Christmas is such a great time to share God’s Word with kids and families.
There is a heightened awareness of spiritual matters. Even with the secularization of Christmas, there is still much more proclamation in the culture of the story of Jesus’ birth compared to other times of the year.
Children form many memories during the Christmas season that will stick with them for life. As an adult reading this, I’m sure you remember things from your childhood Christmas experiences.
It’s obviously very important to teach kids the true meaning of Christmas and even more important to equip parents with stories, object lessons, etc. that they can share with their children during the Christmas season.
One of the best ways to help kids remember biblical truth is to tie it into something they are already familiar with. Each of these illustrations uses familiar Christmas items to teach kids God’s truth. If you will use these illustrations, it will stick in kids’ long-term memory and each Christmas, even into adulthood, they will remember what you taught them when they see the object you used.
These are great to use for children’s services and classes, family services, Christmas eve services, family devotions, Christmas morning, family dinners and more.
The First Christmas Tree Lights
Did you know Martin Luther, the leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany in the 1500s, was the first person to add lighted candles to Christmas trees? He did so in order to represent Christ, Who is the light of the world. Martin Luther wanted to point people to Jesus. Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
The Christmas Candy Cane
There is a legend that the candy cane was first created in the 18th century by a candy maker. He wanted to share the true meaning of Christmas with the children in his town. He prayed and ask God to help him find a way to do this. His prayer led him to an idea—the candy cane.
- He made the candy cane in the shape of a shepherd’s staff to show kids that Jesus is the good shepherd. (Psalm 23:1, John 10:11, Isaiah 40:11)
- If you hold the candy cane upside down, it forms the letter “J,” which stands for Jesus. (Isaiah 9:6)
- The candy maker chose hard candy to remind children that Jesus is our “rock.” He is dependable and strong. (Psalm 31:3)
- The red stripes on the candy cane were added to share about the crucifixion and blood that Jesus shed for our sins. By Jesus’ stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
- The candy cane was made white to represent the purity of Jesus. He was sinless. (1 John 1:7)
- The candy maker gave away the candy canes as a gift. He wanted the kids to understand that salvation is a gift that comes from Jesus. (John 3:16)