It is the Christmas season again and here in Hanoi the decorations are going up. Christmas trees abound along with twinkling lights and tinsel. Shopping malls become even more active and consumerism blossoms as gift giving and parties become the center of interest.
It is difficult to focus on the real meaning behind this important season amid all the merry making. The following quote is a good reminder where our focus should be.
“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years. Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.” (George Mathew Adams)