EDITOR’S NOTE: The following was originally published December 23, 2008, at http://www.amykmillersstudio.com.
By Amy Kathleen Miller
When I was searching through photos for painting ideas, I came across one with a cowboy riding his horse, pulling a mule with a tree on the mule’s back. It looked so serene in that scene. It makes me think about the shows where people had to ride out and cut down their own tree. Most of the people in those early days usually didn’t have enough money to purchase presents in the local stores, or maybe they were not close enough to a store.
This painting makes me think about shows or movies depicted in those times, such as “Little House On The Prairie” or “Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman,” where people were snuggled down with their families with the winter winds blowing outside their homes, where they opened homemade gifts for their families. Their meals weren’t always store-bought either.
Today, most of our gifts are store-bought and Christmas has become a commercialized thing rather than celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, who had come to this Earth to rescue this world from being forever condemned. So the thought I would like to leave with all who read my articles is this: Remember what we are really celebrating, the “reason for the season,” not who gets the nicest gift but that our family, our children are saved through the blood of Christ and the remembrance of Christ’s birth is what we should be talking about with our kids the most. There are some families who enjoy having birthday parties for Jesus’ birthday. There are families who love to read the story out of the Bible. There are those who love to help other families in remembrance of God’s love and the fact that that love needs to be shared in a world that is lost.
I want all who read my articles to know that I care for each and every one of them. And I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
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