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Christmas is a matter of fact, not feeling.

In the famous musical Mame, there is a production number that continually repeats the refrain, "we need a little Christmas, right this very minute." And that refrain expresses the feelings of many people as the Christmas holiday is so quickly approaching. I’ve spent a number of hours this past week in my car driving and listening to the radio---and on many occasions I’ve heard people talk about their not yet feeling very Christmasy---many others talked about what they do to get into the Christmas mood or to feel the Christmas spirit. Some people were saying it just doesn’t feel like Christmas because there’s no snow and they say you gotta have snow for it to be Christmas. Some others were saying how the family wasn’t going to be able to get together ---and it just won’t be Christmas if everyone can’t get together. And while I’m as sentimental as the next guy, and maybe more so than most, I realize that Christmas doesn’t rest upon our feelings, its rests upon the fact that God loved the world so much He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ.