True Meaning of Christmas

ymfoster

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I had this in one of my Christmas e-mails .........................




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.

"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 now-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 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.



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."
 

ymfoster

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Well I think they're universal amongst most Western religions :)




PS the piccies didn't show the first time I saw your reply :D
 

Gabriel

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SirKenin said:
Aren't these the international symbols of Christmas?




Not for me...I haven't used mine this year at all:) I use them for school stuff, and emergencies:)
 

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