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Why is it that the Christmas season seems to sneak up on us every year? Even though we have four weeks of Advent and commercial venues and TV reminding us for months in advance of its imminent arrival, suddenly we find ourselves saying, "Wow it's here again already." (You probably also say that to yourself with the arrival of this letter. "Wow, another letter is here already.")

Aside from its seemingly swift arrival, there is another element of surprise to Christmas. We are surprised that it still holds the magical power that it does. Even the most jaded can find his or her heart a bit softened by the sound of Christmas bells chiming or the image of the Christ child in the manger. We may also be surprised that despite the commercialism that each year threatens to drain our religious feast of its powerful...
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