Monday, December 08, 2008

Joy in the true meaning of Christmas

I am so grateful for reminders of the reason for the season. I do find myself getting a little caught up in the commercialism of Christmas on occasion (I love to shop for people!) The gentle reminders come from many places - my scripture reading, the Nativity sets in our home, a sweet conversation with a child.

I took the boys to a wonderful event on Friday that helped us all focus on our Savior. Our church had an amazing display of creches throughout the building. Individual members allowed the church to borrow their Nativities for the weekend and there were hundreds of them on display. Beautiful olive wood from the Holy Land, little childrens' favorites like the Veggie Tales Nativity and every sort you can think of in between. There was also a beautiful program with lovely Christmas music and a Nativity play.

The focus last week for the month of Choosing Joy was love. This week, the focus is red. I struggled a bit with how to include that in my posts, but inspiration hit for a perfect choice for today. My absolute favorite picture of the Savior is this one -