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The Christmas Promise: By Mary Wroblewski

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas? Hallmark Christmas movies are in full swing in case you didn’t see enough in July, and I suppose those shopping for “that perfect gift” are stressed to the max as only the chaos of a Pandemic, supply chain issues, and historic inflation can evoke.

But, is that the way it has to be? How about we all stop stressing the supply chain, high prices, and pandemic restrictions? If you can’t locate or afford what makes your “Christmas Tradition” this year, start a new tradition. Simplify your menu opting for more time together rather than preparing a “feast”. Instead of pricey highly sought-after gift items, have a homemade, handcrafted Christmas. You would be surprised how calm your home can be when children are included in the process of planning and executing a project such as this. A simple Advent Calendar could be the key to a productive plan… Your daily Christmas countdown could include a message describing a daily task, project, or community service that would include the entire family. The possibilities are endless here, use your imagination to create a little magic for each day and include a daily Advent reflection preparing your family for the reason for the season, the birth of our Lord.

In the cold darkness of chaos, embrace the warm light of the world, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government is upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

The last twenty months have been a struggle on multiple fronts. So, no matter how you choose to celebrate, I sincerely hope, during this season of love, you will find peace in the Christmas Promise. Merry Christmas Wayne County!


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