The “W” in Christmas

Christmas card clip art“I sincerely hope your Christmas in Hertfordshire may abound in the gaieties which that season generally brings…” (Pride and Prejudice, chapter 21) 

 

A friend shared this lovely story with me, and I thought I’d pass it along. I don’t know where it originated or even if it’s true. It doesn’t really matter; the message is the same whether it’s fact or fiction. I hope you enjoy it. Let it be a Christmas card of sorts, from me to you.

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 snow caps 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:

“C H R I S T W A S L O V E”

And He still is.nativity siloutte082

HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS

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About Shannon Winslow

author of historical fiction in the tradition of Jane Austen
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8 Responses to The “W” in Christmas

  1. becca7931 says:

    Wow. That’s pretty powerful, Shannon! Thank you for sharing!

  2. janashe says:

    I had not heard this story before, It was lovely. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Carolyn says:

    This is a lovely story, real or fiction. Thanks for sharing it, Shannon.

  4. Frank says:

    Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any helpful hints for newbie blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

    • Sorry, Frank, for my blog’s bad manners. I never saw your first comment.

      Glad you enjoy my blog! Don’t know that I’m an expert, but I’d say it’s important to have an clear, identifyable theme (all MY posts relate to Jane Austen or her work in some way) and to write what you’re passionate about – something that will hold your interest over the long haul. Identify who your target audience is, and start haging out where they do (social media sites and other related blogs). Make comments, build relationships, and then invite them to your place/blog. Good luck!

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