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Old Dec 19, 2001, 12:52 PM   #1
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Default The True Meaning Of Christmas

THE 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 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 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 nowadays 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 Clause, 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.

"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
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."


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