What’s Happening December 25th?

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There’s something special coming up, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Oh yeah…CHRISTMAS!!

I was looking on Facebook when I noticed the news trending bar on the side showed the image above. If it hasn’t loaded, it says: ‘Christmas: Dec. 25 Marks Holiday Celebrating Birth of Jesus Christ’.

A few thoughts went through my mind.

  1. Why would anyone need to be reminded of such an obvious event/holiday? Is this revelation really news? I’m more surprised we’re still allowed to mention the J.C. name.
  2. Are there people out there who actually haven’t heard about Jesus? Of course there are, and this makes me feel so sad. I consider Jesus to be not only my God, but my best friend. He is the only one who is always there for me, and always championing me on to do my best. AND lastly,
  3. I love the wording. One of the ridiculous comments Christians usually get around Christmas time is: “You know Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th right?” Like that’s something we’ve never heard before! Of course he wasn’t. With the shepherds out watching over their flock, that time of year wouldn’t make sense. And yes, it does fall on/near a Pagan holiday, but that was pretty much only to give Christians something to do and focus on while they were doing their thing (better explanations are available). What I love about the wording is that it shows that December 25th is a date set aside to celebrate Jesus. Personally, I try to celebrate Jesus everyday; but this is one day of the year where we all focus on the fact that our Powerful Lord Saviour came down to us as a vulnerable babe, lying in a trough.

What does December 25th mean for you?

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Christian books haul!

After a painful and costly trip to the dentist, I decided to enjoy a trip to the closest shopping centre. Much to my surprise, one of the discount book stores had some Christian Christmas books for sale – even displayed out the front!

As a volunteer primary school scripture teacher, having books like these will not only be great to read to he kids, but also help me to learn how to condense the important Bible stories in language they will understand.

Here are the books I got:

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6x illustrated short Bible stories –

Daniel and the Lions, Joseph’s Colourful Coat, Jonah and the Big Fish, The Miracles of Jesus, The Easter Story, David and Goliath.

These are very easy for kids to understand, and the illustrations are just darling. They were $6 each.

1x Bible Stories for Children

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It might not look it, but this is a MASSIVE book (height-wise). The stories are a bit more advanced in language, but the illustrations are amazing. I am actually planning on using this book for my year 5 ‘birth of Jesus’ scripture class. (Click here to check out this lesson).

This was $27.95 down to $9.99.

1x Children’s Picture Bible (Old and New Testament stories retold)

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This is a very comprehensive book. It includes illustrations to help the kids understand better, and includes both Old and New Testament stories.

This was $20.

4x Christmas stories –

A Christmas Carol, The First Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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Each one of these is a classic. They are short stories, and are small enough that you can bring all of them on your Christmas holiday.

They tell the story in clear language, and I used The First Christmas in my Year 1 scripture class today (lesson found here).

This bundle was $20 for all four.

So that’s my haul, and I am really pleased regular stores still sell Christian books.
Let me know what you have found.