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Teach the Children

 

A meaning and symbolism of Christmas that we may have forgotten in the roar and confusion of the holiday season. 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 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 wouldn’t cry out.

 

“What are you doing?” I started to ask.

 

The words choked in my throat as 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 there bewildered, Santa said, "Teach the children. Teach them the old meaning of Christmas – the meaning that a now-a-day Christmas has forgotten."

 

Santa then reached into his bag and pulled out a Fir Tree and placed it on the mantle. "Teach the children 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 a pulled out a brilliant star. "Teach the children the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Saviour for the world and the star was a sign of a promise fulfilled."

 

He then reached into his bag and pulled out a candle. "Teach the children the candles 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 then removed a Wreath and placed it on the tree. "Teach the children the wreath symbolizes the eternal nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is the continuous round of affection."

 

He then pulled out of his bag, an ornament of himself. "Teach the children Santa Claus symbolizes the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December."

 

He reached in again, and pulled out a Holly leaf. "Teach the children, the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the Crown of Thorns, worn by our Saviour. The red berries represent the blood she by Christ."

 

Next he pulled out from his bag a Gift. "Teach the children that God so loved the world, He gave us his only begotten Son.

 

Thanks to God for the unspeakable Gift. Teach the children that wise men bowed before the Holy Babe and presented Him with gold, frankincense and myrrh. We should give gifts in the same spirit as the wise men."

 

Santa reached into his bag and pulled out a Candy Cane and hung it on the tree. "Teach the children the candy cane represents the Sheppard’s crook. The crook on the Sheppard’s staff helps bring back strayed sheep from the flock. The candy cane is a symbol, that we are our brother’s keeper."

 

He reached in again and pulled out an Angel. “Teach the children, it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Saviour’s birth. The angels sang "Glory to God in the highest on earth, and peace and good will to all men."

 

Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound and from his bag he pulled out a bell. "Teach the children the lost sheep are found by the sound of a bell, it should bring people to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return."

 

Santa looked at the tree and was pleased. He looked back at me, and I saw the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, "Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas, and not to put me in the center for I am but a humble servant of the One who is, and I bow down and worship Him, our Lord, Our God."

 

~~ Unknown ~~

 

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