As we celebrate Christmas Eve, our ‘Christmas Stories’ series looks at ‘Defiant Joy.’ Defiant Joy is not referring to the joy that we expect if we get every little Christmas detail just right — finding just the right gift, or wrapping our presents early, or taking the perfect photo for our Christmas cards. Defiant Joy is the joy that stays with us, no matter the circumstances. it’s the Joy of a promise, and the Joy of a reality. The promise is the one shared with us as far back as the time of Isaiah, and the reality is ‘Emmanuel’ — God with us. Defiant Joy is a gift from God to each one of us. So, as we conclude the Advent season, remember God’s promise and look forward to the reality – God IS with us still.