Last night I attended a Christmas Recital. I forgot my camera. My great niece was in it. She has been taking piano lessons this year and is doing very well. Both young and old participated. Some played the piano, one played the flute and one played the violin. It was all beautiful. The kids were dressed in their elegant, glittery finest. My great nephew had on a black suit with a cranberry colored vest and bow tie. He also had a top hat with cranberry colored trim. He looked adorable.
Midway through the program a young man, who is wise beyond his years, spoke. He told us a story of a young singing group who wanted to record a Christmas album that would be out just in time for the holidays. They chose 24 Christmas songs to record. While meeting with their lawyers they learned a very hard lesson of royalties and copyrights. They found out that all of the songs having to do with Santa would cost more in having to paying royalties than they ever would recoup from the sales of their Christmas album. One by one songs were deleted from their list until all that were left were 10 songs having to do with Christ the Lord. The true meaning of Christmas. All of these songs were free and any song having to do with Santa was very costly. Just as it is in most peoples life today.
Let Christmas be not about the presents which can be very costly to many but instead focus on the free Gift which was given to all of the world as we celebrate His birth. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.