Fr. Scott Haynes
In the great mystery of Christmas and its beautiful traditions, there is a pious legend that at the Nativity of Christ, the shepherds brought Him fruits and flowers as a token of their devotion to the Christ Child. The plants that were chosen rejoiced as they were chosen to be presented to their Maker. But the shepherds had not plucked anything from the fir tree because the spiky cones and needle-like leaves did not seem a worthy gift. The fir tree, realizing it was unworthy of the the shepherds' consideration, quietly pleaded,
"My newly-born God, what can I offer Thee? I offer you my poor and unworthy existence. This I gladly give You in gratitude for You having created me in Your wisdom and goodness."