Orville and Wilbur Wright, of Dayton, Ohio, had been working on their flying machine for some time, but without visible success. Finally, in December of 1903 they were able to get the plane off the ground for an extended distance at Kitty Hawk. They wrote to their sister, Katherine, "We have actually flown 120 feet. We'll be home for Christmas."
Katherine was ecstatic at their success and at the thought of having them home for the holidays. She rushed the news to the editor of the Dayton Daily News. With excited heart palpitations, she searched the paper during the following days to see what would appear. Tucked away toward the back of the newspaper several days later was the brief story, "Wright boys to be home for Christmas." Nothing whatsoever appeared about the historic first flight at Kitty Hawk.
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Giving gifts is certainly in harmony with the spirit of Christmas, but too often that has taken over the preeminent place the Lord Jesus rightfully occupies. Many of us have relegated the Christ of Christmas to the back page, while our Xmas celebration is above the fold on page one.
Celebrations, gifts, parties and food are fine -- as long as we don't forget that this birthday bash isn't really about us, it's about a divine Savior who gave up his place on the throne to take his place in the stable, on the cross, and in our hearts.