It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere we go, from the Judy Garland music loops at the local mall to the inflatable reindeer on the neighbor’s lawn. People are rushing to buy gifts and decorate their homes for the holidays; anticipating family get-togethers and how to negotiate them with as much cheer and as little fighting as possible.
In the midst of the busy-ness, many of us are trying to discern how to teach our children about why Christmas matters.
Of course, we teach our children the Christmas story of a God who loves us so much that he became a child, a little babe in a manger. About three decades later, he’d live as a homeless traveling preacher, who humbled himself even further by suffering on the cross. He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where he now offers us salvation and promises to return and make the world right one day.
So far, so good. But as we tell this beautiful and powerful narrative, what are some practical takeaways for our children? Here are three ways we can apply the Christmas story to the lives of our young children:
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