December 11
{14 Days Until Christmas}

Read Together

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in soft cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them to stay in the inn. Luke 2:7

Discuss Together

Bethlehem was the hometown for many people. It was crowded with people arriving to be counted for the census. Everyone was searching for a place to spend the night. It was so crowded that all the available rooms were taken, and there was no place for Joseph and Mary to stay. What could they do? Joseph had no family or friends with whom they could stay. Mary’s baby was coming soon, and she needed a place to rest. The best place Joseph could find was a stable. Bethlehem was the birthplace of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings! The world had waited thousands of years for this moment.

Do Together

  • After Jesus was born, Mary wrapped him in long strips of cloth and laid Him in a manger. Cut strips of muslin or soft cloth. Let your child wrap a baby doll. Provide a box of hay to lay the baby doll. Let kids get in the box to see how it feels.
  • Make a birth announcement for Jesus. Use construction paper, colored paper, ribbon, and scrapbooking materials.
  • Sing your prayer at dinner tonight. As a family, make up a song about Jesus’ birth or sing together the chorus of “O Come, All ye Faithful”.

Pray Together

God, you created us. May we know we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14