It's the simple things...
Miracle on 34th Street is still, for many, their all time favorite holiday movie.
It reminds people of a simpler time, when the world seemed to make more sense and life was a little less busy.
So it's hard to imagine this quote in a movie from 1947 being relevant:
"Seems like we're all so busy trying to beat the other fellow in making things go faster and look shinier and cost less that Christmas and I are getting lost in the shuffle." (Kris Kringle)
It's a different world today; as retailers begin to capatalize on the holiday spending in October, neighbours engage in decorating duels; people scramble to mail cards to family members they haven't spoken to all year. We race from parties to pageants, over-bake, over-eat; and admist it all, lose sight of those things which are most important "in the shuffle."
As much as kids like getting expensive gifts, they mostly want their parents to play with them, regardless of the gift.
As much as your elderly family member loves fruit cake, they mostly just want someone to visit with them.
As much as everyone enjoys having the "best spread' of food, it's mostly about the company and being together, even if it is over tea and biscuits.
Just like the original "Christmas Story," it's the simple things that matter most. Then, it was a manager, a baby, a star-lit night.. and today it's no different. Enjoy the simple things this Christmas, family, friends, good company & God's Love, the simplest yet most profound gift one could ever recieve.