Before decking the halls,
Before the stockings, ornaments, and candles,
Before the fa-la-la-la-las, and jingle bells,
Before candy canes and cookies....
First things first!
"Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world." C.S. Lewis
"The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God." C.S. Lewis
"The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable." Ralph W. Sockman
"Who among us will celebrate Christmas correctly? Whoever finally lays down all power, all honor, all reputation, all vanity, all arrogance, all individualism beside the manger; whoever remains lowly and lets God alone be high; whoever looks at the child in the manger and sees the glory of God precisely in his lowliness." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is In the Manger