On Christmas Eve, Joy’s family hustled around preparing for the holiday. Her father was a family man and had taken several days off work. Joy was a poster child for holiday cheer, dancing around and grinning.
After dinner, the family piled into their car and headed to church for the Christmas Eve service.
Snowflakes drifted down as they walked into the old building. Immediately they were surrounded by joyful melodies of Christmas carols.
A man stood up and read the story Joy had learned on her mother’s knee. It was about a baby named Jesus who was born in the town of Bethlehem. This baby was God’s Son. He had come to live on Earth out of love and to be with people who desperately needed him.
Joy’s thoughts kept turning back to Nick. It must be miserable to be lonely on Christmas, a day that celebrates God’s Son coming to Earth. Tears started to run down her cheeks, but she brushed them away. She didn’t want to look like a crybaby.
on her mother’s knee：在小時候（= learned something when you were very young）
It must be … to be …（…一定很…）