The "W" in Christmas ~

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty

 

This Christmas story was sent to us from a very dear friend ~

Christ Was Love
Christ Was Love Poinsetta


This December, I vow to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I will have to cut back on nonessential obligations, extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending.  I do not want to find myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Jingle Bells My son, Nicholas, is in kindergarten this year. It is an exciting season for a six year old. For weeks, he has been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Program." I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of his show. 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 arrived 10 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 songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, Christmas Balls 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, all 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:

"CHRIST WAS LOVE".

Comments (12)

Debbe Perry
Real Living Carolina Property - Morganton, NC
828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC

Love this - a truer message was never sent! Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2010 12:34 AM
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Thanks Debbe ~ Christwaslove ~

Dec 25, 2010 12:38 AM
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

That is fabulous.  Enjoy this wonderful time with your family.  You will turn around and Nicholas will be 20!  Merry Christmas.

Dec 25, 2010 12:39 AM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Great post, I did not send out cards this year. Mostly for the costs of sending them. But after they go on sale at the mega marts. Then the message will be "sorry no card last year but atleast I am 51 weeks early this year". Do you think that's too tacky? or do you think they would get a chuckle out of it? clint    MERRY CHRISTMAS

Dec 25, 2010 12:40 AM
Pam Sitterly
RE/MAX VINTAGE - Magnolia, TX
CRS Magnolia-Tomball Texas

That's a lovely story. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2010 01:14 AM
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Cindy ~ Merry Christmas ~ edited the post ~ story was sent to us from a dear friend ~ and yes we turned around and our son is 29 and recently engaged!

Clint ~ well I guess you could start a new trend sending cards early ~

maybe you should "invent" a post holiday card ~ you could be a millionaire in the making ~

Dec 25, 2010 01:25 AM
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Pam ~ When we received the story we thought it was very so touching and wanted to share it ~

Dec 25, 2010 01:27 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Frank and Karen....what a lovely story.....Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Dec 25, 2010 01:32 AM
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Thanks Barbara ~ just felt it was worthy of sharing ~

Dec 25, 2010 01:42 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Best wishes for lots of fun and food with family and friends today. Hope Santa brought you some cool toys, too!

 

Happy Holidays!

Dec 25, 2010 02:58 AM
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Merry Christmas Ray & Zoey ~ Thanks for the wishes and picture of Zoey ~

Dec 25, 2010 03:09 AM
Dawn Crawley
Dawn Crawley Realty - Pinehurst, NC
Find Pinehurst Homes

Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

Dec 25, 2010 03:19 AM