While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
Thursday Ian and I spent all day traveling to Seattle, spending an extra two hours in Dallas and thanking the Lord we had not booked a flight through Denver. We got to Seattle at 1:00 am; two hours later I lay there awake, feeling like it was time to get up.
Yesterday my family, which has a history of befriending Charlie Brown-esque Christmas trees, obtained a Christmas tree by cutting the top eight feet off a blowdown that Mom thought looked like it would look nice in lights. Only when we put it up did we discover its distinct two-dimensionality. As a thin tree, it at least only takes up a very small amount of floor space.
Today Dad and I invented Word Fugitive Scrabble, in which we play almost-real words using 10 letters and define them.
Merry Christmas to all.