~ Next time you head to the ocean to cool off... pause in waist deep water and shuffle your feet. If you're lucky, you'll feel a flat pancake-like shell nestled in the sand. It's a sand dollar! Dive down and grab it or do as the Floridians do and pick it up by balancing it between your big toe and your second toe. That's a sure way to impress your friends!
Now that you have it, take it up to the shore and discover the legend within. The sand dollar tells the story of Jesus. You'll notice that the center marking looks like the Star of Bethlehem that led the Wisemen to the manger. On the other side is the Christmas flower, the poinsettia signifying His nativity; and the Easter Lily marking His resurrection. Five holes around the shell signify the five wounds He suffered from being nailed to the cross. Break open the shell and five tiny Doves of Peace are found to emphasize this legend so that peace and love abound.