By Anne Metz
Teaching CCD for the past few years, I’ve encountered more than a few young children who had no idea that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday. It’s easy to see how this can happen. So much of what they are exposed to focuses on just the secular aspects of Christmas: the presents, the tree, the movies, commercials, and Elf on the Shelf, just to name a few.
If that is all they are seeing and hearing about Christmas, of course that will be their understanding of it. None of those things are inherently bad, but they don’t teach kids that Jesus is the reason for the season. So it’s up to us as parents to make that clear to them.
The good news is, this is not as difficult as you may think. In fact, you can keep on doing what you normally do for Christmas while highlighting Jesus’ birth. Here’s how:
By Desiree Hausum
Christmas is going to look different this year. (It’s 2020, after all.)
But, a pandemic can’t stop Christmas.
It can’t stop the Incarnation of Jesus. It can’t stop the love of God for the world, and it cannot stop the songs of the redeemed. In some ways, the kind of sufferings that we have endured just make those songs that much stronger and sweeter. So while we may not be able to gather for Christmas dinner, or pack out the pews for midnight Mass, there are still a lot of ways that we can celebrate!