Teaching Children the Christmas Story

O is now 3 years and 4 months old.  This is the first Christmas that he has been able to understand what’s going on throughout December.  He loves all the decorations and the prospect of Santa coming to visit.
As part of our Christmas decorations, we have a lovely wooden Nativity set made by Past Times.  It displays the Angel Gabriel, Mary & Joseph, a Shepherd, a sheep and a donkey, the Three Wise Men and, of course, Baby Jesus.  O loves to play with the little figures and even managed to get one lodged behind the radiator…  Thankfully, Daddy saved the Wise Man and returned him to his gang…
Whilst O was out at his Christmas party last week, I headed into town to do a bit of shopping.  I popped into one store and found a pop-up Christmas Story book.  At £1.99, I couldn’t say no!  I bought it, took it home and read it to O that night.
O loves to point out the “fairy” Angel Gabriel, as he explains to Mary that she will find herself with-child.  It shows Mary & Joseph looking for somewhere to stay and being allowed to rest in a stable by one kind innkeeper.  It explains that the three wise men were guided to the stable by the North Star that shone bright in the sky and that an Angel visited the shepherds.  
I have explained to O that the North Star symbolises the birth of Baby Jesus and this is why we have a star decoration on the top of our Christmas tree.  He seems to also have grasped that the Advent calendar is our way of counting down the days to celebrate Baby Jesus’ birth on Christmas day.  

O loves this story and has asked for it almost every night before going to sleep.  The pop-up images in the book are fab, although he does want to pull at them!

I’d love to know if you’ve found a book similar and how your little one is understanding the real story behind Christmas!

14 thoughts on “Teaching Children the Christmas Story

  1. We did have a similar book last year but I cannot find it now! Harry grasps a little basic understanding of the Christmas story and I am sure he will get a bit more in the next week or two as we have started going to Church and he is in a nativity. I would love to get a nativity scene, I keep meaning to. Maybe I will remember next year! x

  2. this is a lovely way to introduce children to the story of Christmas, by reading about it. For us, Christmas is about family time rather than the religious aspect and so we haven’t discussed the Christmas story with him but i think it is lovely that you have. #WeekendBlogHop

  3. This book looks lovely. All the Christmas books I’ve seen so far this year are about Santa bringing presents or similar. I’d love to have a nativity story for S. Must keep looking! Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop!

  4. A lovely post….the book looks lovely.
    We have a nativity story, that we read to our daughter through the Christmas period, not as nice as yours, but it does the job….I like to add my own bits in as I go….for instance, ‘although we celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas day, it wasn’t actually the day he was born, in truth he was most likely born in the spring, around March time (as lambing was happening at the time)’- I like that these little snippets, encourage curiosity/questions/discussion 🙂

    I enjoyed this post, Thank you!

    Kimmie x

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