Truth: It is good to pray in silence and
stillness--Even during the excitement of Christmas.
You'll need CD players and three CDs of different styles of
Christmas music. You'll also need index cards, pencils, and a
figure of baby Jesus from a crèche scene.
Have kids sit in a circle. Place the three CD players around the
edge of the circle. Pass out index cards and pencils, and invite
kids to make lists of what they'd like to get for Christmas. As
kids begin to write, play Christmas music on all three CD players
with the volume turned as loud as your classroom location will
After about a minute, stop the music, and have kids place their
lists and pencils behind them. As you place the figure of baby
Jesus in the center of the circle, say: I'd like everyone to be
perfectly silent for the next two minutes. You may close your eyes
or look at this figure of baby Jesus, but please don't look at each
other until I call time. During this quiet time, please pray and
ask God to show you what's important about this Christmas
After two minutes call time and ask:
• You were asked to pray and think about what is important about
this season. What would you say that is?
• How was the noise from the cassette or CD players like what
happens at Christmastime?
• What have you learned from this experience?
Pray: Dear Lord, it's so easy to be caught up in noise
and confusion and busyness.Help us find time to be quiet this
season and to be thankful that you came to earth to be our Savior.
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