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Why Does Joseph Have His Shirt Off?

Last year we started a Christmas tradition of watching “The Nativity Story” together as a family. Our oldest daughter, Anna, who is in kindergarten is old enough to be inquisitive about everything she watches.  She doesn’t act interested when we read the Christmas story but when she watches it on TV, she pays attention.  Last night as we watched the movie she had a lot of great questions that led to great discussions.  Here is a glimpse at some of the conversations:

  • Why were the people in the town mad at Mary because she was pregnant?
  • Why did Joseph have his shirt off when he was sleeping?
  • Why doesn’t the angel have wings?
  • We talked about how Joseph wasn’t the real father of Jesus and how it was a miracle.  This almost went into “the talk” but I breezed around it.  I’m not quite ready for that one yet.
  • Anna made the connection between Zechariah and Elizabeth having a baby in old age and Abraham and Sarah having a baby in old age.
  • Anna also made a connection between Herod killing the babies and Pharaoh killing the babies when Moses was born.

I would definitely recommend watching this movie as a family this Christmas.  It is one “Christian” movie that I think is well done and accurately portrays some of the realities of Christ’s birth.  For kids that grow up in the church, it can make the story come alive in a way they have not seen before. This movie can definitely lead to some great conversations with our children.



Celebrating Advent as a Family

This December our church is providing some great resources for families to celebrate Advent together.  We are preparing an Advent devotional available through email and have some great Advent readings and activities for families. The readings and activities follow the ideas of Advent Conspiracy. This upcoming Sunday we have Advent candles and a holder for families to purchase as part of this tradition.  You can check out the Advent readings here (1st Pres families don’t worry about printing this out. We will have them available on Sunday.):

Advent Readings and Activities

We have also included some great Advent Conspiracy family activities from Imago Dei in Oregon here.  Hillary and I excited to do these activities as a family and do the Advent readings each night at dinner.