Christmas-related joy in Luke 1-2

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Gabriel to Zechariah: “You shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord.” (1:13-15)

Elizabeth to Mary: “Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (1:41-42)

And Mary: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (1:46-47)

And Zechariah: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people” (1:68)

And the angelic host: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (2:14)

And Simeon: “He took [baby Jesus] up in his arms and blessed God and said, ‘Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation'” (2:29-30)

And Anna: “And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.” (2:38)