Well, it’s Christmas in only three days and I hope everyone has avoided the stress and crowds that come along with this special holiday. It’s a great feeling when you have everything done and you can sit down with family and friends and finally celebrate what the season is really about: the birth of Christ. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the chaos, but this is a time to take a deep breath, get closer to God, and rejoice in the blessings that you have.

Below are two things that I thought you might like. The first is a link to what I thought was a very creative interpretation of the nativity in modern times with social media. The second thing is the link to our Shelby Christmas card (video), in case you missed it. The third thing is part of the Christmas story as it is written in the Bible. From everyone at Shelby Systems, we hope you all have a safe and very merry Christmas!

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.