Families and Friends of Christ Our Redeemer,

In 1848, the members of John Fremont’s expedition to the West were in Colorado.  One man wrote down their Christmas dinner menu.  Soup:  Mule tail.  Meats:  Mule stead, fried mule, mule chops, boiled mule, stewed mule, scrambled mule, mule on toast (without the toast), and mule with applesauce (without the applesauce).  Beverages:  Snow, snow water, and water.  In the early 1800’s, the pioneers of the Great Plains wanted to decorate their Christmas trees.  But they had no trees, so they decorated tumbleweeds.

Later on, those who lived in sod homes were poor, but they still gave each other gifts.  A new saddle for dad.  A rifle for junior.  A new dress for mom.  Of course, they had none of those things.  They could only give each other pictures of the things cut from catalogs.

Others have had poor Christmases, including a carpenter from Nazareth, his soon to be wife, and their newborn Child.  Luke 2:7 shares, “And she gave birth to her firstborn Son, wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”  They ended up celebrating that first Christmas in a stable, with all the sights, sounds, and smells a stable provides.  In these unsanitary conditions, God’s Son – our Savior – was born.  His first bed was an animal’s feeding trough.

Still, because of the life which began that night, every person who is brought to faith in Jesus is given a rich Christmas.  Because of Jesus, we who were condemned by our sins are forgiven.  Because of Jesus, we who were lost and alone now are given a family of faith and a heavenly home.  Because of Jesus, we who were destined for an eternity away from the Lord are given eternal life with Him.  No matter what earthly, financial depression you may find yourself in, this Christmas and every Christmas after this is truly a blessed and rich one.


From one who has been made rich in God’s love at Christmas,

Pastor Steve