Celebrating the Gift of Children at Christmas


Sue Reeve

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

(What Child is This? is a well-loved Christmas carol. The lyrics were written by William Chatterton Dix, in 1865)

     A friend gave Ron and me a large King James family Bible for a wedding gift. Even though we rarely read from that version because of its cumbersome old English vernacular, one of our family’s Christmas traditions is that Ron reads the Christmas story from Luke 2 from the big Bible before we open gifts. Usually, the youngest child sits on Ron’s lap while he reads. Kids add such special meaning to Christmas!

     Here are some pictures of our special kiddos. The Luke 2 King James Christmas story is interspersed.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

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The Wonder of a Child (firstborn daughter, Angie, at age 3 ½)

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Smiles and whimsical symbols of Christmas (While getting prettied up for pictures, Sarah, 3, held a Santa that’s been in our family since I was a little girl!)

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Little Boys in Silly Christmas Pajamas

Jackson, 6 months, was perfectly happy to wear the silly jammies Grandma picked out. 16 years later, Jackson’s little cousin, Reeve, age 3 months, isn’t so happy about wearing these much-too-large pajamas!

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

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Cute Christmas Outfits through the years. Grandkids – Sydney, Mackenzie and Jackson, ages 18 months to 7 years.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

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The childhood Christmas wonder, laughter and fancy holiday dresses continued with the birth of Emalynn, here 1 and 3.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

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Memories continue…Emmi and her preschool friends singing songs of Christmas. Reeve says, “Let me think about all of this!”

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Dear God, I thank you for the good gift of children in our lives. I ask you to bless every Listening on the Journey reader’s family this blessed season. And, Lord, help the hurting children throughtout the world.

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Our little ‘snow angel,’ Emmi

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Merry Christmas greetings from our home to yours!







3 thoughts on “Celebrating the Gift of Children at Christmas

  1. And I say a great big AMEN!! So thankful for the Christ Child who came to be my Saviour and so thankful for all the children He has brought into my life.

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