December 2018 Editor’s Notes

Hello, First Look Friends!

Happy birthday, Jesus! Yes, we know that Christmas is all about Jesus’ birthday, but do your preschoolers know? It will be a new idea to some of them. We have the best jobs in the world because we get to share with preschoolers for the first time that Christmas is all about Jesus’ birthday! Jesus has a birthday? Yep, He sure does! And, we are going to celebrate it BIG!

We also want our preschoolers to know that the reason we celebrate Jesus’ birthday is because Jesus is God’s Son. God’s Son deserves a celebration as big as Christmas and a birthday bash as big as the one we’re going to give Him this month! He is that special! 

We will begin week one with the angel telling Mary she is going to have a very special baby. Wow! What a day that must have been!

Week two we will follow Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem. There, in a stable, God’s only Son was born.

Week three we will hear about the most amazing birth announcement EVER as the angels go and tell shepherds nearby that Jesus has been born! You won’t find anything to top that on Pinterest!

Week four is party time! We will sing happy birthday to Jesus and celebrate in such a super fun way that our preschoolers will know:

  1. It’s Jesus’ birthday
  2. We celebrate Jesus because He is God’s Son and . . .
  3. Christmas is all about JESUS’ birthday!

Week five we will wrap up the big birthday bash with a visit from some wise men. They follow a star a very long way just to worship Jesus. Hey, they knew Jesus is special!

So, gather up all the birthday celebration you can and prepare to party all month long! It’s not just balloons and party hats. We are sharing the true story that God gave us His only Son, Jesus, and HE is worth celebrating!

We have a few Christmas Extras for you this month to help you as you prepare to enter into the busy season. If you are a subscriber to the Premium Tier, you can find these in the Groups Section. It is the fourth file down. If you subscribe to the Starter Tier, you can find them in Week One’s file. Included in your Christmas Extras are:

  1. An additional lesson for Christmas Eve
  2. An animated reading of the “Christmas Story” by Autumn Ward
  3. A printable to use to celebrate your volunteers
  4. Materials and directions for creating Happy Birthday Jesus party bags
  5. Art you can use to create a nativity scene in your environment

Be sure to look at your Christmas Extras soon so you can determine how you can use them in your environment.

Manny and Poppy are celebrating Christmas in the clubhouse and getting ready for a Birthday Bash of their own. You can find their stories on the Wonder! DVD this month. The DVD is available at The Orange Store, and you can even sign up for a monthly subscription. Use this DVD to supplement a live Storyteller and/or Host for the Story section of the curriculum. In addition, the Wonder! videos are available in the monthly media package.

December’s Preview Video is available in the December download­—it is located in the week one Prelude file. If you’d like to embed the video into your church blog, we have it available on Vimeo.Feel free to share the vision with everyone!

Our team will be praying for you to have moments filled with wonder as you give preschoolers a “first look” at the God who made them, loves them, and wants to be their friend forever.

Kathy Hill
Director of Preschool Curriculum
The reThink Group

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