“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
When I was little, putting up the Christmas tree was my favorite part of decorating for Christmas. Every year, the day after Thanksgiving my family would put together our artificial Christmas tree, fluff the branches, and wrap the lights around it. Then, my eyes would light up as my mom brought out the boxes of ornaments to cover the tree with different memories from the years before. To me, this time represented the start of the holidays, the start of a season of joy. In stark contrast, taking down the Christmas tree a little over a month later was one of the most saddening experiences in my child mind. Christmas was over. It was the end of joy (or at least until next November).