Just a week
This is how
go to bed,
when I heard
a noise in
the front of
the house. I
door to the
and to my
next to the
"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
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
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
"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
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."