Growing up, we all heard about those magical creatures called Elves. They labored hard year round for Santa, tinkering and toiling to ensure that he had everything he needed to pull off his magical feat of visiting each and every child. As a child, I never really asked questions about the elves. All I knew, and cared to know for that matter, was that they helped Santa and were crucial in making sure he made it to me on time; and with enough presents to continue to believe in that Christmas magic.
When I got older and I learned about the true meaning of the Christmas Season; Santa and his magic were ceremoniously replaced with Christ and his Angels. While the characters changed, the story ultimately remained the same. There was someone who really cared about the children, who worked tirelessly on their behalf year round, who rewarded faithfulness and obedience among them and punished poor behavior. Christ gave the gift of love, of faith, and of redemption. With the help of his Angels, his miracles are spread across the world and reach each and every one of us.
I now realize that Santa’s elves and God’s angels…Well they are the the wonderful parents and fill-in parents that take care of their children, that raise them up in the right way, and toil and labor for them year round. They are the people that ensure that each day children awake to the gift of being loved, and knowing what Christ’s agape love looks like.
As I observe the year round and tireless work of my friends and family that are Parents… I know this season is usually especially difficult. Tonight, many of you will stay up late, work well into the night, and provide a magical morning for your children. You will also give the credit to someone else and probably receive no recognition at all. Its amazing the lengths you go to allow your children to hold on to that magical innocence, that mystical twinkle you see when they know Santa has come, to foster belief in things unseen at the expense of your great work. Santa’s magic is found in the year’s worth of hustle, making it work, penny pinching, planning, and leaning on Jesus you do in order for them to have this and so many other privileged days.
In honor of you, Santa’s real elves and God’s thankless angels, Drink du Nuit presents, for your late night imbibing pleasure, a Drink du Nuit called” North Pole Iced Tea.
DRINK du NUIT: NORTH POLE ICED TEA
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Tequila
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz White Rum
GLASS: 12 oz Tall Cocktail Glass
Fill glass with ice. Pour all Measured ingredients in. Top with Cola and serve.
DRINK WELL! and remember:
They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart.”
~ Mrs. Paul M. Ell.
As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.”
~ Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), American newscaster.
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