It is not about worldly things. It is about the love HE brings. He lay in a manger, no room in the inn, the day that Christ was born. An all-consuming love from the Father and the reason for the season.

An angel had forewarned of His coming and a star led the way for the wise men to deliver gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Three gifts that had spiritual meaning: gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense a symbol of deity, and myrrh (an embalming oil) symbolizing death.

The scene we refer to as the nativity was that of family, doing the best they could under the circumstances in which they were given.

I cringed when I heard an estimated 70 billion dollars would be spent this year on Christmas gifts.

So easy is it to get caught up in that quicksand and yet, when I stepped in my church home last Sunday, I came to an abrupt stop. The overwhelming love of His presence put things in the proper place.

Christmas is love.

It is not about what you can get and what you can gain. It is gathering to share the spiritual gifts and talents that you have already been given.

It is about making harsh times into good times and gathering memorable treasures with each other through laughter and tears.

It is celebration of life and acknowledgement of a spiritual river that flows within. Quiet moments in the kitchen, sweet music in the air.

I share the sentiments of Joyce Sequichie Hifler when she said, “If I could give you one gift this Christmas day, it would be a time of no beginning and a time of no end. It would be filled with good health and peace and inner joy.

“You would quietly refine your thoughts and words so that you never draw to you anything but the finest. You would rest deeply and breathe in sweet peace.

“You would know the tremendous difference between the material and the spiritual — turning from anger and frustration to a safe haven of love.

All issues of life rise from the heart — so this is a gift from heart to heart.”

A LOT of the love we know, takes place in the kitchen, even if it means late nights baking cookies or bread. Thank you to the friends that “showered” me in various forms of snowflakes this week. However this week, this recipe fits the subject of the column:

Angel and Star Sugar Cookies

1 cup of sugar

3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

Put sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla in a bowl and beat until creamy. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.

Cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Set oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness, making sure you spread some flour down first. Cut the dough into angel and star shapes. Bake the cookies on a greased cookie sheet for 7-9 minutes. Each angel and star cookie you make needs your special touch using icing, candy sprinkles and colored sugar. Frost cookies while they are still warm.

THE Kilgore Middle School Orchestra’s holiday tour encompassed several lucky businesses on Thursday of this week. Those businesses included Citizen’s Bank, Kilgore Public Library, The Willows and Region 7. Eleven students made up this year’s orchestra led by instructors Lisa Lininger and Shannon Roberts.

A SPECIAL thanks goes to Mable Streets for our special Christmas presents to each other in the way of inspirational visits and prayers. Priceless.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL. May His Love and Laughter Fill Your Hearts and Your Homes. In the meantime, we may be reached at 903-984-2593 or chitchatlinda@aol.com.

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