A Wonderful Child


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There would be no Christmas Day without the birth of Jesus Christ it is just that simple.  Christmas is the celebration of the coming of a little baby boy born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes.  He was conceived by the spirit of the God in a woman who was a virgin.  It is a lot to take in but it is part of the foundation of the Christian faith; the second part is the death of Jesus of Nazareth but that is a different holy day, today the focus is Christmas.

I awoke this morning, which is Christmas Eve to the sounds of a Catholic mass half way around the world broadcasted from London, England; yes, I slept in quite late this morning.  The mass started with explanation of the prophecy surrounding the future coming of the savoir and then explained the situation around his birth.  Today is one of my favorite days but not merely because of the anticipation of Christmas; it is because of midnight mass.  I am a member of a missionary Baptist church but my husband is Catholic.  Prior to our marriage 19 years ago we began attending midnight mass at his parish in Chicago, Illinois; we carried the tradition to Columbia, South Carolina.

It is a wondrous feeling singing Christmas carols and remembering the humble birth of Jesus Christ.  My church also has a service each Christmas and this year since it falls on Sunday, so will most churches.  There is so much hustle and bustle around this season; people quite simply seem to forget the reason for the season.  Sure there is the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah but I am Christian and therefore celebrate Christmas in all of its glory.  However, I am certain the same commercialism surrounds Hanukkah.

Last year my family and I decided that we would not put up a Christmas tree, I don’t quite know exactly where the Christmas tree tradition began.  I suppose I could easily find out but I would prefer to put up a nativity scene going forward because I don’t recall ever hearing about Jesus being born under a pine tree and wrapped in red and green tissue paper.  Now don’t get me wrong I love the beauty of Christmas trees with beautiful ornaments and the smell of a live tree is amazing, however, I have decided to put a little more focus on the Christmas day foundation.  There will also be the exchanging of a few gifts among family & friends just not all the fuss surrounding getting gifts for co-workers and everyone else I come in contact with on a daily basis.

In addition to attending midnight mass, I enjoy cooking a nice Christmas dinner.  This year my husband works Christmas evening, so dinner will be prepared today on Christmas Eve.  A few years ago my mom and I started a new tradition because our immediate family was small and consisted of only four people. My mom would make her very delicious spaghetti and meatballs from scratch and I would make green bean casserole with peach cobbler for dessert.  Now this year it is only my husband and I so I have shifted the tradition to include more Christmastime themed food.  This year will be a pot roast with mushrooms & onions; macaroni & cheese; green bean casserole; brussel sprouts with bacon; and wheat yeast rolls with brownies for dessert.

This year I was forced to face the reality that traditions do change as the faces around us change.  Our plans in life do not always go as we would desire but when we have people around us that love us it makes the Christmas holiday just as happy as past years.  Also remembering previous years filled with joyful moments makes current times just as joy filled.  I must admit this Christmas is a little tough for me but I remember that God gave me the best gift of all when he sent his son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Finally, PaisleyPerspective wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas filled with peace and love; and I leave you with a video and lyrics for one of my favorite Christmas songs, “Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child”.

Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child

Lyrics by: Margaret Allison

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Jesus, Jesus

Oh what wonderful child

Jesus, Jesus

So lowly meek and mild

New life, new hope joy He brings

Won’t you listen to the angels sing

Glory, glory, glory

To the new born King

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Jesus, Jesus

Oh what a wonderful child

Jesus, Jesus

So lowly meek and mild

New life, new hope, new joy He brings

Won’t you listen to the angels sing

Glory, glory, glory

To the new born King

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He was herald by the angels

Born in a lowly manger

The Virgin Mary was His mother

And Joseph was his earthly father

Three wise men came from afar

They were guided by a shining star

To see King Jesus where He lay

In a manger filled with hay

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Jesus, Jesus

Oh what a wonderful child

Jesus, Jesus

So lowly meek and mild

Oh new life, new hope, new joy He brings

Won’t you listen to the angels sing

Glory

To the new born King

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Oh Jesus

Jesus

Mary’s baby boy

Lamb of God

Heavenly Child

Jesus

Jesus

I Love Him

Oh Jesus

All Mighty God

King of kings

Oh Jesus

Oh Jesus

Oh, oh, oh, Jesus

Wonderful, wonderful one

Oh, oh

Oh Jesus

Oh Jesus

Son of God

Oh Jesus

Glory…

To the new born King, yeah…

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