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The "W" in Christmas

Posted by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 7:23 PM
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The "W" in Christmas

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 β€˜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 the 1st through 6th graders snickered at this
little one's20mistake, 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 an 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... Blessings to you and yours for this Christmas time and for the
New Year to come!

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 7:23 PM
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by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 7:26 PM

Thank you for such a sweet reminder.angel

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 7:27 PM

I heard this the other day on the radio....

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by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 7:32 PM

wreath    Awww I loved it!

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Aww thats soo sweet!!

I am a Pro Choice Christian, love FFing moms, Vaccinating your kids, non-welfare supporter, Anti Obama, support our troops, crotchet loving, world of warcraft player, supporter of legalizing pot  type of gal that believes in spanking children, raising them in a Christian home, CIO, and you will eat what I make or go hungry! Now that you know where I stand, it's nice to meet you too!

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 7:39 PM

cute loved it thanks

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