This afternoon at my parent’s house, my mom pulled out my old Lite Brite. (You know, where you stick the pegs in the black paper to make designs, and they light up.) Abby and I had a great time making all sorts of pictures! It was a lot of fun. I’ll get back to this.
Dance to Christmas Music. Slow & Fast.
Begin playing Christmas music, everyone moves and dances until the music stops then they must "freeze" in whatever position they happen to be in.
Hide and Seek
Cut out Christmas Ornaments and hide them for others to find.
Let it Snow
Play let is snow with the snowflakes you made.
Suspend a large Christmas wreath in a doorway at a convenient height from the floor. Prepare in advance "snowballs," made of cotton batting covered with white tissue paper.
The players stand about eight feet from the wreath, and take turns, one at a time. Each is given three "snowballs," and the one who succeeds in throwing all three, one at a time, through the wreath, is given the prize.
To make it more exciting, sides may be chosen, and each one of the three snowballs numbered, one being 5, the other, 10, and the third, 20. If the ball numbered 5 goes through, it counts 5 for that player's side. If it does not go through, it is a loss, and so on. The side scoring the most points is victorious.
The Night Before Christmas Musical Chairs
Another amusement is playing "The Night before Christmas" like "Musical Chairs ." Give each child the name of some part of Santa Claus' outfit, the sleigh, the reindeer, etc. The hostess then reads the well-known story, "The Night Before Christmas." As she mentions the names, the players having them, rise, turn around, and sit down again. When she mentions Santa Claus, all change places, and she tries to secure a seat. The one left out continues the story, and so on, until completed.
Play like "Simon Says" but replace the phrase "Simon Says" with "Santa Says." For instance, leader Elf says: 'Santa says, "Put your hands on your head."' All players should be their hands on their head. When the leader Elf gives an instruction without saying "Santa Says" and the followers do the action anyway, the leader Elf says "HO! HO! HO!" and the player must sit down. The last player left standing is the winner and can then be the leader Elf.
Hot “Stocking” Potato
Big & Little Christmas Trees
Call out big, medium, and little and have your children to be that size of Christmas Tree.
Big: stand up with feet together and put hands above head in a point
Middle: Squat knees together and put hands above head in a point
Little: Sit down with legs crossed and put hands above head in a point
Santa, Santa, Reindeer
Play just like duck, duck, goose
Pin the Star on the Nativity
Play just like pin the tail on the donkey.
Nativity Popsicle Puppets
Draw and Color the characters, put on a show!
Verse per day
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
What is a census?
Take a census of our family’s favorite things.
2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of
Who is our governor? What does he do?
Make a Christmas Card for our governor.
3And everyone went to his own town to register.
Learn about our home town. Zionsville.
Read a map.
Draw a map of our street.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of
Who is in our family tree? Make a family tree.
Make a card for Daddy,
5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
Mary and Joseph traveling.
Transportation, then and now.
Write a card for mom, grandmas…
6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
Send letters to pregnant friends.
Look through kids’ baby books, read birth stories.
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Act it out – no room in the
Making room for Jesus in our hearts.
Taking care of a baby.
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
What do shepherds do?
Play follow the shepherd game w/ rod, make sheep masks
Jesus is the Good Shepherd
9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
Word: Glory, praise and honor to God.
Sing praises to God.
GLORY – Acrostic Poem
10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
All the people – everywhere.
Pray for those who haven’t heard of Jesus.
Do something good to someone to give joy.
11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord.
What did Jesus save us from?
Cross activity. candy canes and tell about red representing the blood Jesus shed and the white being the forgiveness we get because of Him dying on the cross. We have those red beads and white beads that are kind of triangular and they put them on red pipe cleaners and then shape them into candy canes. Or, you could just eat candy canes, etc.
12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Read about the signs of Jesus’s birth.
Road signs – hunt outside for them.
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest,
How can we be at peace with God?
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to
Obedience. What if they had waited?
Play Simon Says
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
Nativity Scene Craft
Hurry – play tag or a game where you have to hurry.
17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
Spread Paint on Paper. Spread Peanut butter on crackers.
Tell others about Jesus.
18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
Practice telling others what Jesus did.
Make a puppet show to share the story of Jesus.
19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
How do we ponder about God? Read our Bibles, pray, go to Church, talk with others.
20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Write a letter to God, praising Him.
Make a rubberband guitar.
Play musical instruments in a parade.
I Thessalonians 1:10
...wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ...