NOTE: These devotional will mainly be verses and questions. My goal is to ensure that my children understand the meaning of the verse and it how it relates to the true celebration of Christmas. I will listen to their response and lead our discussion based on their thoughts, so in reality the questions may change. I will base my responses on their level of understanding of the verse we are discussing. We will then hang the ornament depicted each day on our special little tree.
See my original post detailing the inspiration behind my Heart of Christmas Devotional HERE!
Day 1 – Why do we celebrate Christmas?
Today we begin our countdown to Christmas! There is much focus in the world around us on presents, Santa Claus, lights and Christmas trees. Each day up to Christmas we will spend time remembering the true heart and meaning of Christmas. We will look at verses and discuss together why that particular verse carrying meaning for us as Christmas approaches.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
- Because of God's love for us, He sent His one and only Son to earth. Why did God send Jesus to earth?
- Why do we celebrate Christmas?
- Why is the birth of Jesus so important?
(As a four year old, Grace will have two verses or parts of a verse to work on each week. Anthony will have larger sections to memorize because he is nine and memorizes verses at a rapid pace. NOTE: I learned this passage in the KJV which is not the usual version I memorize in now, but it will be forever embedded in my heart in KJV. Plus, for this particular passage, KJV has such a lovely poetic flow to it, thus my children will learn it in KJV as well.)
As a part of our December celebration of the Heart of God, we are going to work on memorizing the passage in Luke 2 that tells us of the birth of Jesus. Mu (my mom) taught this passage to me and now I want to teach it to you. First, let's talk about the whole passage and discuss what happened.
Grace – “’Glory to God in the Highest!’” (Luke 2:14a)