A Christmas Story for the Magic Treasure Chest
Preset: Prepare the treasure chest load chamber with small individually wrapped candy canes. Inside the bottom portion of the chest place an old Christmas stocking with one candy cane inside and a plastic orange and apple.
Story: My Grandma had a magic treasure chest that sat on her bedroom nightstand. Each Christmas she would bring it out and share a story of her first Christmas memory. From the chest she would remove an old sock and a couple pieces of fruit. (Back of chest should be facing audience. Open chest away from audience and remove items from chest.) The fruit was a reminder of what she always found inside a stocking on Christmas morning. Her family was poor and although it doesn’t seem like much to us today, it was a real treat to her. This was long before the days of Gameboys and X boxes. Back then the word “we” was still a pronoun.
The old sock was her first Christmas stocking. As she showed the old ragged sock, you could see the pride in her face. In her eyes that old sock was the greatest treasure on earth. I suppose that’s why she kept it in a treasure chest beside her bed.
She would go into detail describing the Christmas morning when she woke to find a single red and white candy cane in her stocking. (Remove candy cane from sock.) We don’t give much thought to candy like this today, because we can find it almost any time of the year. But she had never seen such a treat before. She could smell the powerful scent of peppermint. To hear her tell the story made me believe that peppermint must be the fragrance of angels.
She told us how her own mother described the meaning of the peppermint stick. In the late 1800’s a candy maker in Indiana wanted to share the meaning of Christmas through his work. He took a plain white peppermint stick and added 3 red stripes and then curved the end to make a cane. The white of the stick would represent the purity and sinless nature of Jesus. The red stripes would represent the blood Jesus shed so that we might be pure in God’s eyes. And the 3 stripes would represent the Holy Trinity. Finally, the curve of the cane had a double meaning. Since it resembled a shepherd’s hook it represented Jesus as our shepherd. And if the cane is turned upside down it resembles a “J” as a reminder that the season is all about one gift, the gift of Jesus to mankind.
As she came to the end of her story her smile seemed to stretch a mile wide. She knew what was about to happen. She also knew the true meaning of Christmas couldn’t be found in a stocking on a nail. The meaning of Christmas was to give from the treasure chest of the heart. (Place sock back inside treasure chest. Close, pull pin and turn box to face audience.) Just as God had given from His heart when He gave Jesus to the world as a sacrifice for our sin, that kind of love can only come from the heart. That’s the love of unselfish giving. I hope this Christmas you’ll remember the legend of the candy cane and the opportunities you have to give unselfishly. (Open box to reveal candy canes.)
Jesus, Gentle Shepherd, this cane of red and white
Proclaims the sweet love story born on Christmas night
This cane, you see, when turned around begins your name of love
And now becomes a symbol of peace proclaimed above
The lively peppermint flavor is the regal gift of spice
The white is your purity and the red your sacrifice.
And so this cane reminds us of just how much you care
And like your Christmas gift to us, it’s meant for all to share.
(Author of poem unknown. Story by Barry Mitchell)
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