In a few days, December will be upon us. We will, if we are not doing so already, become emeshed in the preparations for that special day. Every year, I vow that this will be the year that I leave behind the commercial trappings of Christmas and concentrate on what it is about: the birth of the Savior. And every year, I fail.
I get caught up in the present choosing and buying and wrapping and delivering. I get caught up in the preparation of food (and let's not forget the eating). I get caught up in the parties and concerts and church programs. And you know what? I love all those things. What's more, I think the Savior is all right with them as well, as long as we choose wisely and remember what is truly important.
And there's the catch: choosing wisely and remembering what is really important.
This I know for sure: Christmas belongs to Christ. Enjoy the rest but remember that they are only trappings and wrappings.