The Secret of Christmas Jars of Love

Dear Reader:

Yesterday was the 20th Summerville MS Christmas Luncheon-Elizabeth Peterson, has been the on-going President of the chapter for all that time, but she stepped down officially at the end of the luncheon and was recognized in a special ceremony.

I have been the contributing storyteller for the last twelve of these years so it saddened me to see her give up this role but it was time for her to do so she told me. My friend, Andrea, was also unable to attend which saddened me. It was Mike and Honey Burrell who first got me involved in this amazing organization and it makes my Christmas.

Before leaving office Elizabeth recognized me with a beautiful poinsettia. So sweet!

The theme this year was Love Came Down and I won a raffle ticket for a ” love” tree ornament.

Love and Christmas go hand in hand.

I combined two stories this year ( Falling Leaves and Shining Stars) and told how it is the love that nature provides every day of the year that exemplifies God’s love for us. Case in point… just about all my leaves have fallen off the pear tree now but I am in no hurry for Jeff to rake them up… in my eyes God’s Christmas decorations just makes my yard more beautiful.

Beautiful ” Christmas ” leaves.

Out of nowhere I pictured ” bottles or jars” of love. Everyone around the world got one each Christmas Day. When one opened the cap… a wisp of love, enveloped him or her so completely it transformed love into pure delight.

But there was one important warning on the bottle or jar… if only used on the recipient… by the recipient… love would quickly dissipate long before the next Christmas. The only way to keep enough love in the bottle until the next Christmas was to give it away… every time the love was shared with another… the level rose accordingly.

So until tomorrow… love conquers all… so be not afraid. And perhaps before we call out Merry Christmas this year… we pause to add ” I see your heart…. Merry Christmas!”

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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3 Responses to The Secret of Christmas Jars of Love

  1. Beth Brewer says:

    A beautiful concept for love. I’ll do my best to spread it.


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Love the story today…and your pillows and the quilt. I am reading the book at FES on Tuesday. I have my little tiny Ruthie to show them…think you gave it to me…❤🎄❤


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