Smell The Stable

Well, I have done it for the first time this year!

Christmas is coming, and today I received my first email from someone who said she was going to be busy for Christmas.

I have a famous saying for Christmas that I think I invented. I often say, “Be sure to take time to smell the stable this Christmas.” Not many respond to me statement. Maybe they don’t understand what I am trying to say.

It, of course, is a play off the phrase, “Take time to smell the roses.” For me smelling the stable takes us to the busyness of that first Christmas. No room for Jesus, crowds swelling Bethlehem, and there is the King born in a stable.

I don’t know what smelling the stable means for you this year, but for me it means that the real meaning of Christmas is not “Silent Night,” noise and smells (smelly smells). Jesus came into the midst of our chaos and clutter, and he brings roses at times, but mostly the smell of the stable.

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