When you hear the words “Merry Christmas,” what comes to your mind? Maybe you think of family traditions or the gifts you will soon give and receive. “Merry Christmas” may even conjure up memories of Christmas past and all the things you used to do as a child. Think about it for a moment and then listen to what my children have to say on what Christmas really is all about.


–Transcript–
Questions in bold are asked by Anastacia (aka. Mom.)

Jonathan_Elisabeth_ElijahWhat is your name?

Jonathan: Okay. My name is… Jonathan. Paul. Maness.

Elisabeth: I name Elisbes Rose

Mom: How about you, Elijah?

Elijah: My name is Scott Maness.

Mom: Your name is “Scott Maness”?

Elijah(laughing): No! I mean my name is ELIJAH Scott Maness.

How old are y’all?

Jonathan: I’m eight. She is…

Elisabeth: three.

Mom: Elijah?

Elijah: I forgot.

Jonathan (whispers loudly): Five!

Elijah: Five.

What is Christmas about?

Jonathan: Christmas is about Jesus’ birthday.

Mom (to Elijah and Elisabeth): What do y’all think about Christmas?

Elijah: It’s Jesus’ Birthday!

Elisabeth: Jesus’ Birsday!

Who is Jesus?

Elijah: God!

Elisabeth: God!

What is your favorite thing to do at Christmas time?

Elisabeth (says indistinctly): Tay some daahhs!!!!

Mom: What did she say?

Elijah: Take some dolls. I think she said.

Mom (to Elisabeth): You like to get some dolls?

Elisabeth nods with a smile.

Mom: Elijah, what is your favorite thing to do at Christmas time?

Elijah: Ride on horses?

Mom: Ride on horses?

Elijah: Yeah.

Mom: Jonathan, how about you?

Jonathan: My fravorite thing to do at Christmas time is to rip up the pres… the wrapping paper and be Hulk and things and get this nice present.

Would y’all want to sing a Christmas song now?

Jonathan, Elijah, Elisabeth: Yes.

Mom: Okay sing for me a Christmas song. What would y’all like to sing?

Jonathan (pointing to Elijah): You first.

Mom: You can all sing together. Pick one you all know? How about “Silent Night”? Do you all know that one? Jonathan you start it for them.

Jonathan, Elijah, and Elisabeth sing:

“Silent Night! Holy Night!

All is calm all is bright

brown yon virgin som…

mother and child…

Holy Infant so…

Mother and . . . Child?

Jonathan sings: Something something….

Elisabeth copies: Someping, someping…

Mom: Okay. That’s good.

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Hannah_RuthWhat is your name?

Hannah: My name is Hannah Renee Maness and I’m 10 going to be 11 in March. (snap clap)

Ruth: And I’m Ruth Maness and I’m 15.

Hannah: She’s going to turn 16 next year.

Ruth: Yes. Next year. We’re all going to turn older next year. (chuckles) We’re all going to be one year older.

What is Christmas all about?

Hannah: Jesus’ birthday.

Mom: And who is Jesus?

Ruth and Hannah (in unison): God.

What’s your favorite thing to do at Christmas time?

Ruth: Get presents for everybody and watch them open it.

Hannah: Get pajamas. And… get presents and watch them open it too. And watch myself open them.

Ruth: And sleep in.

Hannah: Yeah that too.

Ruth: That’s always nice to do on vacation.

Hannah: And maybe watch Duck Dynasty!

Ruth: She always likes to watch Duck Dynasty.

Hannah: That’s because it’s fun! What else would you want to watch?

Ruth: I don’t know what is so interesting about Duck Dynasty.

Hannah: I don’t know what’s not interesting about it.

Would you like to sing a Christmas song?

Ruth and Hannah (Hannah trying really hard to sing without laughing): Away in a manger no crib for a bed the Little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head. The stars in the sky look down where He lay the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

(Hannah lays her head on Ruth’s shoulder.)

Ruth (matter of factly): No. He didn’t lay on me.

Hannah grabs Ruth’s blonde hair and lays her head on the hair on Ruth’s shoulder.

Ruth (groans): Oh!
(laughter)
Ruth: My hair is as much like hay as your hair is.

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JoshuaMWhat is your name?

Joshua: My name is Joshua Maness. I am 17.

What is Christmas all about?
Joshua: This here… It’s about Christ and His coming. He came for one purpose. Christmas isn’t just about His birth but also the reason for His birth. The reason for His birth was to go to the cross to pay the price and become the sacrifice that pays for our sin. He is the reason for Christmas.

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What is your favorite thing to do at Christmas time?

Joshua: One of many things… I like the fellowship. The fellowship where everyone comes together. It’s a good refreshing thing to end the year.

I like the tradition reading through Christ’s story. The birth of Christ.

Sadly a lot of people in America get this mixed up and we must remember to keep it in the right place. This isn’t about getting stuff. It’s not about “What am I going to get next Christmas?” and “What did Santa get me?” This is about Christ. He’s supposed to be the first thing on our mind. That’s how we’re supposed to start the year and end the year. It’s supposed to be about Christ.

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It says in Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

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Credits:

Scott Maness ……..Dad / Camera Man

Anastacia Maness …….Mom/ Interviewer

Children

Joshua Maness …… 17 years

Ruth Maness ………. 15 years

Hannah Maness …… 10 years

Jonathan Maness …..  8 years

Elijah Maness ………… 5 years

Elisabeth Maness ……  3 years

“Greensleeves”

Played by Scott Maness on Mountain Ocarina

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Jonathan_explaining_nativityJonathan, Elijah, and Elisabeth looking at Nativity Scene.

Jonathan (pointing to camel): And this is all real wood.

Elijah (pointing to Mary and Joseph): Can these break?

Jonathan: Yes

Elijah (pointing to Baby Jesus): Can this break?

Jonathan: Yes

Elijah (whispers): Jesus can break?!

Jonathan: No. Well, yes… but not the real Jesus.

Elijah: Oh…

Jonathan (taking camel off the roof): Hey, you know the roof, I think is to protect… you know the rain out there… I think the roof is probably to protect the baby. (pointing to different characters) And him and her and her and him and her and her… And (pointing to sheep) this wooly guy and (pointing to cow) this cow…horned guy. And (grabs camel) he’s not under. (Puts camel under the roof on top of other characters.) There.

Elijah: And that camel guy?

Jonathan: Yeah.

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That’s what Christmas is all about from my children’s perspective.

It’s not just about gifts and traditions. It’s about Jesus and the reason He came to earth as a Baby to later be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. 

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May your Christmas be blessed as we remember Jesus this year. 

What Christmas traditions do you enjoy that help you think of Jesus?

Please share your favorite Christmas tradition with us in the comments

 

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About Anastacia Maness

Anastacia Maness is a preacher's wife, homeschooling mother of 6 blessings, and writer. When she's not counting her blessings (or patiently waiting for them to find their shoes) she's writing about them at RockSolidFamily.com, encouraging and strengthening families.
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