'The light of the world'

When our children were very young, we read the Christmas nativity story from picture books, then from the Bible. Later, when the girls brought friends home for the holidays, including those with faith traditions that were different from our own, we welcomed the opportunity to broaden the scope of our celebrations. We found new ways that were both respectful and inclusive to recognize and acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas.

One mid-December a few years ago, I came across an article I had saved in my Christmas files. It told of a family and their friends who gathered in a large room during their Christmas celebrations, turned off the lights, and handed out unlit candles. In turn, they were invited to share with the group something they were grateful for, after which they could light their candle. This feast of good thoughts went on until the whole room was illuminated (“A gathering of light,” Sarah C. Nelson, Sentinel, December 23, 2002).

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