7 Last-Minute Christmas Ideas

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Christmas is finally here! With so many things going on, you
might still be preparing your Christmas services or looking for one
or two more ideas to make it perfect. No matter where you are in
your Christmas planning, it’s not too late! We’ve pulled together
seven terrific last-minute ideas you can use to make Christmas in
children’s church the best it can be.

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Snack

  • Tree-Mendous Treats - Part craft, part
    snack, kids will love decorating their very own Christmas tree
    before gobbling it up.

Devotion

  • Baby Jesus Finger Play  – Having devotions
    for your youngest kids (toddlers and 2-year-olds) is just as
    important as for any other age group. Try this fun and simple
    devotion that comes with hand motions to help children learn and
    remember Jesus’ life.

Crafts

  • Manger
    Puppets 
    – Perfect for kids ages 3 to 9, this craft brings
    Luke 2:13-18 to life. Using small pudding boxes for mouths,
    children will make puppets like the animals that may have been
    around baby Jesus when he was born.
  • My Manger - Here’s an idea I found from
    our archive. Give each child an envelope with the flap cut off,
    some modeling dough, and a small gingerbread cookie cutter. Help
    kids cut out gingerbread figures from their dough. Next, let kids
    color their envelopes (which will become mangers). When they’re
    finished, fold and tape each lower envelope corner so it lies flat
    on the bottom fold of the envelope. This will enable the “manger”
    to stand up on its own. Finally, to make the hay-bed, let kids
    crumble up a piece of shredded-wheat cereal. To complete the scene,
    have children place their dough figure on top of their straw while
    you read from Luke 2:1-20.

Lesson

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  • Small packages - Looking for a full lesson
    for your first- to third-grade kids? Cindy Nelson has an amazing
    but simple lesson involving presents and God’s greatest gift.

Outreach

  • Mitten
    Angels
     - Here’s a fun outreach idea. Have families bring
    in pairs of mittens and let kids turn them into angels. Afterward,
    donate the mittens to a local shelter so the angels can help keep
    those in need warm.

Activities for Families

  • Census
    Questions
     - Help the families in your ministry get closer
    together by taking this “census” like Mary and Joseph did in Luke
    2:1-5.

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Still looking for inspiration? Make sure to check out our
previous blogs involving  Christmas musicChristmas gamesChristmas snacksChristmas programsChristmas traditions, how to help preteens understand Christmas, as well as
how to keep your focus on what matters this Christmas. And if you
need some help finding volunteers to work during your Christmas
services, make sure to check out this article on filling the Christmas
void.

Let us know what you’re doing for Christmas in our comment
section below! Merry Christmas to you and your ministry!

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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