My favorite Christmas songs and hymns are those that focus on Mary. Our Primary songbook contains an especially lovely song "Mary's Lullaby" that brings me to tears each time I hear the children sing it.
However, my thoughts turn to Joseph as well. Sometimes he is the forgotten man at Christmas. Yet he played a pivotal role in Christ's birth and upbringing. It was Joseph who took care of Mary when he might have well turned her away or had her stoned. It was Joseph who found shelter for the pregnant Mary. It was Joseph who taught the young Jesus how to work with his hands in carpentry.
Joy for today: remembering Joseph.