By Rep. Mike Sanders
At this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in all the trappings of the season: the shopping, the lights, the search for the perfect tree, the perfect presents, the decorations, baking, wrapping, family traditions, you name it.
We have some wonderful traditions in our House District, and I enjoy each one of them.
It’s also a great time of year to remind those closest to us that we love and appreciate them. I love finding the perfect gift for my wife Nellie, something that helps show her how much she means to me and to our boys. I love seeing the excitement on our sons’ faces when they get up early Christmas morning to see what Santa brought them.
I’m grateful for my extended family, especially my dad. I love getting to spend time with him this time of year.
I appreciate our military men and women, many of them away from home during the Christmas season. I extend to them a very Merry Christmas and wish for them a happy New Year. This goes out to our first responders as well – our police officers and firefighters, our EMTs. It extends to our teachers and other educators who watch over our children and make sure they are learning all they need to know to be successful in the future. It goes to our civil servants who work hard every day to ensure we have the state services supplied by government funds.
But maybe after a while you’re a bit like me. The business of the season, the lights, the colors, the sounds, the smells, the enormous amounts of food, can all start to feel a bit overwhelming. I sometimes find myself at this time of year, asking like Charlie Brown did in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”
Sweet little Linus gives the answer, when he quotes Luke 2:8-14 from the Bible.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’”
“That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown,” Linus says.
Indeed it is. Merry Christmas to all.