Seeing Christ in Christmas

Each December, we work our way through the Nativity Story as found in the Bible.  We do daily, sequential readings and related crafts with our three young children.  No account of the Christmas story would be complete, however, without knowing and sharing why Jesus came and why His birth was and continues to be so important to each one of us.

In 1 John 4, verses 9 through 10, it states that, ” This is how God showed His love among us:  He sent His One and Only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love:  not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. ”  1 John 4:14 continues to say, “…we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the World.”
Without Christ, we would still be heaped in our sins and completely seperated from God – without HOPE.

This was recently written from the heart of our 5 1/2 year old daughter right before delivering Christmas Gospel Cookies to our neighbors…
‘I hope you will know God the Father in Heaven and He will forgive…I hope that you will know that He is the Christ.’

Lord, December seems to be such a  busy time – with gift giving and cards (and this year preperation for a new little one joining our family).  Please help me to keep in the forefont of my mind this busy Christmas season the gracious gift of Your Son, Jesus – My Savior.  Help me to continually see Christ in Christmas.

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  1. hi michelle, i was looking around on your website for some christmas ideas and wanted to ask you a question… you have so many excellent craft ideas which coincide with each scripture passage– so do you try to do a craft EVERY day during the month of december? we have a 6 year old, a 4 year old, and a 5 month old baby, and to me it seems really hard to accomplish a craft day after day…. so i was just wondering what your thoughts are? thank you, as always, for your help:) !

    • For the last five years, our family really has done a craft a day the month of December and they have LOVED it! This year (2009) is the first year that we are not following the activity guide and readings that I have posted on the website. With my oldest being in second grade, a new baby due the end of our homeschool year, and me wanting to try something slightly different this year, we have been still plugging along with our regular school work these first two weeks of December. However, we have been doing the Jesse Tree this year though – reading an old and new testament passage each day and then hanging a corresponding ornament on our little Jesse Tree. Next week, our schoolwork will be lighter and we will do a few crafts then. If, at some point, we begin to school year round, I would be more apt to go back and do a craft/activity a day again.

      If you feel stressed trying to attempt a craft a day, then just don’t do it =) Maybe do just a couple each week -whatever works for your family. Each year, with different ages of kids and varying family situations, adjust to what works best for you.


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