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)
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.
If you haven't already, bake sugar cookies using cookie cutters that correspond with the symbols discussed in this lesson.
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