The kids were excited, though tired after their afternoon of Christmas shopping followed by pizza. Ice cream lifted their spirits as the group gathered around Nannygranne at the large corner booth in the back.
She started the conversation: “So, what are your favorite fairytales?”
“The Little Mermaid!”
“Hansel and Gretel! I like the candy house!” Jacob chimed in.
Nannygranne laughed. “I like the Little Red Hen! Okay, then who are some famous people in history that you like?”
“Abraham Lincoln,” said Jacob proudly.
“George Washington,” added Jillian.
“Harriet Tubman.” Chloe decided.
“Luke Skywalker!!” chimed in little Mason. They all nodded.
“You guys are so smart!! Which of all these people are real? What do you think?” Nannygranne waited, smiling, looking from child to child as they whispered and debated.
Finally, Brooke spoke for the group. “Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Harriet Tubman.”
“How can we know that they were real?” challenged Nannygranne.
“Because my teacher reads to us about them,” answered Jillian.
“That’s a good reason,” said Nannygranne. “But we read about Cinderella and the Little Mermaid, too. What’s different about those presidents and Harriet Tubman?”
“They’re in our history books,” Jacob insisted.
“And why are they in the history books?” Nannygranne realized her questions were growing harder. “Go ahead and put your thinking caps on. Why would somebody write those stories in history books, and how did they know what happened?”
Brooke looked around the group, unsure of her idea, but she decided to say what was on her mind. “Because they were important men who did important things, and people wrote those things down.”
“Brooke, you are very right. We have those letters and newspaper articles and even things people wrote in diaries, and that’s where history book writers get their information for your history books.”
“Oh,” said Chloe as she thoughtfully took another lick of her Bubblegum ice cream.
“Jesus’ Apostles also wrote about the things He said and did. That was a long time ago, and we have copies of what they wrote. Some of the copies were made only 30 years after Jesus went back to Heaven. Guess how many copies we have about Jesus!”
“A hundred?” guessed Jillian.
“There are over 25,000 copies!”
“Wow!! Twenty-Five Thousand!! That’s a bajillion!” Mason, dependably dramatic, kept everyone entertained.
“Julius Caesar was a famous man you’ll learn about in school who lived just before Jesus. We only have five copies of his story.”
At that, the kids echoed the sentiment “Wow!”
Nannygranne concluded, ” So Jesus really was born in Bethlehem and lived over in Israel, the place we hear about on the news. We know He was not crazy or a liar. Jesus was real and He said we’re all going to see Him one of these days!”
“He did?” Brooke asked.
“Yes, He did. He’s coming back for all His people so we can all be together forever in His world. I’m so glad Jesus decided to be born on earth and spend time showing us how to live well. And died for our sins, but came back to life and visited His friends for almost two more months before He went back to Heaven.”
Nannygranne started gathering her things and helping Mason with his jacket. It was time to go.
“You mean He stayed here for a while after He rose from the grave? I thought He went to Heaven that day.” Jacob wasn’t sure about this.
“Yes, He did, Jacob. How about tonight after baths, we talk about this during story time. I have a game about it that we can play. Does that sound fun?” Everyone agreed and headed for home.