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In the Nativity, Jesus was born in the stable because there was no room in the inn.

This image has always bothered my wife’s family.  From an early age, while reading Luke 2 one of the siblings invariably asked, “Why didn’t someone give Him a room?”

We love spending Christmas with her family, because her parents always make sure everyone is always welcome.

In their entry are two images of the Nativity, a wonderful set carved out of Olive wood they found while visiting the Holy Land, and a beautifully carved plaque they found on a trip to China with a very pleased Joseph and Mary holding a smiling baby Jesus.  These two images frame either side of the front door reminding everyone of the universal nature of the Christian ideal, and that in this home there is always room.

Whether you are a believer or not, or whatever the path may be you are called to follow, may you and yours receive the most wonderful of blessings this Christmas.

And may your heart always have room.

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