December 17
{8 Days until Christmas}

Read Together

The shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened. Luke 2:15

Discuss Together

Once again, the night became dark and still. As suddenly as the angels had come, they disappeared back to heaven. The shepherds were amazed at what they had just seen and heard! God had chosen them, simple shepherds, to be the first to hear His good news about Jesus! They didn’t waste any time discussing the angel’s words or wondering if the story was true or not – they just went straight away to Bethlehem to find the promised one, the newborn Son of God. Where should they start looking for the baby? The angel told them they would find the baby wrapped up in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Do Together

  • Do you suppose there were a lot of stables and barns in Bethlehem? If you have a Nativity Scene on display in your home, examine the manger together. As you pass it around, let everyone pray, thanking God for sending Jesus!
  • Purchase a gingerbread house kit and work on it together. Or if you are adventuresome, make your own, and make it look like the nativity scene! A simple version uses graham crackers.
  • As a family, look at some of the Christmas cards you have received. Take turns choosing a card. Read the message and the name of the person who sent the card. Talk about the person and how they are a part of your life. Let each person pray and thank God for the special friend whose card they chose. Send a Merry Christmas text to the friend.

Pray Together

God, I pray we will obey all that you tell us to do. Deuteronomy 5:33