Monday, December 13, 2010

All I Want for Christmas...

is my two front teeth!

You may have noticed, I'm a little more than thrilled that Cloe is missing her two front teeth just in time for Christmas!
My mom clipped this editorial from the Estherville Daily Snooze News on Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas.  It fits perfectly today!

Ask the people at one of our area retirement homes or senior centers how many Christmas presents they wanted and see what kind of answers you get.
Don't be surprised in you don't get an answer something like, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth".
That's the name of a song written in 1944 by Donald Gardner who asked his second grade class what they wanted for Christmas and noticed that almost all of the students had at least one front tooth missing as they answered in a lisp.
The song was published in 1948 after an employee of Witmark Music Company heard Gardner sing it at a music teachers conference.
Spike Jones & His City Slickers originally cut the song on vinyl December 6, 1948 and it topped the pop charts in 1949.  Other artists who have recorded the song have included George Straight, Danny Kaye with The Andrews Sisters, The Platters, The Kelly Family, Nat King Cole, The Chipmunks (our favorite!), the Hampton String Quartet, and the cast of Sesame Street.
So why on earth would such a silly song go over to big?
The answer probably lies in when the song was initially conceived and the roots that tap into the American psyche.
The year 1944, of course, was not a great one for America.  The country had gone through a ravaging depression and was in the midst of World War II.  Granted, we were winning, but there were a lot of American lives that were yet to be lost before the war was over.
The song's understated message is that we should be happy with what we already have.
That's worth repeating.
We should be happy with what we already have.
This Christmas, perhaps we should all count our blessings.  Do we have our health?  Do we have all our family?  Is our family happy and safe?
Those are important questions and answers -- far more important than whether we receive the gifts we wanted.
We need to remember too that we are ourselves gifts to those we love.  And that can be the most cherished gift of all.

Of course, my mind fills with so much more on the blessings of Christmas.  As I watched our Children's Christmas Program at church last night, I was so filled with joy for all of the children who were singing the blessings of Christmas!  Jesus Christ came in the form of a baby, sinless, perfect yet human, to be our Savior.  Our sin separates us from God.  There is no good deed or sacrifice from us that could make up for this separation from a Holy God.  Yet God loves His created people so much, He wants to have a relationship with us.  So He sent Christ to earth to take the punishment of the sins of all the world, becoming our Savior, and making a way for us to have a relationship with God.  
Is that the gift I'm truly satisfied with?  Materialism creeps in so quickly--especially at Christmas.  What do I model for my children?  I'm so challenged to live thankful and content with what we have as we rejoice in our Savior's birth!


une autre mère said...

Great post, Londa! I've never really thought about the meaning of that song before - being happy with what we have, but now every time I hear it, I'll remember this post! Thanks! :)

Sarah said...

Love this post...
and the super cute picture!