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Years ago Harry Reasoner wrote a piece about Christmas for the show “60 Minutes,” in it he said; “the basis for this tremendous burst of buying things and gift giving and parties and near hysteria, is a quiet event that happened a long time ago. You can say that in all societies there has always been a midwinter festival, and that many of the trappings of our Christmas are almost violently pagan, but you come back to the central fact of the day… the birth of God on earth. It leaves you only three ways of accepting Christmas. One is cynically, as a time to make money or endorse the making of it. One is graciously, the appropriate attitude for non-Christians, who wish their fellow citizens all the joys their beliefs entitle them. And the third, of course, is reverently. If this is the anniversary of the appearance of the Lord of the Universe as a helpless babe – it is a very important day. It’s a startling idea that a virgin was selected by God to bear His son as a way of showing his love and concern.

….This story has a magnificent appeal. Almost nobody has seen God, and almost nobody has any real idea of what He is like. But everyone has seen babies, and most people like them. If God wanted to be loved… if God wanted to be intimately a part of our life, he has moved correctly, for the experience of birth and family is our most intimate and precious experience. So if a Christian is touched only once a year, the touching is still worth it. Maybe on some given Christmas, some final quiet morning the touch will take.”

[Harry Reasoner. 60 Minutes “What Christ Looked Like.” Christmas Eve. 1968”

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