True Meaning of Christmas

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  1. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    A friend posted this on FB and I had to share.

    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 next to the fireplace."What are you doing?" I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat and 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 bewildered, Santa said, "Teach the children!Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten. "Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before 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 His promise." He then reached into his 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 removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. "Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection."He then pulled from his bag an ORNAMENT of himself. "Teach the children that I, Santa Claus, symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December."He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. "Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly berries represent the blood shed by Him.Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, "Teach the children that God so loved the world that he gave his begotten son." Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.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 shepherds' crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep to 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 toward men." 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 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. He said, "Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship him, our LORD, our GOD."
     
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    I love it.
     
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  4. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

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    Quote:Nice depiction, but I think the meaning of christmas has its roots deeply buried in a very PAGAN tradition!
     
  5. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    Quote:Nice depiction, but I think the meaning of christmas has its roots deeply buried in a very PAGAN tradition!

    This is in fact true a lot of the things we do for Christmas are rooted in Pagan traditions. That was not the point of the post. It was a way for Christians to symbolize things for their family a poem. It was not ment as a bash to others.
     
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    Quote:Nice depiction, but I think the meaning of christmas has its roots deeply buried in a very PAGAN tradition!

    The tree, ornaments, and so on do indeed have pagan origins. Christians, in facted, celebrated Christmas on the 25th to make it more relevant to pagans such as the Romans who celebrated the "rebirth of the sun" on said date. In a somewhat funny move, the 25th has gone from "rebirth of the sun" to the birth of the Son. Christmas itself, however, is very distinctly Christian, but has been re-paganized over the years. It's quite sad, really. Pagan to Christian and right back to pagan.
     
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    Quote:I never said it was bashing anything.....just pointing out the true meaing of christmas is not all christian!
     
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  9. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    I am well versed in many religions and systems of belief. I come from a family that has most of them covered! Again that was not the point of the poem. I don't what this turned in to a debate. How about you post a thread on the pagan meanings of Christmas I promise to read it and enjoy it I love to study other beliefs. I also promise not to try to make it a debate I believe that we all have a right to our beliefs. I am going to ask to have this closed the joy in sharing it seems lost now.
     
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    Closed at request of the OP.
     
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