The merriest of Christmases to you! Shane and I are spending the holiday with his family in the great snowy north this year. Last year his gramma reminded us it would be our last "single" Christmas, and today we get to celebrate our first married Christmas! I'm not sure what today looks like, but I know we'll be with family, we'll give gifts, and I'm sure we'll share stories of years past.

I want to leave you with one of my most favorite things to read every Christmas. It's the intro to The Jesus Storybook Bible, and it fills my heart with joy and wonder every time.

"Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn't do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn't mainly about you and what you should be doing. It's about God and what He has done.

Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you'll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren't heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose), they get afraid and run away. At times, they're downright mean.

No, the Bible isn't a book of rules or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a story. It's an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It's a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne -- everything -- to rescue the ones he loves. It's like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

It takes the whole Bible to tell this story. And at the center of the story, there is a baby. Every story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece int he puzzle -- the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture."

Isn't that one of the most beautiful things you've ever read? I'm tearing up a little reading it for the 1000th time. Soak this in today, friends, as you celebrate the meaning of Christmas. And remember, the stories are true.