— by Michelle Avery, Editorial Assistant, Herald and Banner Press, from her December Banner article.
It is finally here! Time for lovely gifts, light-lined houses, carol singing, and general feelings of good cheer to all. We spend weeks getting ready. We have shopping to do, practices to attend, greetings to send, goodies to bake, and miles to travel, yet the day is really all about the gifts.
Gifts we often pair with our special resolutions made on New Year’s Day when we celebrate the coming of new opportunities . . .
Which young couples often take advantage of a few weeks later. Simple chocolates and outings take on special meaning on Valentine’s Day . . .
When we revel in love in some of the same ways the people in Jerusalem rejoiced on Palm Sunday . . .
Whose merriment we share before the still mixed feelings of Good Friday’s triumphant tragedy . . .
On a day which is perhaps best understood by the Mothers whom we honor on their own special day . . .
Shortly before June when we give tribute to our Fathers, their counterparts . . .
Whose predecessors fought for our Independence to enjoy all these days . . .
Which we do particularly on the day off work to celebrate Labor . . .
Which we do a great deal of leading up to Thanksgiving when we express our gratitude for the blessings God has bestowed . . .
The greatest of which being the gifts we received on that first Christmas when love, forgiveness, and adoption into God’s family came wrapped in a tiny bundle.