We can start the Christmas season in Middleburg, with a hunt club review down main street, surrounded by special seasonal activities before and after, with too many featured offerings in stores to mention, and a really eclectic (quirky?) animal friendly parade. All that is terrific, yet it is only motion on the surface, lasting but a single day, unless we add a deeper purpose to our time.
Join us as an entire community and 7,000 visitors share expressions of joy. Every parade entry is a joyful statement about something beloved in this community. Every open storefront is an expression of open arms and of welcome to one another, too. When else and where else can you celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season by sharing and co-mingling the love in our hearts with so many?
So, on December 3rd, bring your joy and share it. Give your joy and leave it for others. Take some joy away with you and spread it around. That will begin your Christmas season, in love, leading to the peace of Christmas as well, and maybe we'll all find ourselves saying, "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol.
Our Teacher said it this way, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15: 9-11
What do you think?