Weblog of Nadine

Dec 9, 2005 at 20:01 o\clock

Blog # 1.

by: jamryn

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 frount of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa  himself stepped out from behind the  Christmas tree. 

"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 noe-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 puregreen color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the ever-lasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man's darkness."  He again reaches 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 reaches into his bag and removes a

WREATH

and places it on the tree. "Teach the children that the wreatg symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love  is one continuous round of affection."

He then pulls from the 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 the crown of thorns woren 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 only 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 cain is the symbol that we are our brothers 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, peace on earth and good will toward man."

Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a 

BELL

"Teach the children that as the last sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring mankind to the fold.  The bell symbolizes guigence 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 servent of the One that is, and I  bow down to worship Him,  our LORD, our GOD."


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