I heard a story shared at a Christmas concert several years ago that taught the meaning behind common Christmas symbols. I loved it so much that I searched online to find a copy. Maybe you’ve heard it before. It begins like this:
Just last Monday night I had a strange visitor.
This is how it happened. I had just finished the household chores for the night
and was preparing to go to bed when I heard a noise in the front of the house.
I opened the door of the front room, and to my surprise, a special visitor
stepped out from behind the Christmas tree.
He placed his fingers over his lips so I would not cry out. “What are you
doing?” I started to ask, but the words choked up in my throat as I saw
that he had tears in his eyes. He then answered me with the simple statement: “Teach
I was puzzled. What did he mean? He anticipated my question and with one quick
movement, brought a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood there in
my night shirt bewildered, the visitor said again, “Teach the
My perplexed expression still showed in the near darkness.
“Teach them the old meaning of Christmas—the meaning that Christmas nowadays
has been forgotten.”
I started to say, “How can I?” when the visitor reached into the
toy bag and pulled out a brilliant shiny star. “Teach the children the star was the heavenly sign of promise
long ago. God promised a Savior for the world and a sign of the fulfilment of
his promise. The countless shining stars at night now show the
burning hope of all mankind.”
The visitor in the story goes on to explain several other symbols: