Don't Read This!

…at least not until December 26. Instead, turn off your computer and go spend time with the people you love. Eat ham, turkey, and/or your vegetarian dish of choice. Wallow in 48 consecutive hours of “A Christmas Story” or “It’s a Wonderful Life,” depending on whether your tastes run to Shepherd or Capra. Take a drive and ogle the Christmas lights. Wear your pajamas until 2:00, and play with toys all day. Suck down the eggnog. Read from the gospel according to Matthew and from Dickens. Hum carols, play with children, and start a snowball fight. Fill a stocking.

The pivotal chapter of the Great Dance begins at Christmas, and we have the opportunity to be a part of it. Star of wonder. God and sinners reconciled in the person of a diapered infant. The most high made most low. Joy from the most unexpected quarter imaginable. Glory, indeed.

Merry Christmas, all.