Be ready to receive a blessing

In Germany, where I grew up, many people light candles on what is called an “advent” wreath, in the four weeks before Christmas. This is to celebrate the advent, or coming, of Christ Jesus over 2,000 years ago. One candle is lit the first Sunday, and another one is added every Sunday. Most kids can’t wait until all four are lit, because that means it’s time for Christmas! 

The very best part of Christmas, of course, is—no, not gifts!—but receiving the light of the Christ in your heart. I love what 7-year-old Bobby said in a video on Youtube.com: “Love is something in the room on Christmas. When you stop unwrapping presents and listen, you can hear it.” 

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