A wonderful old movie from 1947 called "The Bishop's Wife" starred Cary Grant as an angel named "Dudley," and a bishop (David Niven) and his wife (Loretta Young) during the hectic Christmas season.
It's one of my favorites, and I especially love the closing lines of the movie:
Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking. Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child's cry. A blazing star hung over a stable and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries; we celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, the sound of bells and with gifts. But especially with gifts. You give me a book; I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry could do with a new pipe. We forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled... all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. It's his birthday we are celebrating. Don't ever let us forget that. Let us ask ourselves what he would wish for most... and then let each put in his share. Loving kindness, warm hearts and the stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts that make peace on earth.
Have we chosen our gift for the Savior?
I pray that all of us will spend time with Him this season. I'll be taking a few days off and join you again soon!