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Christmas Snapshot
By Dennis Van Scoy, Sr.

Christmas is a joyous time, enhanced by scents of pine and hollyhock, alive with vibrant children's laughter, and garnished in endearments of tradition. It is the pinnacle of fond remembrances, tender sharing and gracious giving ... the treasure of family sprung from the depths of the heart.

Christmas is snowy rooftops, bell-ringing Santas, and determined shoppers. It's a warming fire, a cup of cheer and the comfort of loved ones all gathered near.

Christmas is the profound expression of faith, fused with the need to worship … a catalyst for reunion and an accelerant for charitable nature. It is the sound of jubilant bells resounding in freedom, aloft in crisp winter air.

Christmas is a special time for burying differences and setting aside one’s self. It is the shining star of hope, ablaze in a vast, ebony sky of indifference …. and, the mutual celebration of creation with Creator.

Christmas spirit knows no malice, harbors no resentment, nor seeks its own gratification. It is instead, the host for warm smiles, firm handshakes and tender embraces, which reflect the intent of its Divine Author.

Christmas is an adventure of music, lights, smells and gaiety. It includes the rich, poor, young and old. It crosses lines of race, age, denomination, nationality and gender. It is the very heart of the winter scene, forever expressed in a single, timeless and heavenly message, meant for all mankind: "PEACE ON EARTH."

Christmas is not a mere point in time, or a date on a calendar. It is, in fact, man's fondest wish for his turbulent world.
Denny Van Scoy, Sr., is a retired police officer turned Christian freelance writer. He and his wife Debbie have 9 adult children and 20 grandchildren, and make their home in Red Oak, Iowa.
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