This time of year, I almost always feel a sense of urgency to pen a Christmas letter that captures like never before the essence of the season. The written word has been around a long time. The likelihood of mixing and matching words sufficiently as to arrive at something entirely new, innovative, and never before achieved in the long, celebrated history of the medium, is about as likely as discovering the one true Santa emerging from your hearth on Christmas morning. For most of us, our most enchanting Christmas memories are from our youth. To fully experience the magic and majesty of Christmas, it’s almost essential to approach it with a childlike faith. The older we get, the more difficult that becomes. In order to recapture the true essence of Christmas, one must do it with a minimum of words, from the purest and most youthful depths of our heart. That’s my hope for each and every one of us this season, that the spirit of Christmas can purify, cleanse and relieve us of our years of apprehension, disillusionment and animosity, and allow us once more to experience the magical Christmas of our earliest memories; pure, simple and unadulterated; a Christmas awash in the warmth, joy and unconditional fellowship that comes of an innocent heart and a childlike faith. Dear God, help us once more to approach, Christ, Christmas and each other, with open arms, forgiving hearts, and the incorruptible innocence of our youth.