And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for ALL the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
Did you notice how the bible said for All people. That includes our children with Down syndrome, and anyone with any kind of special need! They, too, shall participate in all the joyous singing, the wonder of the season, eating delicious foods, opening Christmas presents, and be allowed to lead a safe and dignified life. They, too, shall be afforded piano-lessons, going to concerts and listening to heavenly music.
Why do I always talk about piano and music so much? Because it’s the only modality that engages 90% of the brain and brings joy unspeakable. It’s the only activity left in this capitalistic world that can truly remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. During this busy season, where many of us have to attend a host of parties and dinners, where retailers work around the clock to entice us to spend our money and buy. Yet, by buying and giving gifts for each other, we celebrate the gift of this special child called Jesus Christ, the light of this world. By hanging up lights, we celebrate the light of the world, which brings us hope. Hope that someday the world will accept and include people with special needs. Hope that some day the murdering of innocent lives will stop. Hope that there will be true peace.
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