This is a different Christmas. Its not melancholy, but quiet, reflective, low-key.
The candlelight service was beautiful, thought-provoking, and very much centered around God's indescribable gift to us, His Son, Jesus Christ. It renewed in my mind, with crystal clarity, what the real gift exchange is all about: accepting God's gift of a new life, of salvation from sin and death, of living in and sharing His light, His hope, His love, His forgiveness. That is Christmas.
Merry Christmas, and may God bless us, every one.