But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
- Luke 2:10-11 NIV
Today, I want to share several ideas for teaching the Christmas Story to your children through a variety of fun activities. If our little ones are going to really know the Reason for the Season, we need to find ways to share it with them at home. Hearing the story of the Baby in the Manger at church is great, but there's nothing like experiencing Christ-centered celebrations at home to help our children really grasp the meaning of Christmas. Just a few ideas to get you started:
Homemade Star Christmas Ornaments: Talk about the Star the wise men followed as you make these fun star ornaments from homemade dough and star-shaped cookie cutters.
Christmas Countdown or Advent Calendar: This is a great way to create excitement about December 25th!
The Beginner's Bible The Beginner's Bible has most of the stories of the old and new Testaments, including the story of the very first Christmas. Read this as a bedtime story, or have your new readers read the story aloud. Maybe memorize a verse or two from Luke 2, and give a little prize when they can recite it to you!
Birthday Party for Jesus To remind children that Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' birth, have a birthday party for Jesus! Let your children help with special refreshments and decorations, and maybe invite a few friends to start a fun annual tradition!
Prayer for Today: Father, help me to teach my children the true meaning of Christmas. Help me to find creative ways to share the Story of the first Christmas, so my children will one day trust Jesus as Savior. In His name, Amen