Merry Christmas, Brunswick County!

I hope that you and your loved ones have been able to spend time together eating, talking, singing carols and playing games.

And I hope that Santa is not going to bring too much candy to you and your children.

How in the world did that damaging tradition get started?

Especially when there are so many uplifting and family strengthening traditions associated with the Holiday season.... family meals, reading the Christmas story from the Book of Luke, watching Christmas movies with “happily-ever-after” endings, sharing with others, thinking of others, and, most importantly, thinking of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

One important tradition in our home, and in most of yours, is putting out the Nativity Scene. Most Nativities have Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus, of course, and then there seem to be a variety of barn animals, shepherds, wise men and angels.

Recently, our Church family sponsored a Festival of Nativities at the church building. Even though Cindy and I were unable to attend due to some medical issues that Cindy's parents were dealing with, I was able to help set up and prepare the building for visitors.

I admit, I was not prepared for the feelings that washed over me as I vacuumed the carpet in the rooms displaying over 100 Nativity sets.

Every Nativity was representing the same event, and yet, every Nativity was different.

To read the entire article pick up the Jan. 1, 2020 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.