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This Christmas season start a family tradition which will make an eternal difference. Try retelling the story of Jesus birth with candles and your Nativity scene.
Retelling the story of Jesus’ birth with candles is a fun way to spend Christmas Eve. My Family looks forward to retelling the story of Jesus’ birth with candles. We have been doing this for over twenty years.
Some people would argue that Jesus would have nothing to do with Christmas, and the early Church did not even celebrate the birth of Jesus. They might even say that Jesus’ birthday is not really in December. Other people would say let’s put Christ back into Christmas.
Christmas for me is a time to draw closer to God. I need Him more than ever to help me avoid the stresses and materialistic time of the year. Keeping my focus on God keeps me content, helps me count my many blessings, and allows me to focus on others. Christmas has become all about shopping and material things. In the fast-moving Christmas season often God is left out. I choose to look at every day, especially at Christmas time, as an opportunity to talk about Jesus birth, Jesus death, and Jesus resurrection. The world needs to hear about Jesus, especially at Christmas. With that said, we take Christmas Eve to read the story of the birth of Jesus and make sure that our children are reminded to keep their focus on God, blessing others and not on other Gods like material things.
My family looks forward to retelling the story of Jesus’ birth with candles. We sit around our dining room table and place a piece of the nativity scene and a candle beside each person. While the room is dark, my husband begins to read Jesus’ birth from Luke 2 using a Small Candle. As He is reading each person lights his or her candle as my husband reads about that person.
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 This was the first census that took place while Quirinus was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone went to his town to register.
4 So Joseph (light Joseph’s candle from the small candle) also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary (Joseph lights Mary’s candle), who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn (Mary lights Jesus’ candle) She wrapped him in cloths (have Mary wrap Jesus from the Nativity scene in cloth) and placed Him in a manger (put Jesus back in the manager), because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were shepherds (have Jesus light the Shepherds candles once the shepherd is lit, a Shepard can light the other shepherd’s candle) living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel (have the shepherd light the angel’s candle) of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy (sing Joy to the World the King has come) that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying. 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rest.”
15 When the angels had left them (blow out the angel’s candle) and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 so they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (blow out the shepherd’s candle)
READ Matthew 2:1-12 (NIV) ABOUT THE WISE MEN
The Magi Visit the Messiah
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod (light King Herod candle), Magi (light the 3 wise men candles) from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star (follow the star using a flashlight) when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star (have flashlight follow and stop over Jesus) they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route (blow out the wise men candles).
(Blow out Mary and Joseph’s candle.)
At the end of the story the only candle burning, is the light of the world, Jesus.
“Behold! The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”).
I think my children enjoy learning about Jesus’ birth because we tell the story in the dark, and they get to take part lighting and blowing out their candle. This is has been a family tradition for 20 years. My children are now ages 24, 19, 19, 17, and 14 and they still enjoy this special time.
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