This is taken from the book called: "Watch for the Light: Reading for Advent and Christmas." It is basically a collection of writings from different authors over time (like Martin Luther, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Kathleen Norris, etc.). I guess it's a little bit like a devotional, geared towards Christmas.
Anyway, here it is:
"Jesus' life began in a stable and ended on the cross between two criminals. The Apostle Paul said he wanted to proclaim nothing but this crucified Christ. We, too, havenothing to hold on to except this Christ. We must ask ourselves again and again: Are we willing to go his way, from the stable to the cross? As disciples we are not promised comfortable and good times. Jesus says we must deny ourselves and suffer with him and for him. That is the only way to follow him, but behind it lies the glory of life- the glowing love of God, which is so much greater than our hearts and our lives. - J. Heinrich Arnold"
I think that it has become too easy to forget what Christmas really is about- to celebrate the birth of Christ. Instead Christmas has become about family, and giving and receiving gifts, none of which, by the way, are bad things. Don't get me wrong, those are all good things- but they have their place- to be done with Christ-like love in celebration of the birth of our King.