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December 15 – Star

The symbol of the Christmas Star has been around as long as the Christmas story of the Nativity.  The star symbol is used to remind us of the Star of Bethlehem that led the way of the Kings (Wise Men) to the place of Jesus’ birth.  Stars also remind us of a starry night sky when the Angels announced the birth of Jesus to the Shepherds.  In the Bible, Jesus also calls himself the morning star in Revelation 22:16…”It is I, Jesus… I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”  And so a star was sent to mark the place where The Morning Star was born.

Remember when you look at the starry night this season and see stars on trees and decorations everywhere that Jesus is the Star of Christmas, Jesus is the one we celebrate.  He is the one who came to bring us light and lead the way to our home with God in heaven.

With Children:  Hang the 15th tag and a star.  Look at the stars at night and remember that God sent a star to lead us to him – that star is Jesus.  Make some stars and hang them around the house.  Use glow in the dark stars if you have them and put them in your rooms.  (Idea for Christmas morning… make a glow in the dark star path to your nativity and/or Christmas tree.)

With Teens:  follow the link and learn more about the stars at the time of Jesus’ birth.  What do you think about this information?  http://www.celebratingholidays.com/?page_id=1592