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If you shake your Christmas stocking for new ideas to celebrate
Christmas this year and nothing falls out, don’t despair. Try any
of these 20 Bible activities to keep kids focused on the true
meaning of Christmas.

It’s a Boy!

Have groups of children work together to create a birth
announcement for Jesus — complete with a painted footprint from a
baby in the nursery (get parent’s permission). Photocopy two
announcements for each child to take home-one to keep and one to
give away.

I Was There

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Have groups choose different characters in the Christmas story.
Then have each group write and present a Christmas drama based on
that character’s account. Videotape each drama and have kids take
turns taking the video home to show their families.

Shine On

Have each child cut out a poster board star and write his or her
name on it using glow-in-the-dark paint. Tape the stars to your
classroom ceiling. Turn off the lights and tell kids that just as
the star pointed people to Jesus, they too can help others find the
savior.

“The Christmas Story”

Have preschoolers dictate to you the Christmas story. Write each
sentence on a different sheet of paper — keeping it in the
children’s words. Then have kids illustrate each page. Put the
pages together in order, put a cover on the book, and staple it
together. Invite your pastor to your class for a special
presentation of this book.

Give It Away

Take up an offering for a special need in your community. Church
of the Good Shepherd in Loveland, Colorado, donated a special
offering to the building of a community amphitheater.

Hire an Elf

Have kids sign up to do gift-wrapping for the staff members in
your church. Staffers provide all the materials.

Belated Gift

After Christmas, have kids give free housecleaning to church
staff members who’ve put in double duty during the holiday
season.

Operation Christmas Child

Kids can give to less-fortunate children around the world at
Christmas time. Have kids pack a shoe box with small toys,
batteries and flashlights, hats, gloves, or wrapped hard candies.
Then send the box and $5 to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000,
Boone, NC 28607. Deadline is November 25. Samaritan’s Purse
delivers gift boxes to children in countries such as Bosnia,
Rwanda, and Romania. For more information, contact or call
800-353-5949.

Surprise Advent Boxes

Have children fill 25 boxes with goodies such as wrapped
candies, small toys, pencils, a Christmas card, handmade pictures,
and a Scripture verse. Then have children wrap or decorate their
boxes. Have children think of 25 people who serve in your church,
such as pastors, teachers, custodians, secretaries, or committee
members. Number these names and assign the people to children.
Tell parents what’s going on too. On the date that corresponds to
that person’s number, the child delivers a surprise advent box to
that person.

Artsy Calendars

Assign a different month of the year to each child-assign more
than one month if necessary to cover the year. Have each child draw
a picture for the assigned month and sign his or her creation. Then
use these drawings as the picture part of a calendar.
 Photocopy the calendars and have them spiral bound. Kids can
give these to their parents.

Book Giveaway

Have kids bring in old books to donate to a local library or
give to community children to enjoy.

Cupcake Tree

Bring in one cupcake for each child in your class, green icing,
decorator icing, and decorator tips. Have kids decorate cupcakes to
look like themselves. Place the cupcakes in the shape of a tree and
celebrate your class. Then eat!

Teacher Blessings

Give each teacher a subscription to Children’s Ministry Magazine
— the gift that keeps on giving!

Angels Everywhere

Give each child an angel ornament or an angel pin. Attach the
angel to a card with this calligraphy on it: “…Your angels in
heaven continually behold the face of my father who is in heaven”
Matthew 18:10.

Special Recognition

Present to each teacher and classroom helper a corsage or
boutonniere to wear at your services on the Sunday closest to
Christmas.

Swaddling Quilt

You’ll need a large nativity scene at the front of your church.
As people arrive for services, give each one a 4X4-inch square of
sturdy white fabric. At an appointed time, provide permanent
markers and have each person write on their fabric square a prayer
to Jesus or a gift they want to give him. Collect the squares.
During the sermon, work with volunteers to iron Stitch Witchery
tape (available at fabric stores or Wal-Mart) onto the squares
(allowing a 1/2 -inch overlap on each side of the squares) to make
a quilt. At the end of the service, have the church sing “O Come,
Let Us Adore Him” as you ceremoniously bring in the quilt and wrap
baby Jesus in it.

Surprise Seating

Help church members get to know each other at your Christmas
dinner. Draw each one of these symbols on a different 3X5 card: a
tree, a bell, an angel, a cross, a star, and a gift. Repeat the
drawings to make one card for each guest. Put one card from this
set on the table at each place. Make another set of cards with one
of each symbol and put these cards in a bowl. As people come to the
dinner, have them draw a Christmas symbol from the bowl and then
put the card back into the bowl. Tell people to find their symbols
at the table and enjoy getting to know the people seated next to
them during dinner.

Christine Yount’s favorite holidays are Christmas — and then her
kids’ birthdays!

MY GIFT TO JESUS

After teaching about God’s gifts to us, talk about how we can
give gifts to Jesus. Then have children think of something they
promise to do that Jesus would really like, such as tell a friend
about Jesus or pray. Have kids write gift cards: “Lord Jesus, this
Christmas my gift to you is (promise). Love, (child’s name.)” Have
each child put his or her card in a small box, wrap it, and label
it: “To Jesus. From (child’s name.)” Have children take their gifts
home, put them under the tree, and open them for Jesus on Christmas
day.
Tim Cornish Alanson, Michigan

ANGEL TREE PARTNERS

Create a partnership with a church in a low-income area. Get the
names, ages, sizes, interests, and Christmas wish lists of the most
needy children. Write the information on angel cutouts and place
them on a small Christmas tree at a central place in your
church. Church members can choose an angel and provide gifts
and a package of underclothes for the needy child. Invite the
children to a Christmas party with games and refreshments at your
church. Then present the gifts.
Laura Soliday Fort Worth, Texas

PAPER BAG STOCKINGS

Have children make brown paper bag Christmas stockings for a
crisis pregnancy center. Have children use a stocking pattern to
cut out their paper stockings. Staple the two sides of each
stocking together and decorate it with lace and fabric. Use
appropriate fabric for all year long.Have children take their
stockings home and fill them with small baby items such as baby
soap, socks, diaper cream, and teething rings. Place the returned
stockings in a large decorated box and deliver the box to a crisis
pregnancy center. Young mothers will deeply appreciate the
children’s gifts.
Barbara Rodgers Hellam, Pennsylvania

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