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by Rev. Nani Arning

At Sunrise Preschool, where I teach music in the weekday program, we’ve just shared our Christmas program, “Christmas In Our Jammies” (www.cathysmusic.com) with family and friends. I only see each class once a week for 20 minutes, so we started learning the songs the first of October.

Included in our weekly class, I shared the Christmas story each week from a different author and illustrator. It was really a fascinating experience this year. Even though we read the “same” story, each book had different illustrations and a little different take, it was like a new story every week! As you can imagine, there were comments on every book. After the first couple of weeks, it was clear I needed to have paper and pen to write down the comments.

These precious 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds brought some great comments and questions to the books and conversation. So I share a few with you to ponder in these next few days.

“I wonder what the baby will look like.”
“It’s the Christmas baby!”
“He looks like a regular baby!”
“Hay isn’t soft.”
“Did they take all the sheep with them?”
“Maybe Goliath was trying to take the sheep.”
“What do you mean ‘all around the world?’ That’s a lot!”

One of the joys for me is knowing the children took to heart the story they were hearing and totally understanding what they were singing about. The joy, wonder and pondering the children brought to the hearing and singing of the Christmas story brings me to pause and remember once again why we celebrate the birth of this beautiful, precious gift to the world.

Blessings, joy and wonder to each of you as we draw near to the Christ Child.

One thought on “Preschool Ponderings on the Christmas Story

  1. When my granddaughter was 2 or 3 and very imaginative, I overheard her in the living room playing with the nativity set. All of a sudden her voice raised a bit and she said in a very stern tone, “Get that cow out of here, can’t you see we have a baby in here.” This grandma just giggled from the next room, and just this afternoon I overheard this same grandaughter, now 19, practicing a song she will sing for the Christmas eve services. The title is “Mary Did You Know”. This grandmas is pretty proud.

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