These reflections are designed to be done around the diner table, or even at bedtime. However, they can easily be adapted for small group discussions and reflection. However, you engage – let your heart adore Christ!
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
- Luke 2:1-7
Can you imagine what the journey to Bethlehem was like for Mary and Joseph? Consider this: A comparable trip would be for your parents to hike from Knoxville to the middle of the Smoky Mountains at Clingmans Dome by foot with a donkey. Pull up a Google map to see what this would look like.
SONG: As a family, sing or listen to “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Take a few moments to explain some of the words and themes of the song.
ACTIVITY: Take your family for a walk in the neighborhood. Ask the kids what they think Mary and Joseph talked about on the way to Bethlehem. Bring a few Candy Canes and tape with you. Tape some to your neighbor’s mailboxes as you walk.
PRAYER: Take turns thanking God for something special you’ve experienced this Advent season.