It seems that the excitement of Christmas goes in waves throughout your life. Christmas is magical as a child, then wanes as you get older. Upon having children, the excitement of Christmas reignites as you live it through them. It was fun to dress up my children and go to parties. It was fun to have them open gifts and sit on Santa's lap.
As the family grew with children and cousins, so the gifts at grandma's house grew and grew under the tree. One year, after all the gifts were opened and paper was strewn throughout the living room, one tiny gift remained. It was a small white box with no tag on the outside. My sister-in-law instructed my mother-in-law to open it. Inside was a card with these words written on it that were read to all:
Luke 2:1-20New International Version (NIV)The Birth of Jesus
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to himand was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
From then on, every year my mother-in-law has read the Christmas Story. The grandchildren have all taken part to dress up. This tradition became the first gift instead of the last gift.
No matter how old the children have gotten, they have taken part in the Christmas Story.
What about your family? How have you taught your children the Christmas Story?
Bible Study Fellowship has a Home Training Lesson just for Christmas. Teaching Your Child the Christmas Story can be found HERE. It gives teaching ideas with suggested bible verses and songs.