Growing up in China during war time, things were very different from the present time - but very much the same in other ways.
Watching the children receiving their treats after the Christmas program brought back memories of our Christmas programs in China. We had programs similar to the children today.
There was singing, reading of the Christmas story, and recitations by the children. Then the missionary would give a talk about Jesus birth, illustrating it with pictures on a large easel.
There was opportunity for children and their parents to come and receive more information about the true God and accept Him as their Saviour.
After the program, the children were anxious for the treats. This was wartime in China, and sweets were not readily available. However, our treat was just as exciting and wonderful to us! We each received a container made out of newspapers, shaped like a cone, and filled with delicious peanuts still in their shells. How we enjoyed that special time!
In trying to make a replica of that cone, I ended up using scotch tape - which I'm sure they didn't have back in those days. Somehow, they were able to shape the newspaper so it would hold together for our special treat.
In so many lands today, missionaries again tell the wonderful story of Christmas to the children, giving them special treats from their area of the world. How blessed that they can receive the true meaning of Christmas. Let's remember to pray for our missionaries.
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