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Christmas Lesson: What Makes Jesus Happy

1. A Bird's Eye View-(Supplies: paper and markers.) Send children to tables with paper and markers.

Say: Pretend that you were a bird at Jesus' birth. Draw what you would've seen.

After the drawings are complete, form a circle. Have kids explain their pictures.

2. Glad-O-Meter-Have a trio of children act out Jesus' reaction to each of the following scenarios: a shepherd lovingly caring for his sheep; a shepherd ignoring a hungry sheep; and two children arguing.

Ask: What things that Jesus sees make him happy? sad? How can we make Jesus happy? sad? How can you make Jesus happy today?

3. Sculpted Prayers-Say: Think of one thing you can do to make Jesus happy. Pretend that you're doing that thing and we'll close in prayer.

Once kids are in position, pray: When you see us, Jesus, help us do the things that make you happy. Amen.

4. Snack-Bring all the kids together to prepare the snack. Sing Christmas carols as the snack bakes. Then finish the snack and enjoy!

You'll need: Paper baking cups, shredded wheat biscuits, dried apricots cut in thin round circles, apples cut into thin wedges, canned biscuit dough, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

Directions: Place the apple wedge "body" and apricot "head" on a flattened biscuit with a dash of cinnamon and brown sugar. Wrap the biscuit dough around the apple wedge with part of the apricot showing like a baby's head. Bake as directed on the biscuit can. 
Crumble part of the shredded wheat biscuit into a baking cup to represent the straw in the manger. Place the baked treat on the shredded wheat and serve.

Created for grades 1-3

Judy Williamson is a director of children's ministries in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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