The Best Part of Christmas

 

“Twenty-one… Twenty-two… Twenty-three…” Easton counted the presents under the tree. “Daddy, I can’t wait for Christmas.”

 

“I can tell you’re getting excited.” Daddy spread peanut butter on a slice of bread. “Before you eat your snack, can you tell me what you love most about Christmas?”

 

“I love everything—the decorations… the presents… Santa Claus…” Easton gave Daddy a bright smile. “Christmas is my most favorite time of the year.”

 

Daddy handed Easton his snack. “Sounds as if you have lots of favorite parts, but you didn’t mention the most important part of Christmas.”

 

Easton pinched off a piece of his sandwich. “I forgot to say anything about Jesus, didn’t I?”

 

“Don’t feel bad.” Daddy squeezed Easton’s shoulder. “Lots of people forget the real reason for Christmas, but I’m glad you’re remembering Jesus now.”

 

“My Sunday school teacher says we should always remember Jesus is the reason for the season.” Easton cupped his face between his fingertips and sighed. “I’ve got to do a better job remembering that Christmas isn’t just about presents and Santa Claus.”

 

Daddy slowly sipped his coffee. “What do you think makes Christmas so special?”

 

Easton was puzzled. “Well, I know it’s Jesus’ birthday.”

 

“That’s right,” Daddy nodded. “How do you feel about your birthday?”

 

“Next to Christmas, it’s my next most favorite day of the year!” Easton’s smile grew. “I really get excited when my birthday comes.”

 

Daddy held up a box of birthday candles. “Your friends and family take the time to let you know just how special you are. They even light the candles on your birthday cake.”

 

A broad smile spread across Easton’s face.

 

“But how would you feel if no one remembered your birthday?” Daddy stuffed the box of candles in his pocket.

 

Easton’s face fell. “Not good at all.”

 

“Can you imagine how Jesus feels when we celebrate Christmas with toys, reindeer, and snowmen, but we ignore Him? And that’s not even the worst part.”

 

“What could be worse than that?” Easton moaned.

 

Daddy’s moist eyes glistened. “Jesus came to be born not just in a stable, but in our hearts. Without Jesus on the inside, nothing on the outside will make us happy.”

 

“How can Jesus come into my heart?” Easton patted his chest.

 

“Let me ask you another question. How would you feel if you wrapped a very special present for me, but I never opened it?”

 

“I would feel very sad and think you didn’t care,” Easton’s voice quivered.

 

“God the Father sent Jesus as a Baby to Bethlehem so He could come into our hearts. He wrapped Him in swaddling clothes as a Gift for the whole world—and that includes you.” Daddy gently tousled Easton’s hair. “The real reason for Christmas is that we need a Savior who can save us from our sins. Can you remember the last time you did something wrong?”

 

Easton stared at his shoes. “Do we have to talk about that?”

 

Daddy lifted Easton’s chin until their eyes met. “Yes, we are busy trying to be happy, but if we don’t understand that Jesus became a baby so He could grow up and die on the cross for our sins, we miss the best part of Christmas.”

 

“I think I understand. We can’t be happy if we have sin in our hearts. Jesus wants to forgive us.” Easton sat up straighter.

 

“That’s right. But if we don’t confess our sins to Him, He can’t help us. He is the Gift, but if we don’t open the Gift, Christmas loses its meaning.” Daddy paused and then asked, “Have you ever asked Jesus to forgive you and invited Him to come into your heart?”

 

“No, but I don’t want another Christmas to go by and miss Jesus—the best Christmas Gift ever. Will you help me pray?”

 

“I’d be glad to,” Daddy answered.

 

 

Prayer

Have you accepted God’s Gift to you? Just say, “Dear Jesus, I am very sorry for my sins. Please forgive me. Come into my heart. Thank You for dying for me and giving me a home in heaven.”

 

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12 NIV)

 

 

 

Parents

This Christmas story for Kids is intended to help children understand what it means to be a follower of Christ.

 

The links below are provided to assist you to better understand some possible next steps for your child and your family.

 

 

 

 

 

Steps to Committing Your Life to Christ

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Acknowledge

that you have failed and have done wrong, against both God and others.

 

 

 

Commit

to following Christ and being in relationship with Him, and ask Him to lead you through the rest of your life.

Believe

that Christ came to set you free from sin. By dying on the cross, he suffered the penalty of sin on your behalf—the ultimate act of love.

 

Find

a good church and easy-to-read Bible.

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Next Steps Are Extremely Important

If you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heartthat God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.Romans 10:9

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