Teaching Kids Why Jesus’ Birth is Such a Big Part of Our Story

jesus-our-storyFive years ago (when my oldest was 3 and my baby was just a baby) I developed a deep desire to invite my children into the story of Christmas. We began reading the Bible from Genesis to Jesus’ birth each year as a way to understand why and how Jesus came to us on Christmas.

I start with Creation, sharing that this miraculous beginning was also the “once upon a time” of their lives. We move our way through the Old Testament and big Bible moments they are already familiar with, connecting the dots between them until we get to the very reason we celebrate Christmas. And now, each year as we follow this tradition, we tell the story of Jesus’ birth as if it were a huge moment in their own story.

Because it is.

Without this incredible chapter in the history of our faith, we wouldn’t have the joy and peace and hope we have today.

Our story would be incredibly sad without the hope of Christ; a tiny baby; the son of God, and his miraculous entrance into our world.

Because of Jesus, we know the love of God.

Because of Jesus, we understand how to live and love well.

Because of Jesus, we have the strength to endure the pain and suffering we experience here on earth.

Because of Jesus, we have the hope of eternity.

Jesus is our story. He is a part of every aspect of our past, present and future. So I want my children to understand the significance this season holds for their life:

Your story has a beginning, a hope-filled journey and a joyous end because of Jesus.

This year, as you share the story of Christmas with your children (no matter their age) tell it as their epic, God-story to help them understand that Jesus had their name written on his heart when he entered this world as our Savior, when he left it, fulling God’s rescue plan and even now, as he is seated in the heavenly realm with our Father, God.

May this connection bring joy to their hearts (and yours) this holiday season.

And this is [our story], that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life. . . 1 John 5:11 (adapted)

color-code-1330x808If you’d like to join us as we journey through our story of the Bible this month, check out this Advent Bible reading plan.  Also, use The Color Code Bible to connect the dots of the Word for your kids. This incredible Bible has a topical reading plan and highlighted scripture index surrounding big faith topics such as spiritual growth, prayer/praise, heaven, new life, God and Jesus.


How do you try to connect the Christmas story to the lives of your children?

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Jess Wolstenholm is founder of Gather & Grow and the Bloomtown Faith Family Devotion Podcast. Jess became passionate about developing simple faith tools when she began to navigate the spiritual development of her own young children. She launched Gather & Grow following the loss of her mom to pancreatic cancer in 2012. Since, she's focused on continuing the legacy of faith started by her wonderfully imperfect parents. Author of The Pregnancy and Baby Companion books, Jess contributes articles and resources about family and faith to Tommy Nelson, JellyTelly and The Huffington Post. When she isn’t writing, you can find Jess teaching kids at her home church or taking notes for the school PTO. She lives outside Nashville, Tennessee with her amazing husband, Dave and their two miracles, Hope (9) and Joshua (6).