Joyeux Noël from Paris!
From all outward appearances, Christmas is not that much different in Paris than it is in the United States.
Decorating begins around Thanksgiving, the malls and shopping districts are crowded with shoppers, and Bing Crosby’s White Christmas can be heard in just about any restaurant, café, or store in the city.
Cathedrals are full on Christmas Eve, families gather for meals, presents and fellowship and most businesses are closed on Christmas day.
So why should Christmas have the same meaning for me this year as I am on a different continent, separated from the ones I love dearly and miss terribly? As I was sitting in the Notre Dame Cathedral today for Christmas Eve Mass, it became very clear to me. It is because I can still celebrate the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ, who came to this world, the WHOLE world, so that all might have eternal life, whether I am in Paris, France or El Paso, Texas.
Have a blessed Christmas!