Everything sparkles at Christmas ...especially the people.

That thought from eight-year-old Stacy can be found in a gift book entitled The Best Christmas Presents Are Wrapped in Heaven Copyright © 1993 Villard Books, a division of Random House, Inc. Excerpts reprinted with permission . and suggests that the message of Christmas is alive and well in a world that is sometimes unsure what constitutes true happiness.

The authors, husband and wife David and Elizabeth Heller, write in their preface that Christmas is a season of the heart, even though some people say it's hard to find Christmas underneath all the wrappings. Who better, they conclude, to lend a lighthearted and thoughtful perspective to this sometimes paradoxical time of year than children? "After all, when a day of busy holiday baking, crowded malls, and shopping sprees has ended, children can quickly remind us where the heart of the Christmas season lies: in the spirit of giving and sharing. Their clever comments and inspired insights often seem heaven-sent."

Extra Bible Lesson
December 25, 1995

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