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, HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2010 9 Just A Thought What is this holiday called Christmas? By RICK KRAFT What does Christmas, mean to you? Give this some thought. If a foreign exchmge student from a remote country to whom Decem- ber 25 t" is merely the day after December 24 th asked you "What is this thing called Christ- mas?," how would you explain it to him? Would you begin by telling him that it is a national holiday and as such you get a day or two off work? Would you tell him that it is a day when families get together to have a big meal and share each other's company? Would you focus on the gifts that are given to one another? Would you talk about a fiCtitious man named Santa Claus who, faster than the speed of sound, in a single night crawls down chim- neys delivering toys to boys and girls all over the world? Maybe you would talk about decorations put on houses to light up the cold winter nights or ever- green trees that are cut down, put in the living roomsand decorated with beautiful orlments. You might talk about Christmas car- ols or people donating to those who are less fortunate. You might talk about holiday cards that are sent and received wishing joy and peace. Maybe you would de- scribe a fire burning in the fireplace on a snowy winter morning. Although Christ- mas can be each of these things, if these are the only things that Christ- mas is about to you, you have missed the boat on what Christmas is truly about It is about an event RickKraft that happened about 2000 years ago. It is about a young virgin mother named Mary who gave birth to a baby in a humble manger in Bethlehem. It is about a star in the sky and the wise men who followed that star. Christmas is about shepherds in the field being visited by angels who proclaimed the birth of a king. It is about the fulfillment of a prophecy written about al- most seven centuries earlier. Although it is an often used cliche, it is accurate: "Jesus is the reason for the season." Without him, there would be no Christ- Aguilera wins iPad Jenny Aguilera was the lucky winner of a new iPad that was raffled off by Lordsburg Elks Lodge #1813. Proceeds from the fund raiser will go towards the Elks' Charitable and Benevolent Trust charity. The winning ticket was drawn at the annual Elks Christmas Party held last Saturday in Lordsburg. Courtesy photo mas. This newborn child 'was born in a small village. He walked the earth for only thirty three years and never traveled more than 200 miles from where he was born. He traveled as a preacher for only his last three years. He never had any significant earthly posses- sions. He never held an office or wrote a book. Yet time itself is measured from his life. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the kings who ever reigned, and all of the parlia- ments who ever sat put together have not affected the life of man- kind upon this earth as power- fully as this child whose birth Christmas is all about. His birth was prophesied in the Old Testament book of Isaiah, believed to have been Written about 700 years earlier. In Chap- ter 7, verse t4 we are told, "There- fore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." Later in Isaiah, chap- ter 9, verse 6 the author writes, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Coun- selor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." The message of Jesus' birth is shared with us in several books of the Bible. In the second chap- ter of Luke we are told beginning at verse 4, "So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he be- longed to the house and line Of David. He went there to register with Mary who was pledged to be married to him and was expect- ing a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wi'apped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." The scripture continues tell- ing us about shepherds in the fields who were visited by an an- gel. Beginning at verse 10, "But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.' "Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the high- est, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.' When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shelherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'" The events of that joyous day two millenniums ago are well documented. The saying, "as excited as a child on Christ- mas morning" should be re- placed with "as excited about a child as angels at the birth of Jesus." Christmas is about the arrival of a Savior, not Santa Claus. Christmas is not about presents, it is about the presence of a baby who will reign for- ever and whose kingdom will never end. It is about the great- est gift mankind has ever been given. The true reason for the sea- "son is the birth of the Christ child. It is about a God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son here to be our Savior. As we are told in John 3:16, "that whoever believes in him shll not perish, but have eternal life." The Christ child was sent so that he might live and die so that we might each receive the gift of eternal life. My prayer for you this Christmas is to not get so caught up in Christmas trees or what gifts you receive from others that you miss the true reason for Christmas. Read an account of Jesus's birth from the Bible be- fore your family opens their presents. Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Talk about what the birth of Jesus means to us to- day. Pray before your Christ- " mas dinner. Take time to focus on what Christmas is all about. I want to wish each of you a blessed Christmas with the peace that passes" all understand- ing that comes from the Savior who came to earth born in a manger. More than just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit com- ments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ kraftandhunter, com mailto:thekrafilawfirm @ aol.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. I M00neY t,00.t t.,j we ea.helpl Give us a call ' today or stop by to see if you qualify for a holiday loan! Iloo-I2ooo 6ENTRY FINANCE lli I. lID ITIEET lllllllll, l| 575-542-8066 i [ Sending wishes and prayers for a I Christmas filled with peace, love and of happiness for you and yours. [" ,G/'/,' a! CHAIRES A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND.SAUCEDOLordsburg Photo courtesy PATTI BADGETT FARNSWORTHISanta Rosa, CA , Charlotte Badgett - November 23, 1917 - June 25, 2010 Bud Badgett - October 19, 1912 - April 5, 1997 This is the engagement picture of James R. 'Bud' and Charlotte Badgett, who were childhood sweethearts. They were married in their hometown of Denison, TX on December 26, 1936. They moved to Lordsburg in March of 1951, with their two daughters; Jeaneane and Patti. Bud (a former high school industrial arts teacher)'and Charlotte bought a home on 612 E. 10th Street (now under Interstate 10) and the Fashion Cleaners, which was located in the building that now is the E1 Charro Restaurant. The next year they moved the Fashion Cleaners to its present location at 309 E. 3rd Street. Eventually they added a tux rental business, and Charlotte especially enjoyed mak- ing the teenage boys of Lordsburg look their best! The Badgetts owned and operated the Fashion Cleaners for over 40 years - both working 5 1/2 days a week until Bud was almost 79. Tillie Alvarez worked for a time at the cleaners when she was a teenager. Ramon Bejarano was their presser for.years. The Badgetts always loved living in Lordsburg and were very active in church and civic life. Bud passed away on April 5, 1997. Charlotte lived in Lordsburg over 53 years, until 2004, when she moved to California to be close to family. She passed away on June 25, 2010. 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