True Meaning of Christmas

One of my friends posted this on Facebook and I kinda liked it so I thought I would share it…

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 next to the fireplace.

“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 Claus, 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.”

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!

Ever since I can remember, I have loved Christmas.  Loved the music, loved the gatherings, loved the food, and the gifts of course (what kid doesn’t like gifts?).  Even now, this time of year brings back memories of years past and I still love the feeling I get this time of year.  Only this time it’s because of the looks on my kids’ faces on Christmas morning.  This year, we’re gonna try something a little different and make sure we remember one very important thing: JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!  Yes, Jesus was born on Christmas Day, He was born to die for all of our sins and He is definitely the best and only gift I need!  It’s time to remind ourselves of this and to start teaching this to our children.  I pray you all have a blessed Holiday season.  Through the next few days I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Christmas songs with a little story.

The Christmas Shoes

The Christmas Shoes lyrics

It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line

Tryin’ to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood

Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously

Pacing ’round like little boys do

And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

 

His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe

And when it came his time to pay

I couldn’t believe what I heard him say

 

Chorus:

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please

It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size

Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time

You see she’s been sick for quite a while

And I know these shoes would make her smile

And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

 

He counted pennies for what seemed like years

Then the cashier said, “Son, there’s not enough here”

He searched his pockets frantically

Then he turned and he looked at me

He said Mama made Christmas good at our house

Though most years she just did without

Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,

Somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes

 

So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out

I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said

Mama’s gonna look so great

 

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please

It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size

Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time

You see she’s been sick for quite a while

And I know these shoes would make her smile

And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

 

Bridge:

I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love

As he thanked me and ran out

I knew that God had sent that little boy

To remind me just what Christmas is all about

 

Repeat Chorus

 

I LOVE this song.  I think it captures a lot of what the Christmas season SHOULD be about.  Instead of worrying about how many THINGS you can buy your kids, think about helping out a family who would otherwise have nothing under their tree.  There are many who do not even have a tree, or food, or clothing that we could help instead of filling our houses up with things that we can’t even take to Heaven with us.  Let’s not forget about the true meaning of Christmas, especially with so many families struggling to get by this year.  Merry Christmas.

What I’m Thankful For…

I’m thankful

1) that I have a relationship with God.

2) for my loving family.

3) that we have a roof over our head and food to eat and clean water to drink.

4) that we live in a country where we can worship our God without fear of death.

5) that we have health insurance and access to great medical care.

6) that I’m still alive.

7) that I have a Bible and that I can read that Bible anytime I want or need to.

I’m sure there are many more things that I’m thankful for, but these are the ones that have come to my mind at this time.  What are you thankful for??