Keeping the “W” in Christmas?

Read all the way to the bottom, even if you 

THINK you know what it’s going to say…

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.

Amazed in His presence… .humbled by His love.

Again, HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON!

Submitted by Bob Stanley

Illustrated Christmas Bible Study: Christmas is A Catholic Tradition

2Thessalonians 2:13-14

But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you firstfruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit and faith of the truth: Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the traditions, which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle.

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