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Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Cards of Joy and Gladness

           Have you had your JOY JUICE today?  It’s the “drink of choice” that puts you in the cheerful holiday mood.

            Sending Christmas cards and letters is one tradition that I hope never disappears. It’s tempting in this age of technology to forego that tradition….. and send greetings via social media.  But there’s something special about holding an actual Christmas card in your hands and reading the personal message inside. It brings Christmas joy to my heart! What about yours?

  The sending of commercially printed Christmas cards originated in London in 1843. The first Christmas card’s inscription read: "Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you." "Merry" was then a spiritual word meaning "blessed".  “Have a blessed Christmas” is what the writer was saying.

Think of the cards you’ve received in the past.  The ones we hold especially dear are usually those with a personal note.  We know that the person has taken time out of their busy day to jot a “blessing” of sorts. They were thinking of us and gave a gift of time and sentiment.

God has “gifted” us with a collection of “Christmas cards and letters” that we can read and re-read all year long.  They are found in the Holy Bible.  Luke 1:14 says: And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.”  

Have a “Blessed” Christmas season by sharing the “Good News” of great joy!

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