True Christmas Gifts

Long ago, in the quiet little town of Bethlehem, amid surroundings of the greatest simplicity, dawned the first Christmas Day. Would it not be well for us, at each recurring Christmas, to let thought dwell for a time on the spiritual calm that marked that first Christmas? The patient watchfulness of the shepherds, the protecting care of Joseph, the sweet purity of the Virgin-mother, the innocence of the child, blend into a scene of utmost serenity.

What a contrast exists between the quiet celebration of the first Christmas and a merely material observance of the Christmas season! How we need to rise above the confusion of the world thought to the serenity of the Christ-spirit! Christian Scientists are grateful that their Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has clearly corrected the false sense about Christmas. In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 259) she has written, "Mere merry-making or needless gift-giving is not that in which human capacities find the most appropriate and proper exercise."

God's Will
December 21, 1935

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