I’m not sure that I will be the first to extend this joyous greeting to you today, but whether I am the first or just the last (so far), “Merry Christmas!” Our long lead-up to Christmas is now over. We can all rejoice that God came to us so long ago and that we have now arrived on the day set aside to celebrate the birth of Jesus, God with us. How wonderful this is, perhaps this year more then most!
It’s also quite possible you’ve already received and viewed the Knox staff Christmas greeting. It has come to you in video format this year. I’m grateful for Jan & Curt Parry for teaming up on both a unique update of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” that we all know as “The Night Before Christmas,” and the way they led staff to share it with all of Knox. If you haven’t received it yet, look for it. If you have, please be sure to watch.
According to tradition, the original poem was written by Clement Clarke Moore. Apparently he wrote it just for his family, much as Jan updated it just for our Knox family for this unique year. What the Moores did not count on was an enthusiastic family friend, one Harriet Butler, who put it into a collection she submitted to the editor of the Troy Sentinel. It was published in that New York newspaper on December 23, 1823.
The end of Mr. Moore’s piece has St. Nick spring to his sleigh, and, with a whistle to his reindeer team, he calls out, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!” In our adaptation, I invite you to celebrate the closing lines, “Christmas still comes, with God’s Love and His Light. So, happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.” May this Christmas Day fill us all with the wonder of God’s Light for us and the entire world. God bless us all.
Glad it is Christmas in these remote days,
P.S.: May your New Year’s Day also be special. We will resume the Village Smith on Friday, January 8, 2021.