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Tude
12-20-02, 07:53 PM
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. He placed his finger over his mouth so I would
not cry out.

"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 and 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 represents 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..." 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."

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, Jesus Christ our Lord, our God."


(author unknown)

USMCMex
12-20-02, 08:34 PM
Tude,

Thank yoy for sharing that story with us. It is sad how many people forget the real meanig of Christmas. I wish you and your family a Happy Holiday, be safe and enjoy.

firstsgtmike
12-20-02, 09:04 PM
Tude,

No Shvt!

I was reading your post, when my two year old came in.

( Yes, he's home from the hospital and it looks like he will keep his eye.)

"TEACH THE CHILDREN !" Reminded me once again, as to why I am here.

Thank you!.


Mike Farrell
Cagayan de Oro
Philippines

virwar
12-20-02, 09:15 PM
Thanx Tude. I spread that story around a good bit in the last two minutes. Merry Christmas and God Bless you. Semper Fi. Dave

1st Sgt, I didn't know your son was hurt, but I'm glad he's ok now. Semper Fi. Dave