Even on Santa’s busiest night – maybe because it’s his busiest night – Father Christmas takes time from his rounds to sit in a chair, pick up a book, and read to a young child who, for some reason, is still up.
And is it any wonder that a young child finds herself unable to sleep on Christmas Eve?
How surprised she must have been, after sneaking downstairs and hiding near the Christmas tree, to hear the thumps and bumps overhead, and then the sound of Santa entering her own, her very own house!
But maybe she wasn’t that surprised, at least as surprised as an adult would be, because a child – unlike an adult – believes that the impossible can and does happen.
So does Santa.
And so the two settle down before the fire for the reading of a story, a most important story, a story more important than even Santa because it is the story of the first Christmas, of a baby and his parents who were too poor and too umimportant (in the world’s eyes) to be able to secure decent lodgings for a most momentous night.
This is a story worth taking time to savor, to contemplate, to slowly read and enjoy. Watched over by the characters of this first story, lovingly set up on the mantlepiece, the little girl, her doll, and Santa Claus enter into a world of beauty and joy and goodness.
The artwork, Christmas Story, invites the viewer to join the child and the doll and Santa – to stop whatever hurry and scurry and holiday preparations are going on and to take time to sit by the fire, feel its warm glow, and listen to Santa’s deep, gentle voice reading the words that matter.
Isn’t it intriguing how the characters of that story, people who were so unimportant that no one in the world knew what was going on that night, have become part of a story that the whole world knows?
April 26th, 2017
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