A Post-Christmas Christmas Lesson

by | Dec. 26, 2009

Lesson Helps

Dec 20th was a snow-out here in New England, so the Christmas program and all the lessons got postponed to the next week. There was going to be a combined lesson with all three classes last week on the 20th (so I didn't prepare a Christmas lesson), but that leader is out of town this week, so now I am doing a class lesson about Christmas, but 2 days after the day itself. So I got one of those middle-of-night inspiration moments; and I thought I'd share my lesson with you - a Christmas gift from me to you.

Opener: The usual question after Christmas is "What did YOU get for Christmas?"

Using President Monson's 1995 article, "Christmas Gifts, Christmas Blessings" I am going to ask instead, What did you GIVE for Christmas?

Discussion: Gifts of the Magi

Who were the Magi, often called the Three Kings? It's appropriate to talk about them after Christmas since it took them a while to get there, they weren't there at the night in Bethlehem when he was born (your nativity set notwithstanding). In other Christian traditions, the day that the Magi arrived is celebrated on January 6, as Twelfth Night or Epiphany.

Discuss cool double meaning for that word, by the way. Random House Dictionary definition = 1) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day. 2) an appearance or manifestation, esp. of a deity. 3) a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. The root word for Magi is the same as magic/magical, also.

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