Great expectations of Christmas

[The prophetess Anna] came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem. Luke 2:38

Not much is said in the Word about the reaction of those Anna told. Likely they were expecting a political or supernatural Messiah instead of this Baby in a manger. At Christmas many people place unrealistic expectations on traditions, presents, seasonal trappings, parties, and family gatherings to provide something that has to start in the Manger.

Lord, let everything about this Christmas start with Jesus.