A 4-Week Unit On the Christmas Stories You Haven't Heard Often
**Note Week 4 is a Christmas Party and not a traditional lesson
(Part of our Crossroads 7th-12th Grade Curriculum)
Suggested Calendar: December 5-26
Most of us know the Nativity story by heart. We know the manger scene, the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, and of course baby Jesus. But there are parts of the Christmas story that are typically not told. They have zero Christmas songs about them, and they are far less popular than the little drummer boy (who, by the way, is completely fictional).
This month we will explore these lesser-told stories in hopes that our teens will get a newer appreciation of what the Christmas season is all about. We will hear about Christmas through the eyes of Ss. Joachim and Anna, through the eyes of St. Joseph, and through the eyes of the prophets Simeon and Anna, who recognized baby Jesus as the Messiah the first moment they saw him.
“Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against... that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:34-35