Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT 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 always give gifts in the same Spirit
of the Wise Men."
Santa then reached into 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 staff helps to bring back
strayed sheep to the flock.
The candy cane is the symbol that we are are brother's keeper."
He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL.
"Teach the children that it was the Angels
who heralded in the glorious news of the Saviour's birth.
The Angels sang,"Glory to God in the highest,
on earth Peace and Good Will toward men."
Suddenly I heard a soft tinkling sound,
and from his bag he pulled out a BELL.
"Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell,
it should ring mankind to the fold.
The bell symbolizes guidance and return,
Santa looked back and was pleased. He looked back at me,
and I saw that the twinkle was back in his eyes.
"Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas
and do not put me in the centre,
for I am a humble servant of the One that is,
and I bow down to Worship Him,
~ Merry Christmas!
20 December, 2016