Each year, I ask my K students the question...."Why do we celebrate Christmas?". This year, I asked each student individually and was shocked that only 5 out of 18 kids gave a response having something to do with Jesus.
Later, we had a whole class discussion about Christmas festivities, which was guided into a discussion about the birth of Jesus. I prompted the discussion by saying, "Who can tell me something they know about Jesus' birthday?" Although a couple of the kids could recall details of the story that they had heard at home or at Sunday School, many of them were at a total loss.
Here is a combined quick summary of Jesus' birth, as told by my Kindergarteners....
"Baby Jesus was born in the snow. He drank a bottle. When he woke up, he saw Santa. Santa gave him presents. Then, on Halloween he went trick-or-treating. When he was outside, a reindeer ran into him and he died."
Um Kay. Wow.