The "W" in Christmas

  1. 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 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: "CHRISTWAS LOVE" And, I believe,
    He still is.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   dhogan
    Kitty, what a very sweet story. It is so true. And isn't just like God to use a child to send a message.
  4. by   finallyRN
    Kitty-

    What a nice story. Let us all remember that message as this holiday season approaches.
  5. by   tattooednursie
    that is beautiful kitty
  6. by   RN always
    Blessings to you for sharing this wonderful story.
  7. by   JedsMom
    AMEN
  8. by   nursedawn67
    That was really nice...thanks!
  9. by   BadBird
    The wisedom of children is amazing, what a wonderful story.
  10. by   semstr
    hey Kitty, you know what:
    christmas is called Weihnachten in all German languages around this world!!
    She knew, how to get cultural diversity together in one word,
    this little girl!
    Take care, Renee

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