This post was originally published in December 2013. The Studying the Birth of Jesus Scripture Reading packet has been updated for the 2020 Christmas Season. Please download it and enjoy with your family! The original post remains the same except where noted.
My children and I are keeping it simple this Christmas Season. We are simply reading from God’s Word each day—no big Advent crafts or daily Jesse tree ornaments to make—just basic reading from Scripture about the details surrounding Christ’s birth.
In past years, we have done a daily advent craft or completed a daily hands-on activity, and I am sure we’ll do those types of things in years to come.
But this Christmas Season needed to be a bit more simple for my family.
And nothing is more basic – or more important to us – than reading God’s Word.
♥ Make sure you download the Names of Jesus copywork to go along with this study of Christ’s birth!
Our Bible Reading Schedule During December
Each day of December, my children and I will read one (or more) of our Names of Jesus and the verse where the name is recorded. We talk it over if it’s more unfamiliar or if one of us has fresh eyes to see something new about the name.
Then, we’ll read our day’s Scripture passage. Actually, I’ll probably read it aloud twice so we can fully hear and understand each sentence. I usually read at least once in the ESV and once in the Amplified.
But you certainly read any version that you deem fit.
Lastly, we’ll go over each of the questions listed on each day. Some of the answers are easy to come up with and some are more thought-provoking.
Because we do Bible Study time together as a family at the beginning of our homeschool day, all of my children are involved in the question and answer session – from age 3 up to my oldest, age 8 1/2.
Note: We still do our Bible time exactly the same 7 years later! And those same sweet kiddos are now 15, 13, 11, 10, and the 3 year old who hadn’t been dreamed of when I originally wrote this post. ❤
Directions for Using This Bible Reading Schedule to Study Christ’s Birth
I created this Reading Schedule for my own family because I just couldn’t find exactly what I wanted online.
I’d be thrilled if you choose to download this schedule with accompanying questions and use it with your own children as well.
After downloading, you can print the pages and make yourself a small booklet or you can read straight from your mobile device or laptop – whichever is easiest for you.
The beginning days are short, so you could double up on those if needed.
Whatever you do, take the time to linger over God’s Word this Christmas Season.
Refuse to be rushed.
Read the day’s passage more than once and go over each sentence with your children. Spend lots of time talking about the tiniest of details and why they would be important.
Such wonderful conversations with our children are waiting for us!
Many Blessings to you this Christmas Season!
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