CHRISTMAS SPIRIT, AN UNTOLD STORY
During my Christmas holidays in grade 4, with my family I was visiting my grandparents house in the northern part of the state. The house where they lived was in a farm and was surrounded by woods. Their house was old. And the windows of the house were different. It didn’t have any glass covering. There were some vertical wooden rods for safety and were covered with cloth curtains. As usual, every time I visited them, I slept with my grandparents at night, because of these reasons.
I was scared of darkness and there were no light bulbs at that time. They used kerosene lamps and lanterns. It got dark early and everyone went to bed by 9pm.
Second reason was I was scared of the noises coming from the woods, like owls hooting, animals crying and there will be a variety of bugs flying towards the light, especially when it rained.
And finally I loved to hear bedtime stories from my grandma.
I know that my grandma wakes up every day early in the morning at 4 am, to milk the cow. So I always tried to wake up with her at 4am, so I could see how she milked the cow. And I always tell her to wake me up with her. She diligently wakes me up, but I get too lazy to wake up and go back to sleep right after and sleep till 9am. I know the time, because that’s when my mom yells at me, “wake up, we all are having our breakfast, its 9am and the sun is right over your head, wake up”!!! Then I jump right off the bed hearing my mom scream.
One night it was pouring cats and dogs outside. I was with my grandma all curdled up ready to hear the bed time story. When I looked out the window there was thunder and lightning, suddenly I turned my head back to my grandma. I was too scared to look outside, but was ready to listen to her Christmas story. During the story I fell asleep. I believe somewhere around 3 am in the morning, I suddenly woke up and looked at my grandma and she was sleeping. I looked at my grandpa and he was sleeping too and was snoring. I got scared hearing the noise and still lying down I looked outside the window. The rain stopped and the sky was clear. Suddenly I saw a bright light in the sky, I got really scared but was amazed at its brilliance, it seemed like a fireball from heaven. Suddenly it started to shoot down towards me, I was awestruck. I wanted to scream but no voice came out of my mouth. I saw the – coming really fast at me. I wanted to call grandma, but my body was frozen. I could not move myself or scream. I felt my tongue was stuck to the throat. My whole body was sweating. Still lying down I looked at the fire-ball. It came right in front of my eyes, by this time it was a size of a small ping pong ball. Suddenly I felt someone opening my mouth and this small fire like ball entered my mouth and again I felt the hands closing my mouth. Once it entered in me everything went back to normal. I calmed myself down and regained my strength and called my grandma and told her what happened, but she looked at me and said I would have seen a nightmare. She said, “son its okay, pray and go back to bed”.
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun and the moon was under her feet and on her head was a crown of twelve stars. And being with child, she cried out while giving birth, and she was suffering in order to give birth. And another sign was seen in heaven. And behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns. And on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail drew down a third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman, who was about to give birth, so that, when she had brought forth, he might devour her son. And she brought forth a male child, who was soon to rule all the nations with an iron rod. And her son was taken up to God and to his throne. And the woman fled into solitude, where a place was being held ready by God, so that they might pasture her in that place for a period of time.
And there was a great battle in heaven. Michael and his angels were battling with the dragon, and the dragon was fighting, so were his angels. But they did not prevail, and a place for them was no longer found in heaven. And he was thrown out, that great dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduces the whole world. And he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him.
After the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who brought forth the male child. And the two wings of a great eagle were given to the woman, so that she might fly away, into desert to her place, where she is being nourished for 2500 years from the face of the serpent. And the serpent sent out from his mouth, after the woman, a flooded river, so that he might cause her to be carried away by the river. But the earth came to her rescue. And the earth opened her mouth and absorbed the river, which the dragon sent out from his mouth. And the dragon was angry at the woman. And so he went away to so battle with the reminder of her offspring, those who keep the commandments of the Ancient One and hold the testimony of his son Jesus Christ.
And he stood upon the sand of the sea, Jesus where he met St. Nicholas, he was one his way to heaven. After his earthly life, he was going to be rewarded eternal life for his great service to the poor, to children and to the abandoned and sick ones and for the care and love of humanity. Lord Jesus and St. Nick was at the entrance of heaven, when an army of angels and saints led them to the presence of the great throne where the ancient one was. They both bowed down and kissed his hand and Lord Jesus took his place at the right side of ‘God the Father’. Then the ancient one spoke up, “well done my beloved son Nick , I have seen what you have done on the earth, you have fought against the wicked one, and your heart of kindness and generosity, especially to children. Let me present you with the Crown of Eternal life. And welcome home my child.
St Nick was eccentric and overjoyed and was in awe in God’s presence. Lord Jesus presented the crown of Life to St. Nick in front of the entire heavenly community. Nick knelt down in his presence and received the crown on his head. Then the entire heaven cheered for him and his great service.
After the crowning ceremony, St. Nick looked at Lord Jesus, his face was little perplexed. But Lord knew what was in his heart. Lord Jesus spoke up, “don’t worry Nick, I know what’s in your heart. Just speak up and our Father will grant it to you”.
Then the Ancient One looked right at St. Nick, looking back at father, St Nick spoke up, “ Father, I have a request to make. Every year during the birth day of your son Lord Jesus here on this earth, I would love to visit the world and remind them about the great love you have for your children on this earth and how you care and share the love in heaven and show the same on this earth too. Also I would like to do is, bring that Christmas Joy to every house hold who are worthy and the Spirit of God to every child with pure heart”!!!
The Father smiled and agreed, and said to St Nick , “ from today on you will be called ‘ Santa Claus’, and every year during Christmas you will go and visit the people on earth, especially the children to spread the love and joy of heaven. Oh, by the way don’t forget the toys for the little ones”!!!
Thus, it became the legacy, the story of Christmas Spirit untold for centuries, but was in the heart of little children.