Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

December 20, 2013

The Christmas Spirit

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

— Christmas is when we celebrate the gift of God’s only Son, who came to earth as a baby, born of a virgin. He walked the earth as a man to get the whole “human experience,” but we Christians believe it was His sacrifice for us on the cross that saved each of us from an eternity in hell. He paid the ransom for our souls, every sinning one of us, who choose to accept Him as our Savior.

That’s a pretty huge gift. Imagine sacrificing one of your children to save someone else. Yet that’s what God did in asking Jesus to die on that cross; a hideous, horrific death.

Christmas is about honoring that birth, that humble birth of a King in a stable where animals slept. That ultimate gift God gave each of us.

I am encouraged this holiday. When so many kids (and others!) are concerned about get, get, get at Christmas, I love hearing and reading about kids donating and wrapping toys for The Salvation Army Angel trees. About a young boy matching his mom’s donation of $5 for the Navarro County Food Pantry (because every little bit helps, just ask the kids at Carroll Elementary who raised nearly $1,500 — in pennies — for The Salvation Army Angel Tree!).

I love it when my town has so many Toy Drives, it’s hard to keep track, much less make it to every single one.

I love watching the Angels of Corsicana Troop Support working diligently collecting, packing and mailing Christmas gifts (with handmade stockings!) to our military people both here and abroad.

My heart sings when I hear about organizations cooperating with one another for the greater good. Case in point: The Angels of Corsicana Troop Support (do those folks ever sleep?) working with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1009, and the American Legion Auxiliary to make sure every veteran in a nursing home in Navarro County has a personal gift for Christmas.

In our materialistic society, where the commercials and ads for high-priced, big ticket gifts begin around Halloween now it seems, it can be easy to lose sight of what we are teaching our children.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m in a nursing home, I sure hope the majority of the generation running things then will have been raised to serve meals to the hungry on Christmas day, to give out of their own money to children less fortunate than themselves, or to volunteer at the Food Pantry or The Salvation Army. And I hope those who were raised with their focus on get, get, get whether it be the latest electronics, or the fanciest, most expensive jeans or boots or cars, will be the minority.

I certainly wasn’t the perfect parent in this area, by far. Heck, I’m not there as an adult, either.

But I will say my compassion and empathy is widening, while my thoughts about materials things are shrinking.

Look around. I think we had some miracles in our small town this week. And this little town in Navarro County is a pretty great place to live.

Merry Christmas to all.

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com