Clearing up the Confusion

Today's Video

What's the Point?

Scripture: Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-12

Lesson Summary: With all of the different icons of Christmas including Santa, snowmen, reindeer, the wisemen, shepherds, angels, and baby Jesus, it can feel like we are talking about two different holidays!

The point: We can clear up the confusion by understanding what Christmas is about.

Verse of the month: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Looking for More?

Talk about this:
· Watch the HF Kids video as a family
· What are some confusing things about Christmas?
· Is it ok to look forward to all of the non-Christian things about Christmas?
· How do we clear up the confusion so we can celebrate Christmas the way Jesus wants us to?

Explore more:
Find a family activity that allows you to focus on Jesus. Here are a few ideas:
Read parts of the Christmas story together in the evening
Adopt a family in need
Contribute to local charities together

Watch this fun video on Right Now Media!
Why do we call it Christmas - Phil Vischer

The Rock: HF Kids’ 4th / 5th grade

In class we played a Bible Trivia game after watching Baptisms! What a fun morning!

Parent Connect:

It really can feel like we are talking about two different holidays, when you compare the seemingly disconnected images of Santa, a sleigh, reindeer, lights, candy canes, elves, and snowmen with the Biblical imagery of Baby Jesus, foretold by wisemen, welcomed by Shepherds, born to a virgin, under a star in a lowly manger.

The truth is that the world is pre-wired to long for Jesus and these icons of the Season are the best we can do without the Savoir himself.

Unfortunately, this can leave kids with more questions and confusion than peace and joy. Should they give up presents, lights, and Christmas trees? Should they feel guilty for looking forward to carols, cocoa, and crazy sweaters? I really believe the answer is a resounding, “NO”. Those things may be the world’s best efforts at re-creating the wonder of a coming savior, but it is still an opportunity to see the softening of hearts that can lead to the first awareness of Jesus.

Lights: Isn’t Jesus called “the light of the World”?
Christmas trees: Isn’t his love more lasting than evergreen?
Snowmen: Does the Holy spirit not have the power to melt even the coldest heart?
Santa: Isn’t God able to surprise us with unexpected gifts?
Presents: Did Jesus not come as the greatest gift of all?

These icons, though not found specifically in scripture, may not be too far from the message.

Rejoice this season that Jesus will make Himself know in the most unexpected places if we only look for Him.

~Ms. Kelly

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

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