I’m Bored with Christmas

This past Sunday we started our focus on Christmas and tried to stress the importance of giving instead of getting to our Sunday School class children.  I told the students how we would be focusing on different characters in the Christmas story over the next few weeks.  All I got back were blank stares that I read as, “I’m bored with the Christmas story and baby Jesus.  I’ve heard it all before.” I wonder how one of the most transformational and earth shattering story of God incarnating himself became boring.

I was a pastor’s kid growing up so I was the worst at being bored with the Christmas story.  I hated that my dad would read the Christmas story on Christmas morning before we could open the presents.  All I could think about was what was under the tree.  Tomorrow I am meeting with our Children’s Ministry staff and my big question is, “How do we regain the excitement and wonder that the shepherds, wise men and Mary had that first Christmas?”

What do you all think?  How have we become bored with Christmas and lost the wonder and excitement that was present at the birth of Christ?  How has this story lost the original earth shattering message of hope, joy and salvation?  How do we help our children experience what it was like when Jesus was born?


About joelnewton

I am a husband to Hillary, a father to Anna and Norah

Posted on November 29, 2010, in Children's Ministry, Family Strategies and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Right on Joel. This is such a powerful observation. It has helped me to study the Second Temple Period (400 BC-4 BC or so). I don’t know how much you covered of this while in seminary, but I’d be happy to share some of that with you. Once you get into the heads of the people of that time, I think it’s a lot easier to understand why Jesus threw them for a loop.

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