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Dec 2009 - Teach the Children

from Fr Geoff

I had just finished for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise: I opened the sitting room door and there was Father Christmas behind the Christmas tree. “What are you doing?” I asked and then 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 meaning of Christmas.”

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it on the mantelpiece. “Teach the children that the pure green colour of the fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of humanity, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of our 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 Saviour 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, St. Nick, 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 represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Saviour. The red holly berry represents 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 only begotten Son…” “Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift. “Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the Holy Baby and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh. We should always give gifts in the same spirit of the wise men.”

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 Saviour'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 us back 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.”

From the Church Registers

10 NovStephen Joy Ashes interred at Shepton Beauchamp
11 NovJosephine LayShepton, Cremation at Yeovil
16 NovRay PughDowlish Wake, Cremation at Taunton
17 NovLynn SuffolkBarrington, Cremation at Yeovil
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