A Christmas State of Mind

Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” — Calvin Coolidge

Morning Moments:
1. The Grinch thought, “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps. . . means a little bit more.”

2. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. ~ 2 Corinthians 8:9

3. When we think of God, we think of the most powerful and richest being in the whole universe. Yet, our Lord Jesus was actually born into a poor family? We know this from the offering His mother Mary brought to the temple after Jesus was born, according to the Law for purification. (Luke 2:22–24) She brought a pair of turtledoves or young pigeons, which was the only type of offering the poor could afford. (Leviticus 12:2, 8)

But with Jesus in their lives, Mary and her husband Joseph didn’t remain poor. Wise men came to Jesus with treasures—“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)

Favorite Christmas Movie

At our house you know it’s Christmas when we watch some version of “Scrooge”.  This weekend my wife made me watch the “Muppet Christmas Carol”.  It wasn’t actually that horrible we liked it and it has some good original songs.  Miracle on 34th Street is a shared favorite for me and my wife. Growing up her family watched “Scrooge” with Albert Finney and my dad loved to watch “White Christmas”.   Is there a movie you are guaranteed to watch every Christmas or a Christmas movie family tradition?

Christmas shipping deadlines

Sorry to be a grinch, but the deadlines to get orders in for (lower cost) ground delivery from UPS, United States Postal Service and Federal Express have already passed.

That doesn’t mean it’s too late to get those gifts to the doorstep in time for Christmas, however. And the postal elves are working overtime to help you make holiday magic. Deadline is Now!!! And for most it was yesterday!

Some 2.5 billion packages are expected to be shipped this holiday season, a new record, up from 2.3 billion a year ago, according to a new study.