Dec. 24

True Meaning of Christmas

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

True Mean­ing of Christ­mas

 
 

Just a week before Christ­mas I had a vis­i­tor. This is how it hap­pened. I 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 next to the fireplace.



 

“What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat and I saw 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 old mean­ing of Christ­mas. The mean­ing that now-a-days Christ­mas has 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 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 dark­ness.“
 
 
 
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. 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 shed by Him.


Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, “Teach the chil­dren that God so loved the world that he gave his begot­ten son.” Thanks be to God for his unspeak­able gift.

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 shep­herds’ crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep 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 in the glo­ri­ous news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang Glory to God in the high­est, on earth peace and good will toward men.”

Sud­denly I heard a soft twin­kling 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 ring mankind to the fold. The bell sym­bol­izes guid­ance and return.
 

 

Santa looked back 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.”
 
 
 

 This glo­ri­ous story was bor­rowed from here. Thanks for shar­ing llerrah.com!

 

 

  

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