I'm begging, for reals this time...
We don't know the Christmas Story. We don't. We know the highlights. We know the things people have added to it. But we don't know the story.
Every year we go over the Christmas story at FIRE & WATER Student Ministries. The Jr. High's do a quiz to see what they remember. The Sr. High's do something different every year, this time it was a play where when you knew what was next you jumped in.
And very few people jumped. While most Jr. High's failed a pop quiz.
Because we don't know the story.
It's really not that long to read. The first two chapters of Matthew, the first two chapters of Luke. Please, don't go off your memory of eight-year-old's acting it out in front of the church. Because you won't know the story, you know the eight-year-old's version of the story.
The perfect line came in a discussion after the play last night. "Every year we do this and I should know it, but every year I realize I don't".
Please, read the story.
(and on that note we started asking what other stories do we think we know but probably don't, there were a lot of answers realizing we know the movies or songs or children's books better than we actually know what's in the Bible)