Just over a week to go and then the celebrations start. For many in our community, Christmas is little more than an excuse for a party and a holiday. A time to give and receive presents and spend time with family and friends.

All of these things are good, but it’s not really what Christmas is about. It’s a declaration that God is with us! That where there was no hope, there is now hope, darkness is overcome by light and sorrow is turned to joy.

Christmas is good news! As we prepare for the festivities will we be reminded of God’s inestimable gift to us and like the shepherds glorify and praise God for all they have seen and heard, or will our attention be on the gifts under the tree and the meal that needs to be prepared?