We celebrate Christmas but don’t know the true meaning of Christmas. We do not know what is the purpose of celebrating Christmas. We don’t know what the meaning of Christmas is…..”
True meaning of Christmas
Just a week before Christmas a visitor came to visit me. It happened like this. I had just finished the housework for the evening and was getting ready for bed when I heard a noise in front of my house. So I opened the main door, the entrance to the front room, and to my surprise, Santa Claus came out from behind the Christmas tree. Before he could scream, he put his finger over his mouth to signal me to be quiet.
“What are you doing here?” – I began to ask.
I asked him how to whisper, and I saw him cry. His usual cheerful demeanor was gone, the bubbly, boisterous man we all knew was gone. Then he answered me with a simple sentence: “Teach the children!”
I’m confused, what do you mean?
He guessed my question, and with one quick movement he held out a miniature present from behind the Christmas tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa Claus said, “Teach the children. Teach them the true meaning of Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas today has been forgotten…”
Then Santa reached into his pocket and pulled out a pine tree and placed it in front of his cape. Teach children that the majestic pine’s pure green color stays green all year round, depicting mankind’s eternal hope.
All the pointed tips of the pine needles point towards Heaven, it symbolizes people’s thoughts always towards Heaven.
Again he reached into his pocket and pulled out a shining star. Teach the children that the star is a symbol from Heaven for ancient promises. God has promised to send a Savior to mankind, and the star is a sign of the fulfillment of His promise.
Then he reached into his pocket and pulled out a candle. Teach the children that the candle represents Christ, He is the light of the world, and when we see this wonderful light, we are reminded that He has driven away the darkness.
Again he reached into his pocket and pulled out a wreath and placed it on the pine tree. Teach the children that the wreath represents the authenticity of the love that Christ has shown us. True love never fails. Love is a continuous love circle.
Then he pulled from his pocket an ornament about himself. Teach children that I – Santa Claus is symbolic of the generosity and kindness we will feel throughout the month of December.
And he continued to bring out a branch of the Holy Leaf.
Teach children that the holy leaf represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns on the head that Christ wore. The round red berries represent the blood that He shed for us.
Next, he took a gift from his pocket and said, “Teach the children that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Thank God for His priceless gift.
Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the Holy Son and offered him frankincense, gold, and myrrh. Let us also give Him our best like these wise men.
Santa then reached into his pocket and pulled out a cane-shaped candy and hung it on the Christmas tree.
Teach the children that this candy represents the shepherd’s staff. This mighty rod helps bring the lost sheep back to the fold. These candy canes also represent brothers in the pastoral ministry.
Again he reached in and pulled out an Angel.
Teach the children that those angels announced the birth of the Messiah. The angels sang, “Glory to the Lord in the highest heavens, and on earth peace be upon men.”
Suddenly I heard a small jingle, and from his pocket he took out a bell. Teach the children that, just as sheep are lost and found by the sound of a bell, it will bring humanity back to the Father. The bell symbolizes guidance and return
Santa looks around and feels satisfied. He looked back at me and I saw the sparkle returned to his eyes. He said, “Remember, TEACH THE CHILDREN the true meaning of Christmas and don’t put yourself at the center because I am but a humble servant of the One to whom I must kneel and worship Him, the Lord. our God, and our Savior.
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