Love was the gift!

by Geralt from Pixabay CC0 Public Domain

by Geralt from Pixabay CC0 Public Domain

Do you have a favorite Christmas story?  A book you read to children?

Last night Ron read a story to our grandson – one that’s new to us (©1982) that has a great message.  The book is Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki.

In the book woodland animals find Santa sleeping under a tree.  He was exercising in preparation for Christmas Eve but became overly tired.

The animals expressed concern that there might not be any Christmas if Santa couldn’t deliver the gifts.  Santa carefully explained that Christmas really had nothing to do with him. Then he tells the animals the real story of Christmas. Santa wraps up his story with this truth … “Love was the gift God gave to us on the first Christmas, and it still is, you know.  And this love is far better than any present I can ever deliver.”


As we read the story, I was reminded of a song by “downhere” published on their album, How Many Kings.  In “Christmas in our Hearts” the lyricists say …

Even if nobody said Merry Christmas
If even the choirs and belfries made no sound
There would be peace on the Earth, and forgiveness
‘Cause its Christmas in our hearts

Oh if every sleigh bell, on Earth just disappeared
The 24th of December, we start ringin’ the new year
There would be peace on the Earth, and forgiveness
‘Cause its Christmas in our hearts

The Christmas season has many elements … Christmas trees bedecked with ornaments, Christmas caroling, hot cocoa, candy canes, gingerbread houses, gifts, and more … but the essence, the central truth of Christmas is not an element or symbol … but flesh and blood as God took on human form, Emmanuel, God with us!

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
(John 1: 14)

Let’s take time today to thank God for sending His son, and to celebrate the living Savior who dwells with us, and in us!


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