Christmas Is . . .

Christmas Tree

Last Sunday we were sitting in church with our five not-so-angels. As you mothers know, Sunday morning can turn from peaceful worship preparation to frantic survival mode in less than a second. This particular Sunday had more trigger points than usual:

  • It was Christmas program day. Not only that, but it was also last minute rehearsal day and we were having a potluck at church between the rehearsal and the actual program. I had promised to take sandwiches and squares.
  • I was expected to curl my youngest daughter’s hair and she doesn’t like anyone touching her. She didn’t want me to use rags in her hair the night before, so that meant I had to plan extra time into my Sunday morning routine.
  • The children had been promised horse-drawn wagon rides and caroling, adding more excitement to the already frenetic activity of the day. The wagon rides were supposed to happen the day before, but the weather had been frigid and the activity had to be post-poned
  • My husband was in the shower when I had hoped he would lend a hand.

Despite all the extra stress, we made it to church on time with everything done and all the props, clothing, and food we needed.

That’s when it happened: Pastor Kelly called all the children up to the front to say a prayer with them before they went to Sunday School. Our four younger children said goodbye to us and walked to the front. As the children were finding a place to sit, Pastor Kelly asked, “Are you getting excited about Christmas and presents and . . .”

Our son, Luke, blurted out, “Pastor Kelly, Christmas is NOT about chocolate or presents or trees or anything else. It’s about the KING!”

Wrapping paper

Those are words I’ll treasure for a long time. Some days when we are instructing our children, we wonder if anything is sinking in. This was a rare moment when we glimpsed the depth of understanding Luke has about Christmas. It’s even more special because although Luke has celebrated 13 birthdays, his comprehension is closer to that of a 5 or 6 year-old. He may not be able to understand numbers beyond 10, but in my mind, he understands something much more significant and important than anything he’ll ever learn in school. He knows that Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of our Saviour and King. Not only that, but Luke enjoys a personal relationship with his King and tells anyone willing to listen.

How would you finish the sentence: “Christmas is . . .”?



  1. Glynis on December 19, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Oh how blessed you are…what an important lesson for us and reassurance to you, Ruth. Love this. Luke is very wise.

    Christmas is a state of the heart and a longing of soul.

    • Ruth L. Snyder on December 19, 2013 at 5:55 am

      Glynis, thanks for stopping by and leaving an encouraging comment for me. Thanks also for your Christmas is statement. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Pam on December 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    There are more important things to learn than spelling and math. Luke’s got it nailed! Thanks for sharing this, God sends us shining moments, doesn’t He, that we hang on to for awhile and then we go back to them again and again.

    • Ruth L. Snyder on December 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Pam, you’re right. I’m very thankful for this and other “shining moments” God has given me to hang onto during the days when things are not going so well. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂

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