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Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas!

Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writers as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched lives during this most wonderful time of the year.

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Simple or Sparkle?
by Tracey Eyster

It’s a simple ornament made of thin cheap metal. It looks quite out of place on our CHRISTmas tree. But each year I lovingly and safely nestle it amongst its expensive and sparkly peers, without a care as to how unglamorous it appears.

Many of our CHRISTmas ornaments have a story. They have an uncanny way of inspiring emotion in me. But this certain one causes an intense stir.

You see the ornament is engraved with the name of my grandmother, Sara. It was given to me by my mother, who ordered it from Hospice, after Grandmama’s death. Yes, the months leading up to her death carry memories of a frail and failing grandmama, but that ornament carries my thoughts to sweet CHRISTmas memories of the past . . .

CHRISTmas Eve dinners in her home, laughing, singing, gathering together, and celebrating a year filled with blessings as we remembered the birth of our Savior. CHRISTmas mornings, she was always there participating with glee in our raucous CHRISTmas happiness. Her gifts were always bank envelopes gently tucked into the pine needles of our CHRISTmas tree—fresh cut from the property she grew up on. Continue Reading…