“So, Kellus. Tell mommy. What is Christmas about?” That’s what Kennisha Hill asked her toddler early in December. Eagerly, she waited to hear her son’s response. Would he remember what she told him the year before?
“Christmas is about Christmas trees and lights and decorations and presents!” he quickly responded, full of excitement as he jumped up and down.
“Oh, I see,” Kennisha answered. “Well, can I tell you what Christmas is really about? Christmas is really about Jesus!”
“Awhh, OK,” he said, quickly changing his answer. “Christmas is about Christmas trees and lights and decorations and Jesus!”
What’s Christmas really about? It’s not a difficult question for many kids to answer, but how do you help them connect the lights, decorations, and presents with Jesus? Here are a couple of ways that you and your family might just do that:
- Explain that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday. Children understand and celebrate birthdays throughout the year. Christmas is special, because it’s the day we celebrate Jesus’ birthday.
- Read the Christmas story together. During the month of December, we’re discussing the Christmas story with your preschoolers in class and chapel. Exploring this story at home is a great way to reinforce the message.
- Set up a Christmas manger. The Christmas manger is a great way to retell the story. Ask your preschooler to tell you who each of the characters are. Invite them to place those characters in the manger as you tell the story.
- Attend worship as a family: When you attend worship with your preschooler, tell them that this is a special service to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. That’s why we get all dressed up and sing together.
Of course, these are just a few ideas to connect this very busy season full of parties and presents with the coming of Jesus, our savior. God has given you a wonderful opportunity to share his love and celebrate his coming with your child. It’s important work, and I’m so thankful that he’s selected you. I’m sure you’ll do great, and if you have any questions, I’m always hear for you. Blessings to you and your family, and Merry Christmas!