On December 17th of 1903 the Wright Brothers made history as they first flew in an airplane in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The world has changed as a result of their amazing feat, as Orville manned the airplane for a twelve second flight. Wilbur rushed immediately to the nearest telegraph office, and sent the exciting message, “Have flown for 12 seconds. Will be home for Christmas.” Receiving the message, their sister Katherine rushed to the local newspaper office with the exciting report from her brothers. She told the editor of their accomplishment and said they would be home December 19th if he would like to set up an interview. He said he would put something in the paper about this. On December 19th, the newspaper had a small paragraph with the following headline: Wright Brothers to Be Home for Christmas.
How could anyone be so blind? The most important message of the year… the decade… perhaps of the century and the editor missed it. But let’s be honest. How many of us miss Christmas the same way?
The trees are ready, the special recipes prepared to cook, the presents bought and wrapped. By now the stress and strain of Christmas has begun to sink in. The tinsel and decorations are wearing thin and the rounds of festivities and parties is wearing us out. And Christmas comes and Christmas goes in many of our lives and in some of our homes without mention of the One whose birth we celebrate.
How can we?