“You need to tell me what you want for your Christmas,” my mom said to me. But I didn’t want to tell her what I wanted because, after all, Santa knows everything, right? Why did she need to know?
But my mother kept asking me every day, so I finally gave in and told her, “I want to have a Licca-chan house (doll house).”
On the night of Christmas Eve, I decided not to go to bed. I wanted to see Santa and say thank you, to him. He is a little bit chubby, looks like how a grandpa should look, with white hair and a long beard. I saw his face on TV shows and pictures of him in my books, so I was sure I would recognize him.
But my mother told me if I didn’t go to the futon (bed mat), Santa would not come to our house. I had no choice, so I went to the futon and fell asleep. While I was sleeping he must have come to my house! The next morning, the Licca-chan house was next to my pillow!
I was very excited. I opened and closed the doll house’s doors and windows, and I looked and touched every corner of it. I had wanted this for so long, and Santa knew exactly what I wanted. He became a mighty hero to me. I was five years old, and I was convinced that because I was a good girl, Santa had brought a Christmas gift instead of a lump of coal.
Years went by; my Licca-chan house was not of interest to me anymore. Every Christmas, new items took their place as one fun thing after another came and went. My Christmas desires were transitory as I grew up. These gifts contented me for a short while but it would never be too long before my eyes wanted something new. I had almost forgotten about the Licca-chan house. It doesn’t matter, now I am looking forward to a better house.
Because my sins were as black as coal, I deserved God’s wrath. My sin is great, but Christ is greater. Our Savior was born as a human, and Christ’s Incarnation took away my punishment and satisfied God’s wrath. He has prepared a place as the best gift for us: the eternal house in which we will live forever with him.
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”
John 14:1-4 (ESV)
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:11 (ESV)