The “W” in Christmas

Published Date Author: , December 31st, 2010

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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.” > > > The night of the pageant, the students were led into the gym. 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 back 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 so on and so 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 celebrate 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: > > “CHRISTWAS LOVE” And, I believe, He still is.

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