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Things aren’t important, people are.

I just finished reading a short story, “The Real Treasure,” by Judy Gordon.

It was about a mother named Ann, who loved unwrapping her cherished Christmas decoration--a beautiful nativity scene. She unwrapped the noble wise men, handsome Joseph and the beautiful face of Mary. She remembered finding it in a junk shop, hidden away on a low shelf. She knew it would always be her favorite Christmas decoration.

She was placing each figure near the manger before carefully unwrapping Baby Jesus. She was broken hearted when she found that the small Babe had broken into so many pieces that there was no way to glue it together again. Her heart was broken, as well as the nativity set.

She set about making phone calls, knowing that she could not find a duplicate, but maybe she could come close. Just then, her young son came bouncing into the kitchen. His brown eyes showed his dismay. “Mom, baby Jesus is missing! We can’t have Christmas without Jesus.”

Ann put the phone down as his words pierced her heart. She had been so upset over the broken nativity that she was missing a greater treasure. She remembered that Christmas is much more than presents and decorations . . . including a painted figure in a manger.

The meaning behind her son’s words flickered like a candle, and then brightened to shine like a Christmas star. It’s true, she thought. Jesus is the treasure, and we can’t have Christmas if we are missing Him.

Wouldn’t it be great if every home could have a birthday cake for Jesus? Before opening gifts, light a birthday candle, hold hands and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus. Everyone would then be reminded that Christmas was a birthday before it was a holiday.



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