A very very long time ago God made a law that slaves should be freed.  But sometimes we aren't good at listening to God and there are still slaves all over the world.  Some of them make our Christmas gifts.  Maybe this should change how we celebrate Jesus' birthday?

Read these verses with your family:
Leviticus 25:9-10
on the tenth day of the seventh month, which is also the Great Day of Forgiveness, trumpets are to be blown everywhere in the land.  This fiftieth year is sacred--it is a time of freedom and of celebration when everyone will receive back their original property, and slaves will return home to their families.

Ask your parents what these verses mean.  How do they make you feel?  What do they tell us about God?  What do you think about slavery?  Talk with your family about how Jesus might want us to celebrate Christmas because of these verses.

Then say this prayer:
Dear Jesus
Thanj you for forgiving me!  Thanj you that every day is a Great Day of Forgiveness with you!  Help me to celebrate Christmas that way.  Help me to celebrate with freedom - in a way that lets slaves go home with their famili

And then color this color sheet.  What do you wish this Christmas for slaves?  What do you imagine going home would be like for them?

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