Many people will begin putting up Christmas trees soon after Thanksgiving and many of us can appreciate the imagination that it brings about year after year.
Growing up in the late 1950′s and through the 1960′s I remember at Christmas time the feelings of anticipation for Christmas.
My Mother would have a small Nativity scene set up nearby the tree which associated the tree with the Christ Child.
In those days, Christmas trees were mostly either cut down from the field, or bought in town.
It was always a lot of fun putting up Christmas trees, decorating them and watching the wrapped gifts accumulate under the tree.
The lights, the ornaments, the silver tinsels the smell of the tree takes me back when my family would provide a meaningful Christmas. Christmas time was special throughout the Country.
I remember going into town and you can see the lights on the light poles, homes had outside lights and decorations, stores and shops had Christmas advertisements.
Santa Clause would arrive to give cheer and joy at the malls. I always looked forward to watch “Rudolf the Red-nose Reindeer”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”,“Miracle on 34th Street”, all this added to that expectation for Christmas.
I remember my Mother taking me to Midnight Mass growing up.
All of this was building a foundation for me that would help me in my faith in Christ.
One of my Hero’s of the Faith is Bishop Boniface who was born in modern day England in 672 A.D. and from an early age developed a great love for Jesus Christ.
St. Boniface is remembered as “The Apostle of the Germans” and today is the Patron Saint of Germany.