Not too long ago I was with some grandparents and we were sharing some favorite memories. One of the women said that the "magic of Christmas" began with her grandmother who lived with her family.
She recalled her grandmother asking her on Christmas Eve "Did you hear 'em?"
Then her grandmother would point to the roof and say with a twinkle in her eye, "Santa Claus and his reindeer are up there!"
As you turn the pages of the calendar to December, do you have childhood memories of hearing the tapping of reindeer hooves?
Were you like me on Christmas Eve, watching the weatherman track Santa, knowing that within hours jolly old Saint Nick and his sleigh would somehow arrive at "our" house.
Did you or you kids make special cookies for Santa? Did you leave them for him by the Christmas tree, with a glass of milk? Pops and I did as kids, and so did our children. Now's a good time for us to share some of those memories with loved ones and friends.
Santa used to write our kids notes reminding them of the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. Some of those notes are still tucked away in their scrapbooks.
Ahhhh ... the magic and wonder of Christmas ... the hope and promise of Christ.