In the midst of all the tradition and commercialization Christmas has become known for, the church has a better message. My wife and I just got back from some early Christmas travels to Texas. It was so enjoyable to spend quality time with the in-laws and nieces — even more so to watch them compete for my son’s attention and to see my daughter run around like a banshee with them. There are few things better than watching kids just play. She nearly brought tears to my eyes when we had to say goodbye. “Cousins,” she bawled, “I want to play with cousins!” She wailed that sentiment for quite a while as we drove to the airport. Needless to say, we had a good time. But even still, despite the frigid weather here in Pennsylvania, it’s good to be home.