We already are in a full-blown celebration of Christmas, yet in the midst of a season of deep preparation in order to fully grasp what God is doing in the birth of Jesus. The holiday is shaped by real life issues like COVID, deep polarization and personal tragedies, yet is eternal in its impact because it involves the One who sits on the heavenly throne. Santas, candy canes and reindeer are everywhere, yet so are Advent wreaths, stars on Christmas trees and the Nativity scene. The glitz and glitter of Christmas is magical, yet we are preparing to celebrate an event in which God is fundamentally transforming everything through, of all things, a child. So how do you put all of this together? Enjoy everything about the season. But always make sure your heart is in the manger with the Christ child.