*This was originally posted on December 5th.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17
Until a week ago my family had a beautiful nine foot tall artificial Christmas tree adorned with 1,100 prestrung lights.
Even though I know many of you will condemn me for owning an artificial tree at all, this one was fantastic or, at least it was when we got it as a gift ten Christmases ago.
For the first three or four years I unpacked the tree from its box, set it in the corner, carefully unfolded the branches, ran the cord under the skirt, plugged it in, and sat beck to admire its beauty. Could be that my childlike love of all things Christmas is skewing my objectivity a little but our tree, even before the topper was put…
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