We should say our most sincere and heartfelt thank you for our most good, merciful and loving God. From God came the reason for our Christmas celebration, the precious baby born in that Judean manger more than 2,000 years ago. An angel announced the arrival of this precious gift to all mankind by saying, "I bring you good news that will cause great joy, a savior has been born to you."

This Christmas, even in the light of the sparkling Christmas tree and surrounded by newly opened presents, the true excitement comes when we turn our attention to the baby named Jesus, who came to save his people from their sins. His birth transcends tradition. It is our central focus as we send praises to God for this indescribable Christmas gift. We all need to remember that God never gives someone a gift they aren't capable of receiving. If God gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.

Christmas is actually three things: faith, love and family. We, as Americans, need to realize to sing and feel the quiet holiday and holiness of that time that's set apart for us to celebrate true friendship and almighty God's gift of the Christ child. The great and wonderful news of Jesus Christ's birth is a source of joy for all people.

Also, take time in each one of our lives to recognize the Jesus Christ is our only hope now and in the future.

Wishing everyone a very blessed and rich "Merry Christmas!"