This evening Rachel (my 4 year old) recorded an eight-image VoiceThread digital story, sharing some of the things she knows about Christmas. Her thoughts ranged from Santa and stockings to baby Jesus and the star of Bethlehem. At age four, her recorded voice reveals the stream-of-consciousness way in which she processes the world and connects ideas to each other.

The juxtaposition of secular holiday traditions with religious ones can certainly be confusing, and even overwhelming, for people of all ages. Rachel seems to be doing pretty well with her understanding of Christmas themes and messages.

Capturing her voice singing part of “Joy to the World,” is certainly a wonderful gift. We are happy to share this special VoiceThread digital story with you.

Have a very Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

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6 Responses to 4 Year Old Perceptions of Christmas

  1. Wes,

    How ’bout using Rachel as your next guest blogger? You’ll totally increase your readership! Way…way…way too cute!

  2. Wesley Fryer says:


    I’ll ask her to consider it, but I think we’ll have to wait for her keyboarding skills to improve a bit. πŸ˜‰ Still, with a little assistance, she’s capable of sharing a LOT! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the feedback. Merry Christmas! I also just finished publishing a podcast over on Eyes Right that our 5th graders recorded today at church. I also shared this as a VoiceThread.

  3. CIndy Lane says:

    Dear Rachel,
    Tell your Daddy it’s time for your own podcast. You have a great mind and a wonderful way of expressing your brilliance. Yes, Daddy has a great one, but there is a need for a 4-year-olds perspective about all things technology…
    Thank you for reminding me all about the important things about Christmas, the song was an extra wonderful moment and I appreciate you sharing!
    Merry Christmas to you and those you love!
    Your St. Louis friend,
    Cindy Lane

  4. Anna Adam says:

    Oh my gosh! Can she BE any more adorable?! Thanks so much for sharing this! Going to have to record my own kids’ Christmas thoughts. Great idea!

  5. Great Job. Love the voicethread. This tool is so versatile. You have inspired me to do some family voicethreads over the holiday.

    Best wishes to you and your family.


  6. Wes (and Rachel)
    What a wonderful way to express ideas about the holidays, by looking at them through the eyes of a child. My 5 year old couldn’t believe, Rachel that you are only four and now she wants to make a story of her own.
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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