I recently introduced Grasshopper, age 6, to a favorite Christmas video from my childhood—A Charlie Brown Christmas. In that video, a depressed Charlie Brown is given the assignment to obtain and decorate a Christmas tree for the children's Christmas play. But the only tree he can find is a scrawny baby tree. But he convinces himself that it will be just fine after it is decorated.

Grasshopper watched as the children laughed at that little tree, and Grasshopper exclaimed, “But it is so beautiful!  How can they laugh at it!” She was so passionate and sincere in her response. I tried to take a moment to see what she saw—the beauty in Christmas.

In the busyness of the season, may you stop to see the beauty in the people, the gifts, and the circumstances that you find yourself in.