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How to Retell Jesus Birth with Candles

How to Retell Jesus Birth with Candles

Retell Jesus Birth Using Candles instrudtions
Retell Jesus Birth Using Candles

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.  Your family will never forget it.

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 through 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.

Our family really 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.

Retell Jesus Birth Using Candles instrudtions
Retell Jesus Birth Using Candles

Luke 2

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 own 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 (Joseph) 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. (blow out Mary and Joseph’s candle)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 About the Wise Men

At the end of the story the only candle burning, is the light of the world, Jesus. I think my children enjoy learning about Jesus’ birth because we tell the story in the dark, and they get to take part by lighting and blowing out their candle. This is has been a family tradition for 20 years.  My children are now ages 22, 17, 17, 15, and 11 and they truly enjoy this special time.

My prayer is that your family remembers the birth of Jesus using candles as enjoys it as much as we do.

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12 Responses to How to Retell Jesus Birth with Candles

    • Julia,

      Thank you so much for leaving me a comment about How to Retell Jesus Birth with Candles. This is my favorite posts. I think because we have enjoyed doing this for so many years.
      I hope you and your family have a Wonderful Christmas!!
      Diane Roark

  1. Beautiful tradition and you are so right about this whole season being about Jesus first and foremost. Happy Monday Diane and also wishing you a very, Merry Christmas, too!! :)

    • Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment about my post on “Retell Jesus Birth with Candles”. We truly enjoy this special time we spend every Christmas eve. We have been doing it a very long time and now my kids are all teens and one young adult. They still ask if we are doing it and look forward to it.

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  2. What a wonderful idea and way to share the story of birth of Jesus. You offer so many great ideas and I am blessed that you share them with me.
    Lori Holden

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