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The 'W' in Christmas

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

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.' I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I 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 suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter 'M' upside down - totally unaware her letter 'M' appeared as a 'W'. The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one'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.For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:

'C H R I S T W A S L O V E'

And, I believe, He still is.

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Please note: THANKS to my readers, I have been made aware that this poem is actually based on a true story.
This true story, originally titled "Christmas Love", was written and copyrighted by Candy Chand of Rancho Murieta in Sacramento county California, author of several published inspirational works. BTW, if you'd like to own a copy, it's available as a small, single-story, hard-back gift book at stores all over the USA and online at Amazon.
A perfect gift to remind us what CHRISTmas is all about!

9 comments:

Dawnaurora said...

Thank you for that. Christ was and still is Love!!

Anonymous said...

This true story, originally titled "Christmas Love", was written and copyrighted by Candy Chand of the town Rancho Murieta in Sacramento county of California, author of several publlished inspirational works. FYI, if you'd like to own a copy, it's available as a small, single-story, hard-back (gift?) book at stores all over the USA and online at Amazon.

Anonymous said...

A great reminder to us all. Thanks for sharing.

Groovewoman ♫ said...

Okay I have a knot the size of Texas in my throat and tears beginning to puddle up in my eyes.

What a fantastic story....

This is my first time at your site. I was sent an email from the CSAHM to check this story out. I'm glad I did! :D

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Groovewoman♫

lynnmosher said...

Oh, I loved this, Karla! It's wonderful. So glad I got to see it. That's one way to get Christ back into Christmas! Be blessed...

Tracey McBride said...

From the "hands" of babes. I have goosebumps. Thanks you for sharing this lovely story.
Warmly,
Tracey

Anonymous said...

FYI This true story, originally titled "Christmas Love", was written and copyrighted by Candy Chand of Rancho Murieta in Sacramento county California, author of several published inspirational works. BTW, if you'd like to own a copy, it's available as a small, single-story, hard-back gift book at stores all over the USA and online at Amazon.

conarnold said...

Thanks for sharing the wonderful story, Karla! It's a great one for pointing out the truth about Christmas, and one that all children (as well as adults) need to know!

Leigh said...

wow...thank you for sharing this one. A reminder that Jesus, who was and is and is to come..have loved us and that it's not a one-time kind of love...it's been said for many times that "His love endures forever"

I am moved by this.

God's LOVE leads me to your blog. I am truly blessed.

Thank you and may God bless you ABUNDANTLY!!