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Christmas thoughts as we pray for the family of Caylee Anthony

December 24, 2008


This year, as I thank God for the gift of His Son, I will also be thanking Him for the newest member of our family, our precious baby grandson, Carter.  I will also be thinking of the Anthony family and praying for them as they face a Christmas and New Year that is very different from the one I am looking at.  This year and forever more,  I will be holding my family a little closer, and I will be adding a prayer of thanks that they are all here with me, safe and sound.

I thought the little story below was just so  appropriate for this particular holiday season. The perfect message for this time that we live in, and it will ring especially true for those of us following the Caylee Anthony case.

If we would just teach our children!

If we would just take the time to teach our children that the purpose of life and the secret to happiness is NOT about the pursuit of the almighty dollar, or the seeking of pleasure, or self-gratification.  It’s about what we give back to this world.  It’s about family, and friends, and helping those that can’t help themselves. It’s about making a difference in someone else’s life and by doing this, miraculously, making a difference in your own life. These are the things that bring real joy and meaning to our existence on this earth.

If we would just take the time to teach our children, there might not be nearly so many tragic stories like Casey and Caylee Anthony.

May you all have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with happiness and hope for the future.

If you are interested in how I will spend my Christmas and would like to share how you celebrate yours, step THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE and read my Christmas blog.

Teach the Children

I 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 to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree. He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out.

“What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat, and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous character we all know.

He then answered me with a simple statement.


I was puzzled; what did he mean? He guessed my question, and with one quick movement pulled a miniature toy bag from behind the tree.

As I stood there, Santa said,

“Teach the children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten.”

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it in front of the fire place.

“Teach the children that the pure green colour of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, representing the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.”

He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR.

“Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Saviour for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise.”

He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE.

“Teach the children that the candle symbolises that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of Jesus who fills our lives with light.”

Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree.

“Teach the children that the wreath symbolises the real nature of love. Real love never ceases, like Gods love which has no beginning or end.”

He then pulled from his bag an ornament of HIMSELF.

“Teach the children that I, Santa Clause symbolise the generosity and kindness we feel during the month of December.”

He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF.

“Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Saviour. The red holly represents the blood shed by Him.”

Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said,

“Teach the children that God so loved the world that HE gave us HIS only SON… We thank God for his very special gift.  Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the Holy Baby and gave HIM gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We should always give gifts in the same spirit of the wise men.”

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a SUGAR CANE and hung it on the tree.

“Teach the children that the sugar cane represents the shepherd’s crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back lost sheep to the flock.”

He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL.

“Teach the children that it was the angels that announced the glorious news of the Saviour’s birth. The angels sang “Glory to God on the highest, on earth peace and goodwill towards men.”

Suddenly I heard a soft tinkling sound, and from the bag he pulled out a BELL.

“Teach the children that the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell.  It should ring to guide us to God. The bell symbolizes guidance and return. It reminds us that we are all precious in the eyes of God.”

Santa looked back and was pleased.  I saw the twinkle in his eyes as he said.

“Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center. For I am but an humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship Him, our Lord, our God.”


15 Comments leave one →
  1. Dittysmom permalink
    December 24, 2008 10:19 am

    Thank you Mystery for the wonderful post. You always seem to have the right words. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday and a properous and healthy New Year

  2. Nina permalink
    December 24, 2008 10:42 am

    Thank You Mystery for the real.Christmas in my home has always been the old fashion Christmas,the true meaning of Christmas was instilled in me sence I was a child and I have carried it with my own children.Every Christmas a cake was made for Jesus for us to be reminded what Christmas really stood for .My children are grown now, and they do the same to teach there children.Even though my children are both grown I still made that cake..I wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday and a Happy coming year…

  3. Nina permalink
    December 24, 2008 10:45 am

    Real “meaning”

  4. December 24, 2008 12:48 pm

    Thanks for this post Mystery, Merry Christmas to you and your family and you precious new addition precious Carter.

    God Bless you and yours.

  5. Hilde permalink
    December 24, 2008 3:15 pm

    Mystery this is a beautiful Blog…

    Congratulation to You for Your new Grandson Carter.

    I also am thankful this Christmas more than ever to have my Family save and sound.
    As we prepare to celebrate Christmas I am thinking of all the People who aren’t as fortunate
    as we are.

    I am thinking of the Anthony’s and what a sad Christmas that is for them and the New Year
    will be very hard for them. I made up my Mind, I will not be the One judging them anymore, they
    have enough to deal with and really I am in no Position to judge, that Privilege belongs to
    a Higher Power than me.

    When my Family and I sit down at the Table for Christmas Dinner I will say a Prayer for precious
    little Caylee and also for her family.


  6. December 24, 2008 9:05 pm

    Hi Mystery, Congragulations on your new grandbaby. This post is you finest of all. Have a Merry Christmas and an even better New Year. Enjoy Carter. They grow up so fast~~

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  8. niecey456 permalink
    December 24, 2008 9:20 pm

    It’s A Mystery To Me, That Was Absolutely Beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing that with us. Complete words of wisdom. I hope you enjoy your precious Carter as much as I do my precious little Christian. God is so Good!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! I PRAY YOU HAVE THE MOST BLESSED NEW YEAR YET!!!!!

  9. tom permalink
    December 25, 2008 10:42 am

    It’s A Mystery To Me,merry christmas and after reading your blog,i wish i could take my earlier response off,i’m very sorry for the mean spirted earlier reply,i posted that before i read your blog,it really was a great read and more about the value of family and not about making a case of the anthony’s,so once again,sorry about that and you and your family have a happy holiday

  10. Nina permalink
    December 25, 2008 2:46 pm

    Tom:It was decent of you to reread the post and even more so saying sorry…Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  11. Hilde permalink
    December 25, 2008 5:23 pm

    niecey, so nice seeing You here again.
    The Break was nice wasn’t it?
    I just feel sometimes You have to get away from a Situation we are so passionate about and then when You come back things
    which are truly important come clearer to us.

    In my Case I had to focus more on my Family and the true Meaning of Christmas. I had to put my Anger
    aside about this Case, knowing Caylee will find Justice with the Help of the Prosecution,they are the
    Ones who are on her Side and they will make the Person who is responsible for what has been done to her take the Consequences.

    Niecey I hope You will post a Blog soon again and don’t let anyone discourage from posting what You believe in.

  12. Hilde permalink
    December 25, 2008 5:27 pm

    Tom, You just wrote how You felt about it at the time.
    I don’t believe that makes You a bad Person.
    This Case has frustrated most of us at times, I know it has me.

  13. tom permalink
    December 25, 2008 5:51 pm

    thank you Nina,and Hilde,that is exactly what i feel-frustrated,but this was such a beautiful blog,my mean spirted 1st message has no right to be on here,and i’m going to do like hilde and just step back and let the law do there thing,i just finished my dinner with my family and i’m stuffed with ham and i’m happy,so to everyone out there-merry christmas and have a happy new year

  14. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 25, 2008 6:32 pm

    Tom–I removed the post for you. Hope that was ok. I agree with Nina and Hilde–it was decent of you to apologize and we all get frustrated and angry about little Caylee.

    The last of our guests have gone home, the dishes are done, and now we’re flopped in front of the television to watch one last Christmas movie. Thank you all for the nice comments, and I hope you’ve had a good Christmas–I sure have!

  15. niecey456 permalink
    December 25, 2008 7:29 pm

    Thank you Hilde! I have enjoyed my break and I agree with you we needed some time for our families and time to overcome some of the anger. It has made me reflect. You are such a kind person. I won’t let anyone discourage me from writing about what I believe. You know you have some great people around here Mystery! I truly think it is a reflection of what a great writer and a great person you are. I hope everyone had a Great Christmas and Blessings for the New Year!

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