Christ­mas is about the birth of a saviour and the joy that brings to all peo­ple. Wor­ship and the retelling of the im­por­tant sto­ries of our faith, are joy­ful com­po­nents of Christ­mas. The Christ in Christ­mas prom­ises to be with us al­ways

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is the bright smile just a few inches above the col­lar.

In fact, that smile may be one of the best dec­o­ra­tions on dis­play through­out the sea­son.

You can pack that T-shirt away for an­other year, but your smile is in style all year long.

It is joy you long for, don’t pack it away.

Re­mem­ber that Je­sus’ birth is not some­thing that hap­pened “to us” a long time ago, but is some­thing that hap­pens “in us” – and al­ways. Con­tinue the cel­e­bra­tion. Let the joy of the saviour shine from within all year long.

The last two verses of the poem Don’t Put Je­sus Away by Anita An­der­son say:

As you take down na­tiv­ity,

And pack each piece so care­fully, That lit­tle baby in the hay, Is the one that came on Christ­mas day.

He's Je­sus Christ, God's only son,

Who came for each and ev­ery one.

We need Him with us day by day,

So please, do not put Him away. So­nia Ed­wards Sal­va­tion Army the

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