Once again we enter the season of preparation and expectation as we speak of dwelling in Hope, Peace, Love and Joy. We prepare by hanging the greens and decorate our sanctuary and grounds. We prepare with fellowship, parades and collection of toys for less fortunate children. We prepare by reflecting on what this time of year is really about, outside of the commercial, and understanding that this may not be a joyful time of year for all. We prepare with listening to the stories in song and drama. Finally, we join to wait expectantly for the evening and day that we rejoice as we remember the birth of the Christ child.