Are you skilled at imagination?
Would it be difficult for you just to imagine for a moment - that right over here to my right - you can see a manger scene?
In this manger scene there would be the shepherds and the wise men; the angels.
There would be Joseph and Mary and the animals - and picture there, a manger....a little stable in a little shelter....and then the baby in the manger.
And then over a little bit further on that side let's have a little 7 year old... golden haired girl ... with sort of a quiver in her voice singing AWAY IN A MANGER.
Can you picture that right there?
There would be magnetism about that scene. There would be a quiet, gentle, holy beauty that would almost be irresistible - would you agree to that?
Now, keep this scene fixed in your mind and.....on the left hand.... I want you to picture now a Christmas tree that goes all the way up to the ceiling - one in which we had to take out about 7 or 8 or 10 chairs from the choir, in order for it to spread its branches..... and picture this tree magnificently decorated with all the beautiful tinsel and ornaments you can imagine..... and then under the tree, let's have about 13 or 1400 gifts .... some large, some small-.-.and under this tree there is a gift - a Tremendous gift - for everyone here in this sanctuary. And then, exploding out through the manger scene, we have a Santa Claus with his ho ho ho and his merry Christmas and .... with bells ringing and chiming ... on his arms and hands and feet and he goes over to the tree singing JINGLE BELLS - and he begins to pick up a present and call out your name - and you would rush forward to see what ex-pensive gift Santa had for you! Keep this in mind.
I have a feeling that the MANGER scene would be upstaged by the bombastic, dynamic, free-wheeling Santa Cl ...
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