Christmas Eve is this Thursday, December 24th. Consider setting some time aside on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Christmas weekend to have some family God Time together and tell one of the most important stories of our faith. This short devotion will carve holy time into your hectic week. Have fun feeding your family’s faith together!
Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and for your coming at Christmas. Help our time to be holy time. In your name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: Luke 2:1-20
Read this story in your Bible, or you can find it here:
Discuss as a family: What are some details that you noticed in this story? Who is your favorite character? Your least favorite character? Who would you want to be in this story? Why does this story matter to us?
Activity: Jesus Comes
If you have been making a nativity set together as a family during Advent, now is the time to get Jesus out and place him in the center of your nativity. At this point, your nativity might look like this:
If you have not made a nativity set this year, you can still use one that your family already owns. Set it up without the wise men or the baby, and participate in the game together!
You can make a game of it, if you wish. Take turns hiding Jesus and letting the others find him and put him into the nativity set. Jesus shows up in the most unexpected places!
Song: Away in a Manger
As I have been singing Christmas carols with my five-year-old this season, I have noticed how old and difficult many of the words in my favorite Christmas carols can truly be. This classic song skips most of the hard words and gets straight to the heart of the matter. The lyrics are on the screen; have fun singing along!
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith for Christmas. I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Thank you, God, for this holy time together to feed our faith as a family. Bless us as we spread the joy of Jesus’ coming at Christmas. Amen.