William Still was the minister of Gilcomston South Church in Aberdeen, Scotland from 1945 to 1997.    He was faithful to take the gospel to members and friends in the church by writing hundreds of letters through the years.  He wrote a Christmas greeting to the congregation which is appropriate for us during this Christmas season.

Dear Friends,
        On my fifty-first Christmas letter, I want to revert to the rude domesticity of the stable as an antidote to the lavishness of Christmas extravagance, and think of that primitive place suddenly turned into a maternity ward.
        And after all the medical practicalities of the birth had been performed, very likely with an efficiency almost miraculous in view of a hovering heavenly presence, the outhouse was soon turned into a reception area, to receive these tough shepherds who had received the divine message away out there in the fields, and were come to worship the Christ Child.
        Isn't there a romance about all that down-to-earth-ness which is much more attractive to simple Christian minds than all the superficial glitter of our modern Christmas celebrations, egged on by the monstrosity of sheer commercialisation?
        Much better a simple celebration, like we have in Gilcomston on Christmas evening, of bread and wine, than a gorgeous repast.  And, far from forgetting what the Christ Child came for:  to redeem us, we are able to bring the message full circle to his dying love, and the gifts of his body and blood by which we are refreshed and renewed.
        It is so healthy to keep close to the downright realities of our Saviour's birth, rather than paint exaggerated pictures, which only separate us from the realities of life as it is lived nowadays.
        It is therefore in the spirit of this human reality that we wish our loved ones and friends a happy Christmas, attended with all the love which emanates from that crude place, because he is there.
        May his abiding presence be yours throughout the coming year

     Yours affectionately,
     William Still 

I agree with the fundamental premise of Pastor Still's letter.  In fact, it is so important I believe, as the English and American Puritans did, that it ought to be celebrated 52 times a year.