This small ribbon of plastic is known as a Talkie Tape. It has tiny ridges and grooves that cause vibrations when you run your fingernail along it. It’s a bit like an old phonograph cylinder. The best part is that it only works if you bite one end of the ribbon between your teeth while running your fingernail along the grooves. The result is that you hear a voice inside your head say, “Merry Christmas.” The message is only heard in your own head as the vibrations echo through the bones in your jaw.
To me it really represents that Christmas is a personal thing. Different things bring the Christmas spirit into the heart of each individual. For some it’s the lights and decorations and putting up the tree. For others it’s the joy of secretly blessing the lives of others. Some love the sight of a quiet snowfall or watching their favorite Christmas movie.
This principle was shown to me very clearly on a Christmas Eve in 2000. I was a missionary in McAllen, Texas. It was Sunday and I was at church. During one of the Christmas hymns I noticed that the elderly woman sitting next to me didn’t have a hymn book, so I offered her mine. She replied, “Brother, I don’t know how to read, so I just listen.”
As we sang Silent Night I watched as tears silently traced lines down her cheeks. I could see her filled with the joy of Christmas.
On this beautiful Christmas morning I pray that all of us may be filled with the joy of Christmas – the joy that comes from remembering the perfect love of our Father in Heaven as He sent His Son. A matchless gift that for each and every one of us.