Jesus Tree Video
Last Year my Sunday School class went to a kid’s shelter for the second year in a row, and presented “Why We Celebrate Christmas” to them. We also provided dinner, free books of “Why We Celebrate Christmas”, crayons to color them, and we all had a great time ministering to the children. The costumes were loaned to us by our church. As usual with these kinds of events we got more blessed than the kids. This is an event that one or several people can put on. You can print out the ornaments in black and white plus the book and give them to the children to color later. You don’t need to make a major production out of this just have fun. Like I said, one person can do it or several. At home with your family, at church, or wherever the message can be shared, just make sure you include JESUS!
It was now obvious to him that people did not want to hear from him any more than they wanted to hear from the baby Jesus. He wondered if the cross had any purpose or value to it today or if it was just another ornament. But, if it did have purpose or value, then shouldn’t it be shared? Perhaps the cross has lost its meaning in today’s pop culture just like everything and everyone else. However, shouldn’t Christians believe that they know something about the cross that others don’t? He could understand the young mother’s position if he had been asking her about how much money she makes. That is personal, but your faith? Is that really something meant just to be personal?
What he did not understand was why such strong hostility was directed toward him by the mother if she was a Christian. Why should the most important person to a Christian not be shared with his or her own child? They are their children, not the world’s. And, if Christians don’t teach them what to believe in, then who will, the world? What would the world teach them to believe in? He knew the answer. A make-believe story designed so that the sellers of Christmas could profit, a universal deception.
Then it occurred to him that he was not a Christian, so why should he care? He wasn’t sure that he did, but it made him wonder what it was that he taught his son about Christmas or anything else spiritual, for that matter. The answer was nothing. He did not believe in Jesus or Santa Claus. Yet he was certain of two things. If you excluded Jesus from your child’s Christmas, no one would care, because they would consider that your business. But if you suggested that you did not let your children believe in Santa Claus, they would consider it their business, ask “How dare you?” and accuse you of being a child abuser.
The Jesus Tree Ornaments, Chapter 3, page 47.