Christmas is the yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus, but it is truly a gift that we must experience each day. Christmas is a present, not a past.
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How overwhelming the first Christmas must have been for Mary and Joseph. Few things can provoke such intense worry as a newborn child. But few things promise such unreasonable hope, such unexpected change and such unbounded joy.
The waiting time for Christmas is almost over. But so what? After all, there is nothing special about waiting. It's what we're waiting for that matters.
It may be that, properly understood, the Rudolph story can actually nudge us in the direction of the Babe of Bethlehem.
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