While on my “day after Christmas” escapade, I came across this ornament at the Christian Bookstore. I HAD to have it.
I don’t know about you, and how you teach your children about Santa and/or the real meaning of Christmas, but my boys believe in Santa and they know the real meaning (well, I’m not quite sure they “get” it yet, but they do at least grasp the concept).
Anyhow, this ornament hit the “nail on the head” for me so to speak.
The picture is a little blurry, but you can clearly see Santa bowing down to baby Jesus with his hat off. I thought it was so sweet and special. Then, right there in the Family Christian Bookstore, I had tears in my eyes, because I flipped the ornament over and this is what it says:
On Christmas Eve the other night, I saw the most amazing sight, for there beneath the Christmas tree was Santa kneeling on his knee. His countenance was different than that all-familiar, jolly grin; his head was bowed, with hand to breast, and slightly tucked into his vest. For there in a nativity was Jesus and His family, and as I heard him start to pray I listened close to what he’d say. “Lord, You know that You’re the reason I take pleasure in this season. I don’t want to take Your place, but just reflect Your wondrous grace. I hope You’ll help them understand I’m just an ordinary man, who found a way to do Your will by finding kids with needs to fill. But all those centuries ago, there was no way for me to know that they would make so much of me, and all the gifts beneath the tree. They think I have some hidden power granted at the midnight hour, but it is my love for You inspiring the things I do. And so when they begin to open gifts for which they have been hoping, may they give You all the glory, for You’re the One True Christmas story.”
That sure does put it in perspective for me.