As a child we make our Christmas lists and make sure that all of those who truly love us get copies for their shopping excursions before Christmas morning. I can still remember going through the catalog and marking the things that I wanted most, the things that would make my Christmas truly meaningful. Beside each hoped for gift I would put a star, but beside the one item I wanted most I would put stars all around it so that there would be no way that mom or dad could possibly forget to tell Santa about the one thing that I wanted most to see under the tree on Christmas morning.
As we move into the Christmas Season everyone is gearing up for a month of high commitment and low energy. The stores are announcing that there is less than a month for you and me to get our Christmas shopping done. The ads are announcing that pre-Christmas sales will be over soon so you better grab the bargains while you can. The calendar is so full of commitments and responsibility that it sags to the ground as it hangs on the wall. Along with all of activities of the Christmas season there are semester tests for those of you who are still in school. I’m sure that for many people Christmas will be another verse of Christmas’ past – once the packages are all unwrapped, the ornaments put away, the leftovers finally finished, and extended family loads up and follows the road back home — multiplied millions will raise their voices together like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and sing, “Now I can rest at last.”