For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

John [3:16]


Traditionally, in America, Christmas is December 25th, but in other parts of the world it extends to January 6th or the twelfth day of Christmas. In many countries, Christmas is celebrated as a vibrant holiday for almost two weeks. During this time, Christmas is celebrated with parades and dinners, and each day a present is given and becomes a reflection on the importance of Christmas. Christmas is the day God gave the world his only son. A son, Jesus, who would live to serve and redeem humankind. To accept this gift, we only have to have faith in the gift. This gift is the greatest present any of us will receive. It is not meant to be left unopened, but to be cherished for a lifetime.

Points of Reflection

  • How can you extend Christmas for the traditional twelve days?
  • What is the greatest gift you have received from someone?
  • What is the greatest gift you have received from God?

Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman

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