Editor: These days, many people in this world work so hard to eliminate everything that is related to Christianity from the public eye. Christmas time is no different. Some will use the word xmas instead of Christmas. Others will say happy holidays instead of Merry Christmas for fear they will offend someone. Then there are those who are offended by the nativity scene.

We have commercialized Christmas to the point that most people, even some Christians, get so caught up in the shopping and cooking and everything else going on that they barely give any thought as to why we even have a Christmas in the first place. If it had not been for the birth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, there would be nothing to celebrate. Jesus was not just another child born in the world. He was God's perfect gift to the world and whosoever believes on him will have eternal life in heaven.

This Christmas it would do us all good to spend as much time thanking God for the precious gift of his son as we do with all the hustle and bustle of the season. If we do that, we will still have that Christmas spirit even after the Christmas rush is over. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Barry Burnette

Lexington