Joseph and Mary’s Trip to Bethlehem
Traditionally, December Sundays focus on the following:
Sunday 1 – Dec. 6 - Angel’s Announcements to Mary and Joseph
Sunday 2 – Dec. 13 - Mary and Joseph’s Trip to Bethlehem where Jesus Is Born
Sunday 3 – Dec. 20 - Jesus’ Birth Announced to the Shepherds
Sunday 4 – Dec. 27 - Wise Men (Kings) from the East
The lessons are designed to review and build on the previous week’s lessons, adding the additional parts each week. Since children love to role-play, these are good lessons to do that. Costumes can easily be used with simple scarves, towels, bathrobes, etc. Let your imagination go wild!
Like most families, we have a Christmas tree decorated to the max. Since having grandchildren, I have also built a Nativity scene by using wooden pallets to frame a stable, a doll bed for a manger, and household items such as a brass candlestick, perfume and spices for gold, frankincense and myrrh. A blue or navy sheet makes a great sky background, stuffed animals serve as stable animals, tinsel garland makes halos, and, of course, I have costumes. This usually takes me about one hour to put up compared to days and nights with the tree. It takes up one corner of the family room. My grandchildren (even as teenagers) dress and trade around the costumes from angels to shepherds to kings. And what do these magnificent grandchildren talk about the most? The Nativity scene! It is so much fun and etched forever in their hearts! It is not that hard—I promise.
Helping your children give and receive
We celebrate gifts at Christmas because God gave us the very best gift of Jesus. The wise men and/or kings brought three gifts to the Christ child. Gifts are a huge part of Christmas. This week, you will receive an email that you can download for your darling children. It consists of 10 craft-type (but paper) items they can make for themselves and some they can give to their family and friends as gifts. They are so easy and cute!