A/N: This was written really fast and unbeta'd for the S/J Thread on Shipmas '08 and dedicated to the One who showed me He still performs Christmas miracles. All mistakes are my own, but I think the message is His.


She was standing silently in front of the Christmas tree, the twinkling lights casting her features in a warm glow, her blonde hair falling in a cascade of curls down her back to become lost in the shadows behind her; one ornament out of the many had attracted her attention. Sam stood in the doorway silently watching for several long moments. It was a Christmas Card perfect moment, and she was loathe to interrupt it. Eventually, though, she asked, "Whatcha looking at?"

The child turned towards her. "I think it's Neil Armstrong, Grandmom." Reaching forward, Terri touched the back of the ornament.

A tinny voice filled the room: "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The eagle has landed. That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Sam smiled at the familiar words. "That's right, honey."

The girl tilted her head to one side in a familiar gesture, thinking. "Did you know him?"

"Nope. I met him, but I never really knew him."

"Oh… He was the first man on the moon, right?"

Sam's smile widened. "Well, as far as we know."

"I didn't think there was a Stargate on the moon. Isn't it too close to Earth?"

"That's right. Armstrong went in a rocket, years before we started using the Stargate."

Terri's eyes squinted in confusion. "What's a 'rocket'?"

Sam laughed. "They used to shoot people into space on the back of rockets which were like giant missiles."

The young girl's look of confusion turned to one of wide-eyed astonishment. "No! Seriously."

"Seriously, honey. Giant rockets shooting people into space."

Terri giggled. "Were they nuts?"

"Quite possibly, yes. But I wanted to do it myself. Before I learned about the Stargate, of course."

"Wow. " Terri turned back to look at the ornament. "That really was a giant leap. But that doesn't explain why you've got him on your Christmas tree, ya know," she finally observed.

"True. That particular ornament was, if I remember correctly, a present from Daniel. I think he found it ironic. I have no idea what it has to do with Christmas, though."

Terri stood silently staring at the tiny figure for several long moments before answering. "I do."

"You do?"

"Uh-huh." Terri pointed to another ornament on the tree, a more traditional portrayal of a baby in a manger. "Armstrong was doing the same thing He was."

"He was?"

"Yup. Armstrong was just one man stepping out into a new world, but that one step changed everything. Like Jesus at Christmas. And eventually, out there in space, you guys freed everyone from all those false gods." Turning to Sam, Terri concluded with a triumphant smile, "And, grandmom, that's exactly what Jesus did. He freed everyone from all their false gods. Only, he did it forever."