Christmastime seems to bring some of my favorite
traditions…like taking the kids out for a bonfire night where we
roast hotdogs and later go on a hayride as we read from the Bible
about Jesus' birth.
Despite the many different traditions, I know
the message of Jesus' love is the point. Today, I'd like to share
with you some fun stories to help you tell kids about Jesus in a
fun way. While they're no substitute for opening up the Bible and
reading, these fun stories can help your kids discover what
Christmas is all about in different ways.
Christmas Candy Cane Story This is one I heard growing
up and loved. And it seems to be one of your favorites, too,
because it's one of the most-viewed pages on the Children's
Ministry Magazine website. This version, sent in by Vivian Jones
from San Jose, California, tells of a legend of the candy cane, and
how the sweet snack can remind us of Jesus. Just don't take the
story literally. As one commenter points out, it's just a fun tall tale.
La Posada: A Christmas Skit La
Posada is an honored and traditional Mexican drama done at
Christmastime. If you are looking for something that incorporates
the Bible more directly, do this drama with your kids to tell
the Christmas story. Using Luke 2:7 as the basis, this quick and
simple drama is a fun and exciting way to tell kids about what
happened that first Christmas night.
A Star is Born Go on a field trip to Bethlehem! Retell
what happened on the first Christmas by planning a "Walk to
Bethlehem" for your kids. Map out a walk through your church
grounds or building, placing signs along the way to help retell the
events. As you walk, talk about the sounds Mary and Joseph may've
heard, how tired they might've been from walking, where they
might've stopped to find water for the donkey, and so on. Plan your
walk so you'll reach Bethlehem when you return to your room.
Cut five identical triangle shapes that are
large enough to write on. On each shape, write a Bible verse
reference to the first Christmas. Verses to use might
include: Luke 1:28; Luke 2:1; Luke 2:7; Luke 2:9-10; and Luke 2:15. Use each triangle to tell that
portion of the miracle of Jesus' birth along your walk to
Bethlehem. Attach the triangles together to form a star.
If you're looking to do something that will
leave your community with a WOW, you have to check out our
Christmas kits, Bethlehem Bound and One Starry Night. Bethlehem Bound is the fun,
instant Christmas play starring families where you go from
rehearsal to cast party - in ONE night! One Starry Night
helps you bring the Christmas Story to Life. You'll
Experience Mary and Joseph's journey to the manger at this
church-wide Christmas event for families.
What kind of Christmas traditions do you have?
Let us know in the comment section below!