Clam chowder on the stove…presents are under the tree, awaiting the grand unveiling (kids get one tonight, and the rest in the morning)…stockings will be tied onto bedposts after children are asleep…praline french toast in the fridge awaiting Christmas breakfast…and a ham for later in the day.
We talk glibly of the “Christmas spirit,” rarely meaning more by this than sentimental jollity on a family basis. But…the phrase should in fact carry a tremendous weight of meaning. It ought to mean the reproducing of human lives of the temper of him who for our sakes became poor at the first Christmas. And the Christmas spirit itself ought to be the mark of every Christian all the year round.J.I. Packer, Knowing God