Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Day

Christmas Day
Luke 2

Props: An assortment of tree ornaments, each representing a different aspect of Christmas, such as family, friends, Santa, special foods, etc. An ornament showing the Nativity.  Put the ornaments in a paper bag or box so the children cannot see them until you show them, one at a time.

Merry Christmas, everybody!  This is the day we've all been waiting for, isn't it?  The day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, also known as Christmas!!  It's finally here.

Christmas is such a special day in so many ways.  I brought some Christmas tree ornaments in with me to share with you as we think about Christmas and what it means to us.  (Use your ornaments to talk about the various aspects of Christmas.  For example, you might show a Santa ornament and say something like, "Here is an ornament of Santa Claus.  Christmas is a time of giving, isn't it?  Santa gives gifts to children, and we give gifts to each other.  Most of us also try to give what we can to people who are in need so that they might have a nice Christmas, too."  Go through your ornaments, saving the Nativity for last.

Finally, I want to show you this ornament.  Can you see what it is?  This is a tiny Nativity scene, isn't it?  Can you see Mary, and Joseph, and the baby Jesus?  This ornament is my very favorite, because it reminds us of what Christmas is all about!  Christmas is Jesus' birthday, and without that, there wouldn't be a celebration at all.  No Santa.  No Christmas cookies.  No special parties or family gatherings.  Without Jesus' birth, this would just be another day.  So, Happy Birthday, Jesus!  And a Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.

Let's Pray.
Dear God, we thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, into the world as a tiny baby.  We all came into this world as tiny babies, too.  Help us to be more like Jesus in every way.  In His name we pray, Amen.

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