Last night we had our annual Christmas concert at the church.
This year the theme was "The Jesse tree", which is named after a verse in the bible:
Isaiah 11:1: "A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots."
The Jesse tree is a symbol of God's great love and compassion for his people and how he never gave up on the Israelites, even tho' they gave up on him!
The shoot (baby) that would spring up (be born) from the stump (lineage) of Jesse, King David's father, would be Jesus - the new King, the Deliverer, the Messiah, the Saviour, Prince of Peace, Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
And so, as each person read a bible verse with a "name" of Jesus, an ornament was hung on our (Jesse) tree.
It was a nice idea interspersed with some singing and reading of the Christmas story.
Then the Pastor got up to give a brief message, and he closed with a funny little story entitled "The Four stages of Christmas":
#1. You believe in Santa
#2. You do not believe in Santa (because your older sister told you he doesn't exist!)
#3. You become Santa
#4. You look like Santa
The funny part came during point #2 when the Pastor said "You no longer believe in Santa because someone informed you he doesn't really exist".
That is when the Pastors 7 year old daughter piped up loud and clear for all to hear, "OH YES HE DOES!" and the whole church roared in laughter!
The Pastor's wife then said, "I hope he knows he has some explaining to do when we get home!"
And that is how little Caroline will forever remember finding out that Santa isn't real...Oops! Too funny!
Do you remember when/how you found out Santa wasn't real?