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Christmas at Emmaus in 1967

Emmaus Homes - Friday, December 21, 2018

From a December 1962 Emmaus Messenger

"When's Santa Clause comin'?" Months ago one of our youngsters began asking this question repeatedly, indicating how very much Christmas means to ALL of us here at Emmaus. Now, early in December, there are the outward signs of Christmas, of course, like making, sending, and receiving greeting cards; trees are decorated in every ward, the dining room, day room, and Chapel; the Advent candle ritual is being observed at table devotions; packages and more packages arrive by mail from loved ones and friends, all carefully hidden from curious eyes and hands until the 25th; there are special rehearsals of the choir and the characters in the traditional Christmas pageant; the outdoor Nativity Scene makes its appearance outside our main entrance, lighted at night to radiate comfort and cheer to those inside.

All these signs, however, as all signs, point to something beyond themselves- the true, inner meaning of Christmas. That meaning is grasped best by those who still respond to life and love in the spirit of childlike wonder and trust. And no where is that spirit more real than here at Emmaus. A joyous warmth binds heart to heart as all share the routine duties of the day. Sounds of love and laughter, mingled with the strains of Christmas carols, fill the air. Each day brings evidences that friends from far and near have our Emmaus Homes close to their hearts. During this season we receive most of our annual donations. Without them we could not meet the rising costs of this ministry and compassion.

God bless all of you for thinking of us and may you, too, have a wonderful Christmas!

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