This is how it happened…I just finished placing the Gifts under the Christmas Tree, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I open the door to the front room and to my surprise, there she was crying over her children’s Christmas list. I placed my finger over my lips so she would not cry out. “What are you doing?” I asked. I saw she had tears in her eyes. Her joy was gone, she looked confused. The words choked up in her throat.
I want… I want is all I hear from them, I want!
I then answered with a simple statement. “TEACH THE CHILDREN!”
She looked puzzled; I anticipated her question, and with one quick movement brought forth my toy bag from behind the tree. As she stood bewildered,
I repeated, “Teach the children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten.”
I then reached in my 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.”
I again reached into my 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.”
Reaching into my bag again I 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 I reached into my bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the mantle.“Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.”
I 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 represents the blood shed by Him.”
Next I pulled from my 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. “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.”
I 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.”
I then reached in my bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the mantle. “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.”
Suddenly she smiled when she heard a soft twinkling sound, and from my bag I 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.”
The tears gone now from her eyes, a smile broke over her face. She asked, “But where does that leave you Santa?”
I then pulled from my bag an ornament of MYSELF. “Teach the children that I, St. Nick, ( Santa Claus ) symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.” 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.