True Meaning of Christmas
Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor. This is how it happened. I
had just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to
go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the
door to the front room, and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out
from behind the Christmas tree. He placed his finger over his mouth so I would
not cry out.
"What are you doing?" I started to ask.
The words choked up in my throat, and I saw that he had tears in his eyes.
His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we
all know. He then answered me with a simple statement: "TEACH THE CHILDREN!"
I was puzzled, what did he mean?
He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a
miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa
said, "Teach the children. Teach them the real meaning of Christmas. The meaning
of Christmas that nowadays has been forgotten."
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it
before the mantle. Teach the children that the pure green color of the
stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting
hope of mankind. All the needles point Heavenward, making it a symbol of
man's thoughts turning toward Heaven.
He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. Teach the
children that the star was the Heavenly sign of promises long ago. God
promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of the
fulfillment of His promise.
He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE. Teach the children
that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and
when we see this great light, we are reminded of He who displaces the
Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on
the tree. Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature
of love Christ showed for us.
Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.
He then pulled from his bag an ornament of HIMSELF. Teach the children that
I, Santa Claus, symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the
month of December.
He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. Teach the children that the holly plant
represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our
Savior. The red holly berries represent the blood that He shed for us.
Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, "Teach the children that God
so loved the world that whoever believes in Him shall have everlasting
life." (John 3:16) Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift. Teach the
children that the wise men bowed before the Holy Babe and presented Him
with gold, frankincense and myrrh. We should always give gifts in the
same spirit of the wise men.
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on
the tree. Teach the children that the candy cane represents the
shepherd's crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring strayed sheep back to the
flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother's keeper.
He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. Teach the children that it
was the angels that heralded the glorious news of the Savior's birth. The
angels sang "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of
Suddenly I heard a soft tinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a
BELL. Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of
the bell, it should bring mankind to the fold. The bell symbolizes
guidance and return.
Santa looked around and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw that
the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, "Remember, TEACH THE CHILDREN the
true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center for I am but a
humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship Him, Our
Lord, Our God, and Savior.
[ Author Unknown -- from Lisa Fierce, via Linda Letkeman -- Ed:anon. ]
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