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12-13-2006, 09:48 PM
This was sent to me in an e-mail. I thought it was a great reminder of what one of the two year old toddlers at daycare told me today as he waited for 'Santa' to come. :santa: He told me today we are having Jesus' birthday party.:woo:

No one coached him he just said it---OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES

> 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 him.
> The words choked in my throat, as 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 there bewildered, Santa said, "Teach the Children! Teach them
> the
> old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that a now-a-day Christmas has
> forgotten!"
> Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it on
> 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
> that promise."
> He then reached into the 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 then removed a WREATH and placed it
> on the tree. "Teach the Children that the wreath symbolizes the eternal
> nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of
> affection."
> He then pulled out from his bag an ornament of HIMSELF. "Teach the
> Children
> that Santa Claus symbolizes the generosity and good will we feel during
> the
> month of December."
> He reached in again and pulled out a HOLLY LEAF. "Teach the Children the
> holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn
> by our Savior. The red holly berries represent blood shed by Him."
> Next he pulled out a GIFT from the bag and said, "Teach the Children that
> God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. 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 give gifts in the same spirit as 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 shepherd's
> crook. The crook on the shepherd's staff helps bring back sheep strayed
> from
> 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.'"
> 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
> a
> bell, it should ring people to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and
> return."
> Santa looked at the tree and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw
> the
> twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, "Remember, teach the children the
> true meaning of Christmas, and not to put me in the center, for I am but a
> humble servant of the One who is, and I bow down and worship Him, our
> Lord,
> our God."
> ~By Unknown Author~
> ~ a meaning and symbolism of Christmas that should not be forgotten in the
> roar and confusion of the commercial holiday season ~

12-16-2006, 01:26 PM
:wreath: :tree: PERFECT :tree: :ginger:


12-18-2006, 01:03 PM
Thanks for that.

Gary, your decorations look lovely.

12-18-2006, 05:39 PM
That is so cute! I love kids! They say the funniest things. I dont work with kids but really would like to, that is really cool that you do. Have you seen this site? e058
There is some really cool stuff!

12-19-2006, 12:12 PM
TwoPeas, that was so great. I have to copy that and send it along amongst my friends and family.

Gary, love the set-up you have. Where in the world did you get those lights?

Merry Christmas everyone! :clause:

12-22-2006, 08:22 PM
TwoPeas, that was so great. I have to copy that and send it along amongst my friends and family.

Gary, love the set-up you have. Where in the world did you get those lights?

Merry Christmas everyone! :clause:

The windows have icicle lights across the top with stars in the center... Angie and I made the JESUS sign several years ago by combining two rope lights, bending it to spell the letters ~ clipping it down on a 4x8 sheet of plywood painted the same color as my house. We always get people complimenting us on how simple but elegant it looks. We have a small nativity scene in the yard also.