"Adopting a Child won't change the world; but for that Child the world will change."

Monday, 24 December 2007

"W" in Christmas

I saw this on another blog, and felt it was so good, I needed to pass it on! The author of the story is unknown, I have no idea if someone made it up, or whether it is a true story, regardless - I thought it was lovely:

And may I take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and may your Christmas be filled with love and remembering of all the love given by so many all year long.
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:


Nice story, hey! The message was true at Christ's birth, and still rings true today. Remember the reason for the season. Our Saviour was born.



Linda said...

That is a Great story...I think we all are struggling to get away from the stress of buying and rushing... I look so forward to the childrens program at church with my grandkids. It makes me remember what it is all about. The beauty of children so innocent telling the story of the Holy Birth. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you & Family.. linda

i-Con said...

I love that story...enjoy your Christmas and may we both have very special additions to our families in 2008!

Ava's family said...

What a wonderful story! I hope your Christmas is a Merry one!

Donna & Andrew said...

What agreat story. Merry Christmas to you and your whole family.

Doris & Dan said...

Happy, happy to you and yours!

Keep smilin!

Donna & Joe said...

Great story...I'm hoping to keep Christmas simple with special traditions for Lauren. It's family and traditions that are remembered later one...not the gifts or amount of money spent.

Merry Christmas...hope you have a great one!

Donna :)

Alyson & Ford said...

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!