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December: A Great Month for Birthdays!

So, today is my birthday.  As I was growing up, I remember hearing my grandparents, parents, and other adults talk about how quickly the years passed the longer they lived. That was a foreign concept to my young mind.  Since I have a December birthday, it seemed like it took FOREVER for my birthday and Christmas to roll around year after year.  Now, some ?? years later :)... what seemed so foreign as a 9 year old child is now strangely familiar.  A year still has twelve months, the months still have the same number of days, but as my Grandma said this morning as she wished me Happy Birthday; "It seems a year rolls by in six months!"  I agree.  Didn't we just pack away the Christmas decorations and find a place for all the unique little treasures we received?

As we enter the Christmas season, I'm reminded of the beauty of the greatest gift ever given.  I don't know if Jesus was actually born in December, but we celebrate His birth just the same.  His parties are magnificent with trees and lights and gifts galore.  He is celebrated all month long!  Why wouldn't we be excited that the months between December 25th and December 1st seem to race like sand in an hour glass?  December is the month when most Christians remember that we're really part of a great big family celebrating one perpetual birthday party.  Having a December birthday, for me, has always been a great honor.  I have the joy and privilege of celebrating the fact that Jesus was born and chose to die so that I may have life eternal... the ultimate birthday.  I hope you'll join me in celebrating our collective birthday all month long!

~Karissa

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