Open your class by asking your students if they typically make a list of gifts they want to receive for Christmas, and if they are disappointed if they don’t receive what they ask for.
- What is the difference between receiving a gift you asked for and receiving a gift you didn’t expect? (Gifts that we request—or put on a Christmas list—are things we know we will like, but they are often anticlimactic. The “surprise” element of the equation is done away with. Unexpected gifts might not be what we thought we wanted, but they can be the best kind, reflecting the creativity and love of the giver.)
- Have you ever seen a video on YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok about someone revealing or receiving a surprise? Why do people enjoy sharing good news in an open format like that? (It’s the classic “feel good” moment, and people want others to share their joy; younger generations are much more comfortable sharing their good news publicly.)
- When you receive really good news—something that surprises and overwhelms you—are you anxious to share it, or do you prefer to keep it to yourself? (Accept all answers. Most students will probably say that they are anxious to share it with someone while a few may say that they want to savor the moment privately, at least for a while.)
Receiving presents can be one of the most exciting parts of the Christmas season, but some are more significant than others. Our lesson today takes us inside the shock and excitement of a long anticipated, but perhaps unexpected, gift.