They saw the child with his mother Mary. Then they opened their treasure chests and offered him gifts. ~ Matthew 2:11
Christmas is the big holiday in the month of December—maybe even the biggest holiday of the whole year. The word “holiday” comes from a word that means “holy day.” Holy means set apart for God.
What do you and your family do to get ready for Christmas? Decorate the house? Buy presents for family and friends? Bake cookies? It’s a fun and busy time. Sometimes we’re so busy with all the excitement and decorating that Jesus gets pushed into the hall closet! Since it’s his birthday, we surely don’t want to forget about him on this special day.
How do you and your family keep Christmas holy? How do you remember Jesus in all the fun and excitement? Maybe you set up a nativity set with a little barn and animals and shepherds and the baby Jesus. You might sing songs about Jesus and the shepherds and the angels or color some special pictures. Maybe you can be part of a program at your church or Sunday school. If you have some friends who don’t go to church, Christmas is the perfect time to invite them to go to church with you.
You could even make a birthday cake and invite your friends to a party for Jesus. You might not be able to wrap a present for Jesus, but you can give him your love.
What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part,—
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.
(by Christina Rossetti)