Christmas in the Meadow at Crystal Springs UMC

December 20, 2007

By Steve Schlichter

Lay member, Crystal Springs UMC, San Mateo

Thanks to the vision of one of our members, the church decided to open up to our community in a new way, this year. Since we have plenty of trees – and of course a meadow – we decided to make a festival of lights and Christmas trees, along with luminaries, to light the pathway to our Christmas display. The grounds were cleaned and lights were added to the outside and inside of the church, as well as to our bushes fronting the street. Thanks to the new lights, signs, and newspaper publicity the community definitely knew we were there!


We held the event on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 in the early evening.


Inside the social hall a different display of Christmas made the event a friendly one – especially for the kids. The room was decorated with all sorts of Christmas houses and figures, along with Christmas trees and a model train display. Crafts and storytelling were popular with the many youngsters who visited with their parents. Then too, Santa was there with gifts and the opportunity to have a Polaroid photo taken with each child. (He arrived in Pastor Sweet’s Model A.)


Adding to the ambience was music from a children’s bell choir in which all the youngsters were invited to participate. The “Christmas Trolls” (those who saw our production of Godspell will understand this name) played for the carol sing-along. And of course there was hot cider and chocolate and plenty of cookies to add to the festivities.


Since this was our first such event we did not know if anyone would attend and we were pleasantly surprised. While we did not count the visitors, we were busy! Christmas in the Meadow will definitely be back next year. We are already thinking of ways to improve it.