But the moment for me that redeemed my holidays came at the beginning of the production, when Steve, from an off-stage mike, said something like this: 

Every year we hear the Christmas story and hate the Inn Keeper for not making room for the Baby Jesus. But we are just like the Inn Keeper. Our busy lives keep us from making room for the Christ Child as well. ‘That’s the purpose of our program—to provide room in our hearts and space in our souls’ for the true meaning of Christmas.

In that moment I knew why I have been frustrated with the holidays and disappointed in myself. In spite of all my good intentions, I have become the Inn Keeper. I have let the tyranny of the urgent crowd out the Christ Child in my life. In a hundred subtle ways, I have told the Lord this season, “I’m sorry, but I’m so busy trying to do good, there’s no room in my inn for You.”

And so, then and there, I revised my Christmas list to include just one thing: “Make room in my inn this season for the Christ Child who is now the Reigning King.” This is a list I can master, with the help of the Master. After all, He is the One who said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

So, thanks, Steve, for reminding me of the one truly important thing this Christmas. Yours was a priceless Christmas gift indeed.

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Zan Tyler is the senior education editor for Crosswalk.com and co-author of the book Anyone Can Homeschool. She and her husband have been home schooling their children since 1984.