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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Right around Thanksgiving, many Sauk Centre households and organizations started putting up decorations.

From the safely generic "Happy Holiday" strung over Main street to the glowing heads of Christmas elves weighing down tree branches, folks traveling through Sauk Centre would know that there's something special going on.

Holiday-themed store displays, with their plastic pre-lighted trees and cubic yards of merchandise, might suggest that plates decorated with winter scenes and collectible designer knick-knacks are the most important part of this season.

Then again, caroling snowpersons, candy canes, and reindeer-powered flying sleighs show this early-winter holiday as a time for make believe tales of Frosty the Snowman, Jack Frost, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

All of which distracts us from a very important birthday celebration.

For about two millennia now, followers of Jesus have celebrated the Savior's birth in the early winter season. This is when Christians remember that unique time in history, when the Word of God came to live with us, as one of us.

Many Christmas displays reflect this reason for the holiday, often with a crèche or manger scene. One modest yard display in Sauk Centre is quite promising.

Happy Birthday, Jesus!In early December, this household had colored statues of Joseph and Mary, each a little over 3 feet tall, set so that they are looking at a patch of lawn before them. I believe folks at that house may be following a tradition where Jesus isn't in the crèche scene until Christmas Eve, just the way it was back in Bethlehem.

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we have seen his glory: the glory of an only Son coming from the Father, filled with enduring love." John 1, 14

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Brian H. Gill, Editor, Sauk Centre K of C Bulletin

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