I worked at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis this passed Thursday night. Santa Claus himself had made a surprise visit to all the young patients earlier that afternoon. His visit brought with it Christmas shaped sugar cookies for all with icing and sprinkles and jelly beans and gummy bears and chocolate kisses, all to decorate each child’s own holiday treat. It was a big day for the kids! 🙂 Visions of sugar plums must have danced in many a head as each child nestled all snug in his or her bed.
What exactly is a sugar plum you might ask? Well let me tell you.
A sugar plum is a piece of dragée or hard candy made of hardened sugar in a small round or oval shape. I know this only because I just Googled it. I had always presumed it to be a type of dried or candied fruit.
Oh, the excitement of Christmas through the eyes of a child. All you have to do is believe!
Unfortunately not all children will experience visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. Like the picture perfect storybook tale of The Night Before Christmas. Especially in the PICU where I work. Some have shunts and lines and vents. It’s not a time of happy holidays for all.
But it is a time that you can always believe. Believe in Christmas and all it has to offer. But believe in so much more than just the jolly old elf, St. Nicholas, who comes but once a year, but in Jesus Christ, son of God. For He is the one that offers us the best Christmas gift of all. Himself. All of Him. 365 days a year. His love. His healing. His forgiveness. His promise of eternal life.
How sweet is that? That’s better than sugar plums.
My prayer this season is for the children. That each child would not be without. That each child would have something good to believe in. That nothing but sugar plums danced in their heads. No pain. No fear. That Jesus himself would hold each of them near and dear to Him no matter what bed they were nestled in.
I encourage each of you to take a moment this holiday season to experience Christmas through the eyes of a child. Their excitement. Their wonder. Their awe. How sweet it is! ♡
My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste; Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 24:13-14
Love and laughter,