I don’t know how Spiderman got in there

I got this video of my just-turned 4 year old reciting Matthew 2:1-12. She doesn’t have it down pat yet– as you’ll see I had to give her quite a few prompts. I am guessing it will take her a couple more weeks to master it. But she was so cute that I just had to share it now! Below the video I’ve pasted the words that she spoke so that you can understand her a little more easily.

Matthew 2 Christmas story from Mary on Vimeo.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.


Did you notice how I took the cheat sheet back when she took it away from me? That’s because *I* don’t know it yet. I needed the paper to give her prompts. However most of my kids can say it with no help. Kids have amazing brains.


  1. AMAZING!!!

  2. Wow! I’m very impressed! I just happened on to your blog and was amazed by your daughter. Good job, teaching, mom!

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  4. This is truly amazing.

  5. That is excellent!

  6. That is too cute! Children DO have amazing minds — and you are filling theirs with quality stuff. 🙂

  7. Wow!! She did a great job! You’ve inspired me to try this with our family beginning next week. I’m going to print out verses and laminate this week.

    She’s too cute…I can’t believe how long her hair is now!

  8. Sarah Mullin says:

    This is so cute!

  9. She looks so pleased and proud! I LOLed at the “spiderman” that slipped in there…

  10. There are so many things getting crammed into our kids’ minds—I am sad to say I think my girls could recite more facts about Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift than they could about King Herod or the magi.

    What a beautiful thing you’re doing, in helping your dear ones hide God’s word in their hearts.

  11. My parents were big on memorization too, and I remember people being amazed that I could say Ps 23 before I was quite 3. Kids have great brains, and I think all that memorization helped me not just spir but at school as well.
    I love her braids! Her hair is so cute (yes I know you’re going to say it needs redoing, but it’s still really cute)

  12. Precious! We were just speaking in our (parenting) bible class about “hiding the word in their hearts,” and how it really will come back when they truly need it.

  13. This is wonderful. She is such a doll. My parents had us memorize the birth of Jesus from Luke 2 when I was 6 and my brother was 3. So my children (7 and 4) are doing it this year. They have memorized through verse 10 and we’re working toward 1-20. They really do have such a sense of accomplishment once they can recite it all. :o)

    I can’t wait to play this for my little ones tomorrow. They will LOVE it.

  14. Oh Mary, she is just stinkin’ adorable! Great job with her. And I was impressed that my Little Man, who just turned four, can recite the pledge of allegiance…

  15. She is the bomb!!! You are too, Mom!!!!!!

  16. Great to start memorization before they hear from someone how hard it is! I am not and never have been good at memorization and I distinctly recall from childhood a teacher or neighborhood parent going on and on about how hard memorizing is for children – and I lived up to that level! Wonderful blessing for you to work on hiding the word in their hearts – and just about too cute for words! Bless y’all

  17. Holy cow! That is wonderful.

    I am impressed with her being able to do this, but I am also in admiration that you taught her this. Very lovely.


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