Christmas Carols and Family Devotions
This year for our family devotions we’ve been reading stories that relate to popular Christmas Carols. It’s been a fun a different bedtime routine! Here are some of our favorites:
O Come O Come Emmanuel
We read Operation No More Tears from the Jesus Storybook Bible. I like how it talks about the Old Testament prophesies about Jesus, and how it explains the meaning of the word Emmanuel (God with us).
Next we listened to the song and talked about how the words related to what we had just read. It’s a song I’ve always liked, with it’s minor key along with the word’s “rejoice, rejoice”.
The Little Drummer Boy
We read The Little Drummer Mouse by Mercer Mayer’s. This sweet story about a little mouse who is always left behind reminds us that things don’t have to be big or important in order to make Jesus smile. When we read fiction accounts of the Christmas story we always point out the differences between what the Bible says and what’s in the story, but we still think they are fun to read.
We listened to a sing-a-long version of The Little Drummer Boy and a very fun Pentatonix version.
O Holy Night
Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones. This beautifully illustrated book is by the same author as the Jesus Storybook Bible. It tells the story of animals and even the earth itself longing for its savior!
Hopefully you are not in the same situation that we are in – my husband played the kids this really horrible terrible version of the song and now they will definitely not listen to the real one with any kind of seriousness. I love the words though. “Long lay the world in sin and error pining!”. Here’s a video with some Christmas story images along with it.
Angles We Have Heard on High
If you don’t have a copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible, you can watch a chapter about Jesus’ birth right here! I love the part about the angels. You can check out my previous post about the song Angels We Have Heard on High – I even teach sign language for it!
Of course you’ll want to listen to a version that has the words along with the song, but this video of the piano guys is so much fun. My kids love it!
Mary Did You Know?
While not a traditional carol, my husband I both love this song. After reading the book The Child in the Manger, a pretty simple storybook about the both of Jesus, we listened to this song about what Jesus’ mother may have been thinking when he was born.
For more great Christmas books, check out Tiffany’s post with 25 great books! You can easily math up a favorite Christmas carol to whatever book you read. I’ve really enjoyed sitting with my family, snuggled on the couch, listening to the voices of my children singing these songs. I hope your family will find many stories and songs that will make your Christmas special and memorable.