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Some of us make it a practice to set aside one evening of advent a year to cruise the residential areas of the city or town we live in and admire the unique display of Christmas lights. I am overwhelmed by all the work and money that goes into some of those elaborate outdoor Christmas displays. I sometimes wonder how many of the occupants living in those houses, decorated with hundreds and hundreds of lights, have actually seen the inside of a church at least once in the past year. Are their efforts all just for show or are they really and truly expressing their love for Christ in their own particular way through this medium? It seems that for many people the most important part of what Christmas is all about is missing from their celebration. People have become so caught up in the materialistic aspect of the season that they leave out the real reason for the season.

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