The light that never goes out

Despite The Way the twelfth month has of presenting twice as much to do as there is time to do it in; even though Christmas circulars show up on the doorstep these days with much greater frequency than traditional Christmas carolers; in spite of crowds, commercialism, and commotion—I still love the day, and the season. (Our yearly Christmas issue of the Sentinel has become my personal favorite.) No matter what, something shines through.

Much is said, sometimes with regret, about how people forget that "Jesus is the reason for the season," and how we shouldn't "take the Christ out of Christmas." But, you know something—he is, and we can't. Not even the loudest cacophony of the latest video games at your local Wal-Mart can eclipse the voice of Truth in anyone's heart or mind. And as long as that voice remains unquenchable (which it has since before the shepherds heard "Glory to God in the highest" and the wise men followed a shining star), the spirit of Christmas will remain virtually untarnished.

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