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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Christmas Story: Children's Edition

Dear Readers,

Merry Christmas!  We've had a great 2 day celebration.  Christmas for me starts on Christmas eve when you hunker down in the afternoon and that "sacred" time begins where it's 100% family, 100% love, 100% fun.  There's no communication with the outside world, making a humbler, simpler setting to truly worship Jesus Christ and reflect on the story of Christ's birth.

My Nativity Table...I only pulled out my children's nativities this year.


Our Christmas story went like this this year!

My daughter insists that whenever we use tell the Christmas story that we start at the very beginning which means to her "when Mary goes to get the water."  If you watch the this Bible video, "An Angel Foretells Christ's Birth to Mary" you'll see that it starts showing rippling water then Mary getting water before the angel appears...totally necessary to her, though not in the scriptures.

So here we go.

Luke 1:26-38
26 And in the sixth month the aangel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
 27 To a avirgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that arthighly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongawomen.
 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
 30 And the angel said unto her, aFear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name AJESUS.
 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the aSon of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the bthrone of his fathercDavid:
 33 And he shall areign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no bend.
 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing Iaknow not a man?
 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The aHoly Ghostshall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the bSon of God.
 36 And, behold, thy acousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her bold age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
 37 For with God nothing shall be aimpossible.
 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Mary prepped and ready to go!

Getting the water before the angel appeared.

In awe after listening to the angel.....which if you watch the video, my daughter has mastered every facial expression that Mary does.  It was quite fun to watch her BE Mary.

18 aNow the bbirth of Jesus Christ was con this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick aexamplebwas minded to cput her away privily.
 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a adream, saying, Joseph, thou son ofbDavid, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the cHoly Ghost.
 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his anameBJESUS: for he shall csave his people from their sins.
No picture...I was the angel, and the narrator, and couldn't juggle the camera while reading from the scriptures because Husband was Joseph.

 Luke 2:1-7
  And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all athe world should be btaxed.
 (And this ataxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is calledaBethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
 To be taxed with Mary his aespoused wife, being great with child.
 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
 And she brought forth her afirstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the binn.
Riding the donkey to Bethlehem

Does she look like a lady who just had a baby or what?!?!

I always tell her that Mary needed a place to lay down and rest when we talk about the journey to Bethlehem.

Mom and baby all cleaned up and happy.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the aglory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you agood tidings of great bjoy, which shall be to all people.
 11 For unto you is aborn this day in the city of David a bSaviour, which is Christ the cLord.
 12 And this shall be a asign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 14 aGlory to God in the highest, and on earth bpeace, good will toward men.
 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
 16 And they came with ahaste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
 18 And all they that heard it awondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
 19 But Mary kept all these things, and apondered them in her heart.

Cutest shepherd ever out in the fields!

Fear not!

I bring you good tidings of great joy!

A Savior which is Christ the Lord!

A Heavenly Host.....We sang "Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains."


Son finding the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.


O Come Let Us Adore Him!

behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
 11 ¶And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and afrankincense, and myrrh.

A Star in the East!

Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh

12 And being warned of God in a adream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
 13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
 14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

This part was really important to Daughter that we didn't skip it, not sure why.  On the way to Egypt!

Mother, Mary, Fair

Wait, One last costume change!

We ended with a testimony meeting where we all shared our feelings about the Nativity and Jesus Christ.  It was especially sweet that Daughter bore her testimony unprompted.  It wasn't just a couple of rote sentences, but had some real meat to it.  I love it when my children feel the Spirit.

Then we took a picture, which would have been awesome if it didn't come out fuzzy....and went to bed!



And then we woke up to an awesome Christmas.

Merry Christmas!!!

Merrily,
Lindsay


Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Nativity

Dear Lindsay,
For your collection.

Story of Christmas - an infographic
Click to learn more about the story of Christmas.

Love,
Lindsay