"It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time.
Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of Godthe lesson that we who are followers of Jesus
do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it.
It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree.
And we do this by being holy peoplekind, patient, generous, loving, laughing peopleno matter how maddening is the Christmas rush
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