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Year 02/Lesson 51: Symbols of Christmas

12.17.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, printed set of CHRISTMAS SYMBOLS MINI POSTERS, GAK 240: Jesus the Christ, coloring tools and paper, children's scissors, cookie dough and frosting.


Scripture: Are within the lesson

Opening Song: The Nativity Song (PCS #52)

Lesson:

Each year as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmastime we are surrounded by symbols. 'Symbols' are objects that remind  us of something important.  Today we are going to talk about the things we have around us at Christmas and how each item should remind us of the birth of our Savior.

(CHRISTMAS SYMBOLS MINI POSTERS - As you go over each symbol show accompanying poster and review included scripture)


Christmas Tree: Christmas trees are evergreen trees. They do not die in the winter, but stay green all year.  This is a symbol of eternal life. Christ made it possible for us to live forever in heaven after we die.

Christmas Tree Star and lights: Stars represent the new star that appeared when Christ was born.

Bells: The bells represent the bells which hung around the necks of the sheep that the shepherds watched by night when the angels appeared to them to proclaim Christ's birth.  Many churches with bells ring them on Christmas morning.

Candles: Jesus said that He is the light of the world. He shows us the way to go and leads us with His light.

Candy Canes: This candy is made in the shape of a shepherd’s staff. The shepherds came to see baby Jesus. Christ is known as the good shepherd.

Round Christmas Ornaments: The round ornaments we see on Christmas trees represent eternity.  There is no beginning and no end of a circle. Jesus was resurrected and will live forever and so will we.

Red, White, and Green: Christmas colors are symbols of Jesus Christ. Red represents the blood of Christ. Green represents eternal life. White represents the purity of Christ (he was perfect).

Gift Giving: Gifts represent the gifts the wise men brought to the Christ child and the gift of the Savior that Heavenly Father gave the world.

(Show GAK 240: Jesus the Christ)


We when see these symbols throughout December we should remember the true meaning of Christmas; the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Bear your testimony about the joy that comes from remembering the Savior at Christmastime and the peace and joy you feel about His miraculous birth.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Activity:  Choose from the following activities that would best suit your family.


1. Find the Symbol - Move throughout your house and have children identify the symbols of Christmas present in your home.  When a child finds one have them share the meaning of the symbol.

2. Paper Ornaments - Color and cut out Symbols of Christmas ornaments and have children color them and place them on the tree as ornaments.

A Year of FHE // Free printable ornaments with the symbols of Christmas.  Kids can color them and then hang them on the tree to remember the true meaning of Christmas. #lds #familyhomeevening #christmas #LIGHTtheWORLD

Treat: Christmas Cookies

If you haven't already, bake sugar cookies using cookie cutters that correspond with the symbols discussed in this lesson. 
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A Year of FHE // A Family Home Evening about the meaning behind the many symbols we see during the holidays.  Includes free printable ornaments with the symbols of Christmas.  Kids can color them and then hang them on the tree to remember the true meaning of Christmas. #lds #familyhomeevening #christmas #LIGHTtheWORLD

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24 Way Righteous Comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I love the cute pictures that go along with it and the lesson it teaches in making things they will see all season have meaning. Thanks for your work!

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for something "special" to do with my nursery children and this is it!! Thank you for posting this idea!!

Christina said...

I love the idea of looking for the symbols in our home- thanks for this lesson!

Jamie @ It's a Morris Thing said...

Thank you for this lesson, I am looking forward to our FHE tonight.

hburcham said...

This is just what we need for tonight. Thank you.

Breanna said...

This is great. My 4 year old will be able to "give" this lesson tonight. Thank you AGAIN.

Kristi said...

This lesson was perfect for our family this week. We made ice cream cone christmas trees for our activity (you can read about it here: http://www.nurturemama.net/2011/12/ice-cream-cone-trees-and-a-fhe-lesson-to-go-with-it/)

Thanks for sharing all of your lessons. I always check in here each week when I plan our lessons.

Anonymous said...

I am happy to see a place where I can get ideas for FHE lessons. This will help me a lot in planning them.

Shambi-Galambi said...

LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Pam Miller said...

Thank You so much for all your hard work. I love your lesson plans.

Maude Leclerc Beckman said...

I am using it tommorrow! Thanks for making this easy for the rest of us!

Melanie said...

Thanks for making it so easy to have a great FHE! I love that you make it available to print, thank you.

ashley said...

I love your lessons; thanks for making it so easy for me to have FHE in my family. Well thought-out lesson plans that I can print last minute to teach the gospel to my children - priceless! Thanks so much!

Amber said...

Thanks for this beautiful lesson!

Norm, Lisa and Cache Nielsen said...

Thank you for creating this lesson. I am so excited to use it for my children and nieces and nephews at our Christmas party. I love that it is great for small children.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. It is always interesting to see how other people put things together

Joanna Humpherys said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful lesson! I am doing it for FHE tonight.

Jenna said...

Absolutely love this file you have created! We are so excited to add them to our traditional December/Christmas FHE Lessons to help teach our children the true meaning of Christmas! Love how you have put the image visuals along with the scripture texts together! Great for toddlers as well as early readers and older kiddos who we want to be getting into the scriptures with! Thanks again for such a treasure of a resource! :)

Anonymous said...

Christmas is a healing balm which connects ourselves to all the universe its caricature create a wholesome feeling of love with devotion which would bind us for a better person.... even as a child of GOD...WONDERFUL.......AMAZING SPIRIT OF JOY AND HAPPINESS ARE ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS...♥ ♥ ♥

Jaelle Kaylor said...

Once again I am madly in love with the lesson you have created ! This is perfect for our family.....last night we learned about gift giving and the tradition of giving gifts at Christmas and tomorrow we will do this lesson! For December we are focusing our homeschool on Gospel lessons, Service projects, lessons on christmas and christ and math haha. I have to be mean and throw that in. But this lesson is going to be perfect to compliment the gift giving lesson from yesterday ! Thank you! I'll be sharing it on my blog and my fb group so that others can come here and get it ! :) JL~ www.ldsparenting.blogspot.com

Erica Rogers said...

Thank you for this wonderful lesson! We are using it for the 12 days of Christmas that we are doing for some friends, and this is a great lesson that can be used for small children (and even older children) to remember the symbols of Christmas. Thank you for sharing.

Kara Murri said...

We all loved this! Thank you. The kids were engaged and all of them learned something new (even the bigger kids).

.NiCk ToRi & TaYloR tOo said...

bless you for this!!

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