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Christmas Story

Over 2000 years ago, God was pleased by the faithfulness of a young woman named Mary. He chose her to be the mother of his Son. God sent an angel to deliver His news to Mary. Although she was afraid, Mary loved and trusted God, she agreed to carry the Son of God.

Mary was engaged to a man named Joseph. Joseph became concerned that Mary was expecting a baby before their marriage. He wondered if he should marry her. One night, an angel appeared in Joseph’s dream and explained that Mary had been chosen by God. The angel also told Joseph that the baby would be named Jesus and would be the Savior of people. Joseph followed the instructions of the angel and married Mary.

During this time, the Emperor ordered everyone to return to the town of their birth to register for the census. Mary and Joseph had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem. There were so many people who had travelled to Bethlehem for the census, that the only place they could find to stay was in a stable. Mary gave birth in the stable and made a bed for the baby Jesus in a manger, which was used to feed animals hay.

Outside of Bethlehem, angels appeared to shepherds tending to their sheep and told them that a Savior had been born. The shepherds found Jesus and told everyone about Him. They also praised God for the Savior. A new star also appeared in the sky. Wise Men in faraway lands saw the star. They had studied the stars and had read in old writings that a new star would appear when a great king was born.

The Wise Men followed the star in search of the new king. King Herod became angry at the idea that there might be a new king to take his place. Herod sent for the Wise Men and told them to tell him how to find the new King, so that he can worship him. The Wise Men continued to follow the star. It seemed to shine directly on the stable where Jesus was born.

The Wise Men entered the stable where they found Jesus with Mary. They bowed down and worshipped him and placed the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh before Jesus. The Wise Men were warned by God in a dream not to go back to Herod. They decided to return home a different way.

When the Wise Men had gone, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Jesus and Mary to Egypt to escape Herod. They followed God’s instructions and remained there until Herod died. Shortly after they left, Herod realized he had been tricked by the Wise Men and he was angry. Herod gave orders to kill all the boys aged two or younger in Bethlehem and the surrounding area.

Upon Herod’s death, Joseph had another dream in which an angel appeared to him. The angel told Joseph to return to Israel with his family. When Joseph heard that Herod’s son was the king of Judea, Joseph chose not to go there. Instead, they went to Galilee and lived in their old town of Nazareth.

Fun Fact:

If you received all the gifts in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas, you would receive 364 gifts.

 

 

 Christmas Riddles:

Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing?

  • They always drop their needles!

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

  • Frostbite!

What is green, covered in tinsel and says ‘ribbit ribbit”?

  • A mistle-toad!

 

Christmas Snack

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup sugar
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Chex™ cereal
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chex™ cereal
  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  •  1 cup butter or margarine

Steps

  1. In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon; set aside. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals and popcorn.
  2. In 1-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated.
  3. Microwave uncovered on High 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Sprinkle half of the sugar mixture evenly over cereal mixture; stir. Sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture; stir. Microwave 1 minute longer. Spread on waxed paper or paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.
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