My favorite Christmas hymn (and possibly favorite hymn, ever) is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Please read the story behind the song, which sheds meaningful light on the context in which it was written. But the beauty of this song, as with much of classic literature, is that it continues to have meaning in new contexts.
This Christmas I hope you don’t forget that although life is hard, there is hope. Christmas is a time for remembering that things can be set right. It’s a time for re-aligning ourselves to the goal of peace on Earth and goodwill to men.
May you be blessed this Christmas, and may you bless others!