Amy’s hometown of Belleville, Illinois (part of the St. Louis metro area) has a religious retreat called Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and, each year, the shrine puts on a display of Christmas lights and decorations that brings visitors in from hundreds of miles away.

We spent Christmas 2003 in Belleville wrapping up her mother’s estate and found time to visit the shrine and drive through the mammoth display.  It is something to experience.

Such displays remind us of the spirit of Christmas. At a time when the religious significance of the season can be lost amid the commercialism that dominates not only Christmas but so many other holidays.

As we head into the final weekend before Christmas, please join us in remembering the real reasons we celebrate this holiest of holidays.

Merry Christmas.