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Pressing Pause: A Collection of Christmas Story Resources

Posted by Miriam Knight on

The swirl of family visits, traditions, Christmas morning breakfasts, and opening presents is full of fun, delight, and some stress, too! It can be difficult to catch our breath and remember why we’re celebrating in the first place.

Ground yourself in God’s story this Christmas. Press pause in the midst of your celebrations to pay attention to God’s grandest gesture--coming to be with you and your family, the ones he loves.

We found you the best list of Jesus’ birth story told in books, videos, and readings to help you facilitate a moment of meaning for your family this Christmas weekend.

This moment doesn’t have to be long or deep with a meaning speech, or without kids running around hyped up on sugar and anticipation of presents.Make this work for you because there’s no right way. The invitation is simply to take a moment to connect with God by remembering the reason we celebrate at all, Jesus’ birth.

Ready? Here we go!

Read a book (or watch it on Youtube).

Sally Lloyd-Jones, our favorite Jesus Storybook Bible author, is always a go-to. For your toddler and young preschooler, here’s her board book. In delightful The Song of the Stars, Sally captures the significance of Christ’s birth for all of creation. You could purchase it an electronic version if you’re in a time crunch or watch the story on video for free. And of course, you can always read the birth story in The Jesus Storybook Bible on page 76 or watch it here.

This is a classic retelling of Jesus’ birth, and also comes in a beautiful pop-up book edition.

The Christmas Promise situates Jesus’ birth in the bigger story of God’s plan to send a rescuing King.

For Christ’s birth from a different perspective, read The Littlest Watchman. This is a good one to read before opening presents. The opening line is: “Have you ever had to wait for a special gift? Maybe right now there’s a beautifully wrapped present sitting under your Christmas tree, almost calling out to you with the promise of something wonderful inside.”

Queue up a video!

Crossroads Church has produced several kid-friendly videos. This one and this one are kid-friendly and offer solid context for Jesus’ birth. Have a toddler or young preschooler? They created one for you.

The Bible Society produced this one from the perspective of the Shepherds, good for older preschool and younger elementary.

For older elementary kids and teenagers (and adults!), The Bible Project created an excellent animation of Luke 1-2, that includes the events before and after Jesus’ birth. The Paper Nativity is creative and clear, emphasizing the adventure in the Christmas story. And there’s a version in Spanish! Here’s a live-action version by The Skit Guys.

This video is a large-scale painting and voice retelling geared towards teens.

Don’t miss this spoken word, called “The Gift,” with the refrain, “Without Jesus, what would Christmas be?” Or this one paired with the song O Holy Night. This one by Kentreel Skeens is great, too!  

Want an artistic expression? Here you go: A pen on paper drawing or sketch, both set to music and one in sand art. Here’s the story in 50 words. Do you have a LEGO lover? Watch this one. For kids telling the story, check out this one from New Zealand and this one from Urban Impact Pittsburgh.  

Get the whole family involved! Retell the story together.

Print off this Luke 2 translation from the Voice translation, which is written like a play, and assign each member of your family a part to read.

This short reader’s theater version for three voices compiles Scriptures from John, Revelation, and Luke to proclaim the Christmas story.

However you choose to enter into the Christmas story this weekend with your family, may it be full of intention, strong with connection, and wrapped in Christ’s love.

*Photo from Sally Loyd-Jones  "Song of the Stars"


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