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“I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.”
Joy. It is one of the most celebrated emotions of the Christmas season. We hardly need more than four notes of “Joy to the World” and we are ushered back to all of the wonderful memories of our Christmases past.
I have experienced Christmas joy as a child with three siblings on that old family farm. I have experienced Christmas joy as a new husband when Evie and I decorated that small college apartment with our very first nativity set which we still have 45 years later. Evie and I have experienced Christmas joy with two sons who have gone from childhood to manhood in the blink of an eye, or so it seems. And, Evie and I have also experienced nine seasons of Christmas joy with Noah, our one and only grandson.
Joy can also come to us as we hear stories like these. On Christmas an old man found it difficult to go out shopping so he decided to send checks to relatives and friends instead of sending presents. In every card he wrote, “Please purchase gift of your choice” and mailed it.
After Christmas he realized that he had received only a few Christmas cards in return. Puzzled over this, he went to write a couple of his relatives to ask what had happened. As he cleared his cluttered desk, he was horrified to find the gift checks which he had forgotten to enclose with the cards.
Perhaps you heard the story about the Santa Claus at the shopping mall who was very surprised when a young lady about 20 years old walked up and sat on his lap. Adults usually don’t do that but to be polite, the Santa Claus listened to her request. “I would like something for my mother, please,” she said. The Santa was impressed by her graciousness and when he asked her what she wanted for her mother, the young lady said, “A millionaire son-in-law.”
After being away on business for a week before Christmas, Tom thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift. “How about some perfume?” he asked the cosmetics clerk. She showed him a bottle costing $100. “That’s a bit much,” said Tom, so she returned with a smaller bottle for $35.
“That’s still quite a bit,” Tom groused. Growing disgusted, the clerk brought out a tiny $15 bottle. Tom grew agitated, “What I mean,” he said, “is I’d like to see something real cheap.” So the clerk handed him a mirror.
Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents. At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers when the youngest one began praying at the top of his lungs, “I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE…I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE…I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE.”
His older brother leaned over and nudged the younger brother and said, “Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn’t deaf.” To which the little brother replied, “No, but Gramma is.”
Another such story about a little boy’s Christmas request for a new bike took the form of him writing a letter. But because he had just taken part in the church Christmas play he decided he would write his letter to Jesus instead of Santa. After several versions he just couldn’t get it right. So, he decided to go outside for a walk to think of a better way to say it. On his walk he passed a house with a small statue of Virgin Mary in the front garden. He crept in, stuffed the statue in his coat, hurried home and hid it under his bed. Then he wrote this letter, “Dear Jesus, if you want to see your mother again, you’d better send me a new bike.”
Think about it.
The University of Valley Forge is a private Christian University located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. UVF offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, over 50 undergraduate and eight graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The university's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.
University of Valley Forge is a private Christian University located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. UVF offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, over 50 undergraduate and eight graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The university's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.