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Bringing CHRISTmas back

Big D2010-08-09 05:07:21 +0000 #1
We have all faced it. We aren't supposed to say Merry Christmas...just Happy Holidays. It's a winter celebrations, not a Christmas concert. Let's put Christ back in Christmas.

The " W " in Christmas

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations...extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six-year-old. For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Pageant."

The night of the presentation, I filed in with other parents and found a seat on the cafeteria floor. As we waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as "Christmas", I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment...songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer. So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads. Those in the front row, center stage, held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the class would sing, "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, "Christmas Love."

The performance was going smoothly until a small, quiet, girl in the front row held her card upside down, totally unaware that her letter "M" appeared as a "W."

The audience of first through sixth graders snickered at the kindergartener's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her "W."

Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together. A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen. In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities.

When the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:


~~Original source unknown

Polaris4252010-08-09 05:12:25 +0000 #2
Good story. Thanks for posting D.



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