The Christmas program would not be just the ordinary, run of the mill, typical stand in front of the congregation and quote a few verses and sing a few songs. No, this program would be one that many would remember for years to come. Several Sunday’s prior to the program we practiced our parts and worked on costumes. We even had a few additional practices to make sure we were all ready for what would be an unforgettable program.
The Sunday had finally arrived. Costumes were ready, lines twirling in our minds and excitement was in the air. When we arrived at church everyone was ready to see what we had worked on for weeks. Coats, hats and mittens stayed on and the entire congregation loaded a yellow school bus that awaited them. We all were going to a farm that was close by for our Christmas program. Yes, it was going to be a live production.
The scene was set in the barn; fresh rolled out hay, cows mooing, horses instead of donkeys, sheep baaing and a real baby for Jesus. Each of us kids quickly took our prepared costume, consciously fit to go over our warm coats, slipped them on and where ready to start the program.
It was the story of the birth of Jesus in a manger on a cold winter night. Three kings bearing gifts to honor the King they had awaited. Mary and Joseph astonished by the interest of their new born baby. Angels (that’s the part I got to play) singing Joy to the World the Lord has come!
The program was short because it was cold outside. When it was done we all got back on the bus and returned to the church for hot cocoa, coffee for the adults and treats. The pastor shared some more about the meaning of Christmas while all of us kids sat in the front rows staring at the beautifully lit real Christmas tree.
At the end of the service all the kids received a gift of a brown paper bag filled with shelled peanuts, chocolate and hard candies and an apple. It was such a perfect way to end our time together.
I’ve wondered over the years why this Christmas program always come to my thoughts?
Why was this Christmas program and the day so memorable?
It stands out because it was the attention to detail on the part of the “mom” that directed the program. She made us feel such a part of the event with detailed costumes and being responsible for carrying out our part. Each time we practice she was excited. She truly expressed how our part in the program would help carry the message of the real meaning of Christmas.
The little bag of goodies was also special to me. I really don’t know why, but I loved that brown paper bag chucked full of peanuts, candy and an apple. I think it was because it was all mine, no sharing with my brothers. And the Christmas tree was so huge it simply stuck in my memory because of its enormity and how beautiful it looked.
As each of you celebrate Christmas please remember it’s about memories. Usually the smallest, most inexpensive gift, thing said or time spent will be the most remembered. Not the biggest or most expensive gift. Little details and sometimes unnoticed things are what is remembered the most.
Enjoy your Christmas and each little detail, big or small. It’s about time spent with family and friends and remembering the true meaning of the day Christ was born. Oh, what a Joy He has brought to the world.