The story is told of a mother putting away the Nativity set after Christmas, when she noticed that baby Jesus was missing. She asked her four-year-old if he knew where Jesus was. He replied, “Yes, but He doesn’t want me to tell anybody.” “Why not?” she asked. “Because He doesn’t want you to put Him away with the decorations,” the boy said. God speaks through a child! As we embrace Christmas, we need to embrace all that was wrapped up in that tiny baby on that first Christmas. We need to embrace the love and forgiveness He offers us now through His great sacrifice on the Cross. We need to embrace His gift of eternal life in Heaven, and peace of mind and heart, and abundant life here on earth.