This carol, originally titled, “The Christmas Song,” was written by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé on a hot summer day in 1945. Wells drew from his childhood memory of vendors on the streets of Boston selling roasted chestnuts and serving them in paper cones.
In France we also enjoyed roasted chestnuts on the street, their warmth feeling so good on cold hands! But the chestnut is also candied, boiled, steamed and grilled. For Christmas and New Year’s the “marron glacé” is traditional fare, a chestnut that has been glazed in sugar syrup. When they are still green and fresh, the chestnut is difficult to handle with its spiny bur. But getting at that delicious treasure is worth all the effort! There can be up to seven chestnuts in one bur.
Our verse for today talks about treasures that are hidden. The riches that the Lord reveals are not so obvious. Like the chestnut, they are sometimes stored in places difficult to see. The outside of that hidden treasure makes it easy to miss. Getting at that treasure inside may involved going through some tough prickly times.
It is through the hard times that I see God’s love and gentleness with me. It is when life is difficult that He reveals the treasure of who He is. His comfort and His grace are the unexpected surprise behind that negative experience. Through a trial He becomes MY Lord, calling me by name. Faith becomes very personal as He reveals to me the treasure of His power and presence.
Help me, Lord, to discover true riches and treasure this Christmas!