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Christmas Illustrations: 5 Ideas for Your Children’s Message

Christmas illustrations

Christmas is such a great time to share God’s Word with kids and families. Despite the secularization of Christmas, many people have a heightened awareness of spiritual matters. Use the special season to share important Christmas illustrations with young listeners.

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 important lessons from your childhood Christmas experiences.

It’s obviously very important to teach kids the true meaning of Christmas. Plus, you can equip parents with stories, object lessons, and Christmas illustrations they can share with kids at home.

One of the best ways to help children remember biblical truth is to tie it into something they’re already familiar with. Each of these Christmas illustrations uses familiar items to teach God’s truth. If you use these, they’ll stick in kids’ long-term memory. Then each Christmas, even into adulthood, they’ll remember what you taught them when they see that object.

These Christmas illustrations are great for children’s church services and Sunday school classes. But they also work well for family devotions and dinners, Christmas Eve services, Christmas morning, and more.

5 Christmas Illustrations for Children’s Ministry

1. The First Christmas Tree Lights

Martin Luther, who led the Protestant Reformation in Germany in the 1500s, was the first person to add lighted candles to Christmas trees. He did so to represent Christ, the light of the world. 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.”

2. The Christmas Candy Cane 

A legend says a candy maker created the candy cane in the 18th century. He wanted to share the true meaning of Christmas with children in his town. He prayed and ask God to help him find a way to do this. That prayer led him to an idea—the candy cane. 

  • 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.” Jesus is dependable and strong. (Psalm 31:3)
  • The red stripes on the candy cane symbolize the crucifixion and blood that Jesus shed for our sins. By Jesus’ stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
  • The candy cane is 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 kids to understand that salvation is a free gift from Jesus. (John 3:16)