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Lynda Loveland: Reason for the season

Posted December 18, 2013

Lynda Loveland

I get it now.

I've spent the last three weeks getting ready for Christmas. From buying presents to planning logistics, it's occupied a lot of my brain space. But I got a different view of the holiday season the other night ... in a barn. 

I was asked to participate in a live nativity scene with Greg Fishel. A good friend of mine asked me to do it at their church. It was my first time being Mary!

They dressed me in a robe and head scarf, led me to a barn and handed me the baby Jesus. I sat on a bale of hay with Greg standing next to me.

As I listened to a narrator read the story of the birth of Jesus, I looked around at the wise men, the shepherds and the angels. It was such a warm and loving sight. It was simple and stripped down of the typical Christmas extravagance. It was a stark reminder to step back and remember what Christmas is really about.

Merry Christmas and load up on the love!

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of 101.5 WRAL-FM's Mix Morning Show. Find her here on Thursdays. Click here to see her on Facebook.

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  • asdazy Dec 20, 2013

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful story. It is a family tradition that our family all gather around and listen to Pa (my husband) read the scripture telling of Jesus' birth before any presents are opened.

  • moppie Dec 19, 2013

    Amen :)

  • lyndiaboswell3 Dec 19, 2013

    I agree 100% with you Lynda. I have done the same thing for the last few weeks but I read a caption the other day that has stuck with me. It said "Are you stressed to the limit with Christmas? If so, next year focus on the reason for the season and just do things for those that cannot do for themselves and for those, me included, that have all they need and most of what they want and you will be stress free". I am hoping to try that next year. Hope you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  • barbiedoll1967 Dec 19, 2013

    I wish more people would remember the true mean of Christmas. This story truly touched my heart. Merry Christmas Lynda and your entire family.

  • mrsjanm Dec 19, 2013

    Our 4 year old granddaughter went to see a live nativity at her church. Silent Night was playing in the background. When she got back in the car she said "God really loves us alot". I think she got the message!!

  • cjnall Dec 19, 2013

    The simple act of being still and listening to the story of Jesus' birth always reminds me of what Christmas is about. That one awesome gift! Merry Christmas to you, Lynda and to your family!