The true spirit of Christmas


While the tradition might not be as prevalent today as in years past, many households still set aside time to read the Christmas story from the Bible each year.

We share that story with you here.

From the book of Luke, chapter two, King James version:

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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We are fortunate to live in a giving, caring community such as Mount Airy and Surry County. While not everyone may believe in the biblical account of the beginning of Christmas, it is clear the majority of individuals living here do carry the Christmas spirit in their hearts, and they share that with the community.

In the pages of The Mount Airy News over recent weeks, we’ve published numerous stories and photos of local school children and youths who have shown their Christmas spirit — students raising money for Christmas Angel projects, distributing food to the needy, and a host of similar worthy efforts. We’ve carried stories about local law enforcement agencies working with kids, taking them shopping, raising money so children across the county can have a happy Christmas.

And we brought you the tale of 9-year-old Madison Gray, a local youth who asked her parents to take the money they would spend on her for Christmas, and instead help her purchase items for residents of a local long-term adult home. She made a lot of folks happy when she visited that day, all simply because she wanted to help others.

Mount Airy is a friendly, giving community, where the spirit of Christmas often shows itself, and that was never more evident than watching so many people working to help others, to share joy, over this holiday season.

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