We have been reading a part of the Christmas story each night to Claire from The Advent Book. (I found a "like new" copy on amazon.com for $30.) Each night, beginning on December 1 to December 24, Claire gets to open a door in the book to reveal the next part of the story. Each night, we start at the beginning and read the story until we get to the new door and add another part to the story. The point is that they hear the story over and over again for 24 nights and they learn it. We gave Claire a little quiz tonight at dinner to see how it was working.
Daddy: "What does Emmanuel mean?"
Claire: "God with us."
Daddy: "Good. Where were Mary and Joseph going?"
Daddy: "Very good. Where did Mary lay Baby Jesus?"
Claire: "In a manger."
Daddy: "The shepherds ... where were they?"
Claire: "In my Bible."
Technically correct, but not exactly the answer we were looking for. I guess 3 out of 4 is not bad. The point seems to be getting across.