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Family Devotion: 12 Days of Christmas Devotion Kit

Want to give families 12 days of Jesus this Christmas? You can create this Family Devotion: 12 Days of Christmas Devotion Kit to send home for families, or print and give these instructions to families to inspire them to create their own. Either way, you’ll be helping families celebrate a Christ-centered Christmas with this Family Devotion: 12 Days of Christmas.

What you’ll need for each family kit:

  • a penny
  • paper clip
  • used staple
  • pebble
  • cotton ball
  • crumpled paper
  • heart sticker
  • thumbtack
  • aluminum foil
  • tissue
  • rubber band
  • string
  • Christmas Devotion handout

3 Ways to Make the Christmas Devotion Kit

You can use the easy, easier, or easiest option to make these Christmas devotion kits for families this Christmas.


Easy Option

Place each item and the corresponding slip of paper in its own slot of an empty egg carton. Cut a small circle of wrapping paper and tape it over each hole as a cover.




Easier Option

Place each item in its own envelope with the appropriate slip of paper.





Easiest Option

Place each item and slip of paper in a carton you’ve purchased from a craft store, such as Hobby Lobby.

Christmas Devotion Guide to Give Families

Tell your child the kit is full of items that’ll help your family get to know Jesus, your Savior. Beginning 12 days before Christmas, have your child choose one of the items each day.

Read the Scripture below and follow the directions for the item your child chooses. Download the Christmas Devotions for an easy way to create the paper strips for this family devotion.


Read Philippians 4:19. Have family members take turns naming a need God has supplied. See how long you can go before you run out of ideas!


Read Ephesians 2:13. Hook the paperclip to a keychain, zipper, or another item. Talk about how that resembles being united with Christ.


Read Romans 8:39. Talk about what a staple does, and how that compares with God’s love.


Read Matthew 7:24-25. Try to flatten the pebble with your finger. Then set it out as a reminder that Jesus is your rock and your firm foundation.

Cotton ball

Read John 10:14-15. Use a permanent marker to draw a face on your cotton ball. Move the cotton ball around like a sheep, and make sheep noises. Talk about why sheep need shepherds.

Crumpled paper

Read Philippians 3:8-9. Throw the paper in the trash and call out reasons why Jesus is more valuable than anything else.

Heart sticker

Read Romans 5:8. Stick the sticker to something dirty, like a shoe. Talk about why you think Jesus would love us when we were still sinners.


Read Isaiah 53:5. Gently feel the tip of the thumbtack. Talk about the pain Jesus endured to show his love to you.

Aluminum foil

Read Hebrews 1:3. Shine a flashlight on the foil, and watch how it reflects off of it. Share ways you’ve seen God’s glory.


Read Hebrews 2:18. Write your sufferings on the tissue. Then crumple it up and offer it to Jesus in a prayer.


Read Ephesians 3:18-19. Wrap the rubber band tight around a can. Then see how many other things you can fit in the rubber band, such as forks, spoons, pens, pencils, and other items. Talk about how God’s love never runs out.


Say, “Sometimes people tie a string around their fingers to help them remember something.” Have everyone take turns tying the string around their finger and naming three things they’ve done wrong. When each person removes the string, read Isaiah 43:25.

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5 thoughts on “Family Devotion: 12 Days of Christmas Devotion Kit

  1. You guys are AWESOME..Thank you so much…

  2. Myron Heckman

    Very creative! Just a note for next year – the Twelve Days of Christmas traditionally begin on Christmas Day and end on January 6th with Epiphany – the arrival of the Wise Men. This is a great idea which could be made even better by the customary timing – a devotional beginning on Christmas Day helps extend the celebration from one big crowded day to 12 days.

    • Children's Ministry Magazine

      Thanks for this suggestion, Myron! We hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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