Remember the reason for the season

Published 5:00 pm Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas is a time that can be one of the most stressful of the year. We have all of the hustle and bustle, buying presents, wrapping presents, cooking for numerous family members and all of the parties that are scheduled.

Some of us have to work ahead so we can have the day off. Others have long vacations around the holidays.

Then there are some that don’t have the holidays off at all. Those who have to work on any holiday we have are police officers, firefighters, nurses, doctors, dispatchers, paramedics and numerous others who we just don’t have the time to list. We thank those people who sacrifice the time that they could be spending with their families to make our streets safe and to care for our sick.

No matter who you are, we always must remember the reason for the season. Even in the famous “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” we are reminded just what that reason was.

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

We must take the time to remember this reason as why we celebrate Christmas.