Are You Ready for Christmas? by Otto and Rie Hammer



I remember when we came to Canada around Christmas Time people would ask you: “Are you ready for Christmas?”

To be honest, I never knew what that meant. In Holland we grew up with Christmas as a wonderful Holiday. Our time was spent with family and friends and of course some special Christmas Goodies. Bakings came from the baker; we ourselves did not do any of that.

Gifts were given at Santa Claus on December 6th with wonderful poems and a lot of fun. However, the church played a very important part in our lives. As children we were involved in a Christmas Play. I still remember how excited we were. In the church was a wonderful Christmas Tree decorated with real, live candles.

How times have changed! It seems to me that time goes by faster the older you get. Too much energy is put into gift giving, yet the most wonderful gift is Jesus. He came into this world and was born in a barn with a manger as his crib. He grew up without sin, but took the sin of the world on His shoulders. He died a terrible death on the cross. When we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour, we will make the most important decision of our lives. He presents Peace on Earth and Good Will for all men. May all of you who read this, experience Peace and a Blessed Time during this Christmas Season. I am reminded that even during the First World War the guns became silent on Christmas Eve.

Praise the Lord for He is good, His Love endures forever. If you might feel lonely or sad, —try to hum the song, “Joy to the World” or any other Christmas Song you remember for joy in your heart.

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