Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Telling kids about Christmas: Christmas short story

I picked up my grandson from daycare. When I pulled into the driveway at my house, he pointed at the Nativity scene and asked "That do those guys have to do with Christmas?'.
I felt like a heathen. I explained. He shrugged. So I wrote a story to read him. He loves my stories.
I think this is a good way to introduce kids to Jesus and tell them why we celebrate Christmas.

Once upon a time, there was a mommy and a daddy. They were very excited because they were going to have a little baby boy. Mommy said his name was Jesus.

The mommy and daddy had to go to a big party, but it was far away, from where they lived. They walked a long time, and then they came to the town of Bethlehem. This was where the party would be. It was very dark when they got to the town. All the hotels were taken, so the daddy found a nice room in the stable where the people kept their horses.

The room was a little stinky, but daddy did not care. He was glad it was warm. Daddy got some clean hay and some clean blankets and made a bed for mommy to lie down. Mommy lay down and told daddy “It’s time for our baby to come”.

Mommy and daddy were happy. Jesus was a very cute baby. As Mommy held baby Jesus, she told Jesus how special He was. When Jesus was a big man, He was going to be a king. He was going to bring peace and joy to all the people. Jesus would have another name when he was big. He would be called Christ. Daddy smiled.

Mommy put Jesus in his little crib that Daddy had made. Then Mommy and Daddy went to sleep. All of a sudden, they heard beautiful singing. An angel had come to visit the baby Jesus. It was Jesus birthday, the day he was born, and the angel wanted to sing him a lullaby.

While the angel was singing, three big men came to visit Mommy and Jesus. The three men had heard about how Jesus was going to be born, and what a special baby He was. They wanted to see him on his birthday. The three men brought Jesus some presents. One present was a box of gold, to help Daddy pay for the trip home. One present was a spice to help Mommy make good food. And one presence was perfume to help their stable smell good.

Mommy held Jesus so that the three men and the angel could see him. Jesus smiled at them.

Now Jesus lived a long time ago. But every year people all over the world celebrate His birthday because Jesus is so special. His birthday is called the festival of Christ, and it is also called Christmas.