But there is a reality to holiness that I am reminded of this time of year: Sometimes less is more. Fewer words can convey what a profusion may obscure. “Let your words be few, for your Father in heaven knows what you need before you ask.” -Jesus. One well-chosen gift can overshadow piles of more. And one pause may put the whole story into place. Take time.
As you scan the services for next few weeks and make your final plans, be present to those you love and the God who loved you enough to come in the Son and be born for us. Be sure to take some time to be quiet with him and listen to him in the midst of the voices, carols, and prayers of the season.
Remember that no gift matches the gift of his life given to all the world.