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Meaning of Christmas
Late one Christmas Eve I
sank back, tired but content, into my easy chair. The kids
were in bed, the gifts were wrapped, the milk and cookies
waited by the fireplace for Santa. As I sat back admiring the
tree with its decorations, I couldn't help feeling that
something was missing. It wasn't long before the tiny
twinkling tree lights lulled me to sleep. I don't know how
long I slept, but all of a sudden I knew that I wasn't
I opened my eyes, and you can imagine my
surprise when I saw Santa Claus
himself, standing next to
my Christmas tree. He was dressed all in fur from his head to
his foot just as the poem described him. But he was not the
old elf" of Christmas legend. The man who stood
before me looked sad and
disappointed. And there were tears
in his eyes.
"Santa, what's wrong?" I asked. "Why are
you crying?" "It's the children," Santa replied sadly. "But
the children love you," I said. "Oh, I know they love me and
the gifts I bring them," Santa said.
"But the children of
today seem to have somehow missed out on the true spirit of
Christmas...and it's not their fault! It's just that the
adults, many of them not having been taught themselves, have
forgotten to teach the children."
"Teach them what?" I
Santa's kind old face became soft, more gentle.
His eyes began to shine with something more than tears. He
"Teach the children the true meaning of
Teach them that the part of Christmas we can
see, hear, and touch is much more than meets the eye.
them the symbolism behind the customs and traditions of
Christmas we now observe. Teach them what it is they truly
Santa reached into his bag and pulled out a
tiny Christmas tree and set it
on my mantle." Teach them
about the Christmas tree. Green is the second
Christmas. The stately evergreen with its unchanging color
the hope of eternal life in Jesus. It's needles
point heavenward as a reminder that man's thoughts should turn
heavenward as well."
Santa reached into his bag again
and pulled out a shiny star and placed it at the top of the
small tree. "The star was the heavenly sign of promise. God
promised a Savior for the world and the star was the sign of
the fulfillment of that promise of the night that Jesus Christ
was born. Teach the children that God always fulfills His
promises and that wise men still seek Him."
Santa, "is the first color of Christmas."
forth a red ornament for the tiny tree. "Red is deep, intense,
vivid. It is the color of the life-giving blood that flows
through our veins. It is the symbol of God's greatest gift.
Teach the children that Christ gave His life and shed His
blood for them that they might have eternal life. When they
see the color red it should remind them of that most wonderful
Santa found a bell in his pack and placed it on
the tree. "Just as lost sheep are guided to safety by the
sound of the bell, it continues to ring today for all to be
guided to the fold. Teach the children to follow the true
Shepherd who gave His life for the sheep."
a candle on the mantle and lit it. The soft glow from its one
tiny flame brightened the room. "The glow of the candle
represents how man
can show his thanks for the gift of
God's son who was born that Christmas Eve long ago. Teach the
children to follow in Christ's footsteps, to go about doing
good. Teach them to let their lights shine before men that all
may see it and glorify God. This is what is symbolized when
the twinkly lights shine on the tree like hundreds of bright,
shining candles, each of them representing one of God's
precious children, their light shining for all to
Again, Santa reached into his bag and this time
he brought forth a shiny red and white striped candy cane. As
he hung it on the tree, he spoke softly, "The candy cane is a
stick of hard, white candy. White to symbolize the virgin
birth and sinless nature of Jesus and the shape 'J' to
represent the precious name of Jesus who came to earth as our
Savior. It also represents the crook the Good Shepherd uses to
reach down into the ditches of the world to lift out the
fallen lambs who, like sheep, have gone astray. The original
candy cane had three small red stripes which are the stripes
of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed, and a
large red stripe that represents the shed blood of Jesus so
that we can have eternal life.
Teach these things to
Santa brought out a beautiful wreath made of
fresh, fragrant greenery and tied with a bright red bow. "The
bow reminds us of the bond of perfection which is love. The
wreath embodies all the good things about Christmas for those
with eyes to see and hearts to understand. It contains the
colors of red and green and the heaven-turned needles of the
evergreen. The bow tells the story of good will towards all;
and its color again reminds us of Christ's sacrifice. Even its
very shape is symbolic, representing eternity and the eternal
nature of Christ's love. It is a circle without beginning and
without end. These are the things you must teach the
"But where does that leave you Santa?" I
The tears gone now from his eyes, a smile broke over
"Why, bless you my dear," he laughed. "I'm
only a symbol myself. I represent the spirit of family fun and
the joy of giving and receiving. If the children are taught
these other things, there is no danger that I'll ever be
"I think I'm beginning to understand at
last," I replied.
"That's why I came," said Santa.
"You're an adult.
If you don't teach the children these
things......then who will?"
Midi file playing is "The Twelve Days Of
four-year-old boy who was asked to return thanks before
Christmas dinner. The family members bowed their heads
in expectation. He began his prayer, thanking God for
all his friends, naming them one by one. Then he thanked
God for Mommy, Daddy, brother,
Grandpa, and all his aunts and uncles.
began to thank God for the food.
He gave thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit
salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the cakes, even
the Cool Whip. Then he paused, and everyone waited
... and waited. After a long silence, the young fellow
looked up at his mother and asked, "If I thank God
for the broccoli, won't he know that
2 3/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons butter,
plus more for greasing pan
1 cup half-and-half
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 cup chopped, roasted nuts,
an 8 by 8-inch pan with butter. In a
heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar,
chocolate, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter,
half-and-half, and corn syrup. Over medium heat,
stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved
and chocolate is melted. Increase heat and bring
to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and
boil for 3 minutes. Remove the cover and attach a
candy thermometer to the pot. Cook until the
thermometer reads 234 degrees F. Remove from the
heat and add the remaining butter. Do not stir.
Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes or until it
drops to 130 degrees F. Add vanilla and nuts, if
desired, and mix until well-blended and the shiny
texture becomes matte. Pour into the prepared pan.
Let sit in cool dry area until firm. Cut into
1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container
for up to a
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