The winds were fiercely blowing last week as we were sitting around the gas log fireplace in our friends’ beautiful home. This was after a wonderful meal (where we all participated in bringing a dish!), with fun, festive table settings created by the hosts, who just returned from a trip to Africa (note the fun “giraffe-shaped” napkins at each setting).

Not only did we have place cards at the table, the settings went like this: adult, child, adult, child, adult, child … (the young mixed in with the older). It wasn’t your typical adult dinner conversation taking place around the table that night. Adults were talking with kids and inquiring about their lives, and the kids were asking adults questions in response!

After dinner, our hosts came up with a great conversation starter. They asked each person to share his or her most memorable birthday! We had many laughs and shared some great stories and memories.

I thought to myself, how appropriate to talk about our favorite birthdays, as we celebrated Minor and Nancy’s shared birthday. Because (taking it a step further), the whole ebb and flow of the evening went perfectly with the season at hand.

Then the room became even more intimate when the power went out and left us all sitting around in semi-darkness. After the initial shock, (who isn’t surprised when the lights go out?), we turned to the flickering candles and the glow from the fireplace, from which came a comforting light. And we continued around the room …sharing.

This time of year, our celebration is for the One whose birthday will never cease. It’s for the One who came for all. It’s the most important birthday celebrated in the history of mankind.
It changes my focus and brings meaning and sense to this sometimes-senseless holiday.

Yes, we mix it up as we partake in this wonderful celebration.

The most humbling thought is this: it includes us all – the young, the in-between, and the older.

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