What we are learning:
It’s Christmas! Nativity scenes are everywhere. You know, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels, and the drummer boy (who wasn’t actually there). Maybe you grew up seeing these scenes and wondered what they were all about. Or maybe you’ve heard the story a million times. Either way, there’s another story we bet you haven’t heard, characters you barely know, scenes you don’t see in the plastic nativity on your neighbor’s lawn. As we explore two often-untold parts of the Christmas story, we discover that God had something bigger in mind from the very beginning. And, just as it was true for those at the first Christmas, He may just have a bigger story in mind for us as well.

Starting a conversation:
How can you celebrate God’s story during your Christmas traditions? Here are some ideas:
1) Ask your teenager to tell you how God is a light in the darkness while you hang lights and start a conversation about His light on earth.
2) Sit down as a family and read the original Christmas story (Luke 2:1-20).
3) Do you have any special ornaments or decorations that relate to the nativity or God? Do your students know their meaning? Can you pick one out together as a reminder that God’s story is the best gift of all?

Also, here is a more in-depth parent guide from The reThink Group: