How did it happen that God became a human being? The coming of God into this world to be a man must figure among the greatest events in all human history. Yet in our over-Christmased culture we have trivialized the true Nativity Story in favor of images of Santa and gushings about the warmth of the true Christmas spirit. This four-week series is designed to help Christians reconnect with the real meaning of Christmas by considering the main characters of the Christmas story: Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men. Each was a disciple of Jesus - St. Mary, the first disciple, followed by each of the others who recognized this newborn as the Messiah and reordered their lives around Him as a result. These detailed lessons, each with probing discussion questions, can be used for personal enrichment, as an Advent study by small groups and classes, and for preparation by teachers and preachers.