These modern days, we are not even supposed to say, “Merry Christmas” for fear of offending someone. It is suppose to be Happy Holidays.
I say crap on that…
With that said let me turn the story over to Santa.
Here is Santa’s story…And what he wants us to teach the children.
I just finished the house hold chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in front of the house. I opened the door and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree. He placed is 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 a tear in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous character we all know.
He then answered me with a simple statement…
“Teach the children”
I was puzzled; what did he mean? He guessed my question, and with one quick movement pulled a miniature toy bag from behind the tree.
As I stood puzzled, Santa said,
“Teach the children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. ” The meaning that now -a-days Christmas has forgotten.
“Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, representing the everlasting hope of all mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thought turning toward heavenly.”
He again reached in 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 in 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 Jesus who fills our lives with light.”
“Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases, like Gods love which has no beginning or end.”
He then pulled out an ornament of HIMSELF.
“Teach the children that I, Santa symbolize the generosity and kindness we feel during the month of December.”
“Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red represent s the blood shed by him.”
Next he pulled out a GIFT.
“Teach the children that God so loved the world that HE gave HIS only SON…We thank God for his very special gift.”
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a SUGAR CANE and hung it on the tree.
“Teach the children that sugar cane represents shepherds crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back lost sheep to the flock.”
“Teach the children it was the Angels that announced 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 tinkling sound, and from the bag he pulled out a BELL.
“Teach the children that as lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring to guide us to God. The bell symbolizes guidance and return. It reminds us that we all precious in the eyes of God.”
“Remember, to 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.”
So, you got the whole story folks. Let us celebrate Christmas alone with Santa and have a MERRY old time.
Merry Christmas to everyone!