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On Christmas Eve, lots of people -- especially children -- hope that the BGE, "the best gift ever," is waiting especially for them under the Christmas tree. The problem is that the givers are human. Sometimes, a gift sends a message that is either unintentionally clueless or intentionally nasty. In writing to Titus, Paul reminds us that there is one gift that arrived at Christmas that sends exactly the right message -- every time!
For material based on today's gospel text, see "Away from the Manger," December 24, 2012, at HomileticsOnline.com.
There's nothing like a wrapped present under the Christmas tree to get the imagination going. On Christmas Eve, children will fall into a fitful sleep anticipating a bounteous haul of fun waiting for them in the morning. We love to watch the flying flurry of wrapping paper as excited kids tear apart mysterious packages on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning!
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