and Christmas: A roundtable discussion
the year PE staffers have the privilege
of interviewing some of the most fascinating and
influential Christians. From lawmakers to newsmakers,
from authors to singers, you’ve seen many
famous faces on our popular “Conversation”
page. This week we thought we’d do something
a little different. We gathered together some of
the most interesting people we know: our kids. Our
Christmas cuties came together for a morning of
cookie decorating and a roundtable discussion about
Christmas. We hope you enjoy their thoughts as much
as we did.
What is Christmas?
It’s God’s birthday.
It’s Jesus’ birthday.
it’s when Santa Claus comes to our house and
brings us presents.
It’s because Jesus was born. But He isn’t
born every Christmas. He was just born once a long
time ago. We just celebrate it at Christmas.
What is the Christmas spirit?
A lot of things give me the Christmas spirit, like
my mom and dad and my church and my pets and God
and presents and lights and decorations.
It means you’re happy and joyful and very
loving. And it means you’ve got Jesus in your
heart if you’re a Christian. You’re
not greedy, at least not on that day. When you get
older, you have the Christmas spirit.
So you don’t think kids have the Christmas
Not all kids. A lot of kids are greedy.
And they don’t
like the presents that they get. They whine about
it and say, “I didn’t want this for
What does it mean to be greedy?
When you want
a lot of stuff.
already got a lot of stuff.
Where do you think presents come from?
and Callie: Santa!
the presents. He has elves to help him.
I think they come from a factory.
Some presents are from God. Like the present of
love and the present of joy and the present of babies.
mom buys some presents, but she doesn’t get
much. Santa brings more than a few and that’s
why Santa is so special. He knows how to do it the
best because that’s his job.
Our presents come from our mom and dad and our whole
family. Maybe sometimes from Santa, but sometimes
I think it’s my mom and dad putting the presents
in the stockings.
It’s funny — my mom goes shopping a
few weeks before. But she always says she has to
go grocery shopping.
What’s the best Christmas present you’ve
A Sponge Bob
Man, there’s just so many. I can’t choose!
princess vacuum. I help my mom clean with it.
A Barbie boat. But I tried to see if it would float
and it sank.
like the trampoline we got for an early present.
A remote-control car.
Did you know that we give each other presents
because Jesus was given presents when He was born?
Do you know what they were?
He probably got prayers.
He got perfume and gold and … I forgot the
last thing. I need to read the Bible some more.
What if you could give a present to Jesus today.
What would you give Him?
A bowling ball. When it’s raining, He could
use the bowling ball to make thunder.
Christmas lights. If He couldn’t figure out
how they worked, then He could use them as a rope.
I would give Him love. Love and a magazine to read.
I would give Him my prayers. I think He would feel
happy about that.
would give Him a new song for the angel choir.
A hug, a kiss and perfume and gold. Or maybe just
I would give Him ornaments for His Christmas tree.
Why is it important to celebrate Christmas?
believe in God.
Jesus wants us to be happy because He saved us from
being sad. Jesus heals us and He knows we’re
and He wants us to have a lot of presents.
should celebrate His birthday because He’s
done a lot of things for us.
Would you be willing to give all of your Christmas
presents to a child who didn’t have any presents
I would! Because
kids who don’t have any presents are very
Some people in Africa don’t have any presents
or candy or food.
We should give what we can so no child feels lonely
If they have no money, I’ll give my best present
to them. If they like it, they can keep it forever.
I would give all my presents away.
Now think about that — you wouldn’t
have any presents left for yourself. Are you sure
that would be OK?
No … I guess I would give some of my presents
I would give away two of my best presents and three
of my not-so-best presents.
Maybe we could give away things we don’t play
We would like you to tell us the Christmas story
now. Each of you take one piece of this nativity
and tell about that piece.
This is the stable, the most important thing about
the story because Mary and Joseph probably went
to 25 or 26 hotels and the rates were all too high,
so they went to the last hotel and all they had
left was a stable. And this is the star on top.
Without that, the three kings wouldn’t have
been able to find Jesus and bring their really cool
This is Joseph. He asked people at the inn if he
could just stay there for one night. I don’t
remember anything else.
There would have been more room if Joseph would
scoot over. In his brain he thinked and thinked
about how to make more room. And then he scooted
over. Because they also needed room for a donkey.
This is a camel. The camel slept in the stable.
I have Mary. She’s sitting on a piece of hay.
She rode on the camel to Jerusalem and had Jesus.
I’ve got the manger. This is where Baby Jesus
slept when He was born. Everybody was praying and
watching Him and giving Him presents.
have Baby Jesus. He was born and then the bad soldiers
cut up His body. But now He’s alive. He died
on a cross for our sins and now He loves us.
This is a sheep. This sheep looked at Baby Jesus.
It watched for two hours and then it went to sleep.
What do grown-ups need to know about kids at Christmas?
What they want for presents and that they love their
You should be kind to your kids. You should be responsible
and not lose them.
grown-ups should know that kids want to have fun,
but they also want to know about Jesus. Kids are
caring and lovable, and if we didn’t have
kids, we wouldn’t have people.
Does anybody have anything else to say?
your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.