It is easy to get so caught up in the “busyness” of Christmas and forget to take the time to sit down with children and explain why we have the observance. In addition, some adults feel incapable of coming up with the right words and explaining its meaning so children will understand. Here is a suggested way to tell children the basics of what all should know about Christmas. It may be told in one’s own words or simply read to children.

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When the world was created, Jesus was with God. Jesus is God’s son. God made Adam and Eve and they began to have children. Soon there were many people on earth and God told the people what he wanted them to do to worship him. He gave the Ten Commandments. He also required them to sacrifice animals to him.

The people sinned a lot. They did not follow the instructions God had given them. God decided to send his only son, Jesus, to earth to live with people and teach them the right way to live. John 3:16 in the Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Jesus came as a little baby. He was born in a stable because there was no room for Mary, his mother, and Joseph, His earthly father, anyplace else. Christmas is for celebrating the birthday of Jesus.

God sent angels to shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus. When Jesus was about two years old, some wise men saw a strange star and followed it to Jesus. They took gold, frankincense, and myrrh as gifts to him. On the way, they stopped to see King Herod who was jealous of Jesus because he had heard that Jesus was going to be a king. He wanted to kill Jesus, so he asked the wise men to come back and tell him where Jesus was. They didn’t do it. Herod ordered all little boys under the age of two killed. Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Egypt to protect him.

When the danger was over, Joseph and Mary went home. Jesus grew up helping Joseph in Joseph’s carpenter’s shop. When He was about twelve years old, he was teaching in the temple. When he was about 30 years old, he began his ministry. He told many stories to teach us the right way to live, and he healed many people. When he was about 33 years old, some people got angry with him and decided to try to do away with him. He was crucified on a cross. After three days, he came back alive. We celebrate Easter to remember his crucifixion and his coming back to life. Jesus was the last sacrifice and people didn’t have to sacrifice animals any more.

Jesus stayed on earth for a while; then, he went up to heaven. He is still alive and wants us all to believe in him and be saved. If we truly believe in him, are really sorry for our sins, and ask him to save us, he will send the Holy Spirit into our hearts, and when we die, we can live with him forever in heaven.