Do you feel like your kids have heard the Christmas story so many times that it just doesn’t have any meaning anymore? Are you looking for a fresh perspective on the Christmas story?
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Welcome to episode #14 of The Family Bible Connection Podcast with Laurie Christine!
A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON CHRISTMAS
Sometimes I feel like my kids have become so familiar with the Christmas story that it starts to lose its significance and meaning. I’m sure your kids could name all the characters and the events of the story in chronological order.
But do your kids really understand the significance of the Christmas story? Do they understand who Jesus really was and why he was born?
Our celebration of Christmas often begins at the manger… (or maybe slightly before, when the angel appeared to Mary). But, the birth of Jesus was the culmination of thousands of years of hoping and praying for the Messiah, the Redeemer to come. The Jewish people had been watching and waiting for God to send the Promised Child – the One who would rescue the people from sin and slavery. In order to help you and your kids see the Christmas story from a fresh perspective, I would love to share with you a book I have written, called The Night the Angels Got Lost – Christmas through the eyes of a young shepherd girl.
This book will not only bring a fresh perspective to your Christmas celebrations, it will also help you understand the significance behind the coming of the Promised Child – the One who came not only for the rich and powerful, but for the sinners, the outcasts, and the lowest people of society.
In last week’s episode, I read to you Part One of my Christmas family devotional, The Night the Angels Got Lost. If you missed the first part, go back and listen to Episode 013.
Today I’m going to continue reading Part Two. You’re welcome to grab your kids and listen to the episodes together, or listen to it with them again later. There are discussion questions that go along with each section of the story.
But if you don’t want to wait until next week for me to finish the story, you can download a free copy of the ebook for yourself! You can download a copy HERE.
I hope you enjoy part two of: The Night the Angels Got Lost… Christmas Through the Eyes of a Young Shepherd.
Heavenly Father, you were very intentional about announcing the good news of Jesus to the shepherds. You didn’t choose to send him to the important religious leaders of the time. You didn’t send him to the king’s palace in Jerusalem. Instead, you sent him to some of the lowest members of society… those whom many would consider outcasts. Jesus didn’t come to save those who thought they were already righteous, but those who knew they were sinners.
Lord, help us to understand the depth of our need for you this Christmas. Help us to communicate to our children how deeply you love them and how desperately they need you. Amen.
Don’t forget to download your free copy of The Night the Angels Got Lost. In addition, when you sign up for my mailing list, you’ll receive a free copy of my ebook, The Promised Child – 25 Days of Scripture Readings About the Coming of Jesus.
GIVE ME A CALL!
Do you have a special Christmas tradition that you do as a family that helps you to keep Christ at the center of Christmas? Give me a call, and you just might hear yourself in my next podcast episode! Leave a message at 717-723-9338 and tell me how your family tries to keep Christ at the center of Christmas. Feel free to let me know about a favorite resource or activity that you love. (And don’t worry – I won’t actually answer the phone… just leave me a voice message!) I will be including these messages in upcoming episodes of the Family Bible Connection podcast!
Our featured book for this episode is The Legend of Saint Nicholas, by Dandi Mackall. (Amazon affiliate link).
I know a lot of families struggle this time of year, trying to decide whether or not to participate in the stories about Santa.
For my family, we choose to tell our kids about the origins of Santa Clause… how the name derived from “Saint Nicholas.” We tell them that Saint Nicholas was a real man who lived on the earth and wanted to give gifts to people because he loved Jesus. And we also read the fun stories about the North pole and elves, but we make sure to explain to our kids that these stories are not the true meaning of Christmas.
Here’s what Amazon has to say about the book, The Legend of Saint Nicholas:
Are you looking for an endearing Christmas story that doesn’t forget the true meaning of the holiday? The Legend of St. Nicholas tells the story of a man who spent his life secretly helping the poor all over the world, giving gifts on Christmas Eve to remind people of the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.
There are several other books in this series (Legend of the candy cane, Christmas stocking, Christmas tree, etc). that I think are a great way to talk about some of the cultural Christmas traditions that we have, and where they came from. And even if you don’t buy in to the origins of the traditions, it’s still a great way to take something from our culture and use it to point our children to Christ.