The Twelve Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Devotions

December 26th: Today is still Christmas.  Christmas lasts for twelve days!  The candles for hope, love, joy, and peace were lit during Advent. At Christmas we continue to share the good news about Jesus by lighting candles and telling others about how Jesus brings hope, love, joy, peace and light.

(Light all five candles). 

Read John 1:1-18 again. Draw a picture of Jesus in the manger in Bethlehem. Make sure you draw lots of light! 

December 27th: Remember what happens after Jesus is born during the twelve days of Christmas. Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the Temple for worship. 

Read Luke 2:27-33, 36-38                Common English Bible
Jesus’ parents brought the child to the temple so that they could do what was customary under the Law. 
Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said, “Now, master, let your servant go in peace according to your word, because my eyes have seen your salvation. You prepared this salvation in the presence of all peoples. It’s a light for revelation to the Gentiles and a glory for your people Israel.”
His father and mother were amazed by what was said about him… 
There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, who belonged to the tribe of Asher. She was very old. After she married, she lived with her husband for seven years. She was now an 84-year-old widow. She never left the temple area but worshipped God with fasting and prayer night and day. She approached at that very moment and began to praise God and to speak about Jesus to everyone who was looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Reflect: Worship was important to Mary, Joseph and Jesus. It was also important to Simeon and Anna.  How do you worship? Where do you worship?  How do you remember Jesus in worship?  

Prayer: Dear God: Thank you for your son Jesus. Thank you, God, for sending Jesus to me/us. Help me/us to remember and rejoice again because Jesus was born. May I/we live every day remembering your love and care, showing love and care to others. AMEN.

December 28th: Sing or read the third verse of "Go, Tell It On the Mountain."
    Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
    Go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.
    Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born,
    and God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn.
    Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
    Go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.
 (See full hymn on page 251 in The United Methodist Hymnal.)

Post on social media how Jesus brings light to your world.

December 29th: Light is something everyone needs to see. Look out the window and see what the light shows. Close your eyes and see if you can feel the light on your face. 

December 30th:   
Read Luke 2:36-38 again. Anna prayed every day and night. Pray when you first wake up, pray before bed and pray before breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. 

December 31st: 
Simeon was promised his life would not end before he met the promised messiah Jesus. What do you want to see before your life ends?  What do you need to end as the New Year begins?

January 1st: 
Many people make resolutions at the beginning of the New Year.  What resolution will you make this year for God? How will you continue sharing hope, love, joy, and peace throughout 2016?

January 2nd: 
There are people in your neighborhood, the church and the community who want an invitation to worship God. Make a list of people who do not worship God and pray for them.

January 3rd: 
Think about your family and church family.  Is there an older person like Simeon and Anna who would like a visit or phone call from you?  Call or visit them today.

January 4th:  
Simeon and Anna knew God gave them the gift of Jesus.  Write two thank-you notes today. Write one thank-you note to a friend or family member who gave you a Christmas gift.  Write a second note to God thanking God for the gift of Jesus.  Put the note in a journal or your Bible. 

January 5th: