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Old 12-13-2006, 08:48 PM   #1
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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. He told me today we are having Jesus' birthday party.

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

TEACH THE CHILDREN
>
> 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~
>
>
> TEACH THE CHILDREN
>
> ~ a meaning and symbolism of Christmas that should not be forgotten in the
> roar and confusion of the commercial holiday season ~
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Old 12-16-2006, 12:26 PM   #2
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Thanks for that.

Gary, your decorations look lovely.
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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? http://www.mydream.tv/dream_category...678819b6 e058
There is some really cool stuff!
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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!
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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!
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.
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