It is easy to reduce Christmas down to a time of sentimental feelings or desires. There are some people who might see Christmas only as joy, while there are others who might only dwell on the loss of loved ones. There is no doubt that we may even vacillate between these two feelings. It is also true that both of these views have a basis. So, how do we keep these feelings or desires in a proper perspective? How can our God understand both of these views of Christmas? How does the strange man Simeon even help us to keep our Christmas struggle in perspective or reorient our priorities?