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Christmas Illustrations: 5 Ideas for Your Children’s Message

3. The Christmas Wreath

Wreaths have been used at Christmas for hundreds of years. People hang them on doors, over mantles, and in windows.

  • The wreath is made of evergreens, most often pine branches or holly. This symbolizes growth and everlasting life.
  • The wreath is circular. This also represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end.
  • Holly branches have thorns. When used in the wreath, that represents the thorns in Jesus’ crown when He was crucified. 
  • Holly branches also have bright red berries. This symbolizes Jesus’ blood that He shed for us.

4. Gingerbread People

Kids love gingerbread cookies at Christmas. They like to bake them, decorate them, and, of course, eat them. But did you know gingerbread cookies also can have a spiritual meaning for kids?

  • The gingerbread person is created (mixed, baked, etc.). This reminds us that God created us, starting with Adam and Eve.
  • Gingerbread people are the color of the earth. This reminds us that God created humans from the dust of the earth.
  • Gingerbread people don’t last forever. We are mortal here on the earth. But if we know Jesus as our Savior, one day we will live with Him forever in heaven.

5. Christmas Gifts

Of course, one of the biggest parts of Christmas is presents. Buying them. Giving them. Getting them. Returning them (ha!). You can use Christmas gifts in many ways to show kids the true meaning of Christmas.

  • Christmas is about Jesus being born. God gave Jesus as a gift for mankind. (John 3:16)
  • Jesus is the gift of salvation. Eternal life is not something we earn through our own works. It’s a free gift based on Jesus’ righteousness. We accept it through faith in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
  • The wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus to honor Him. We can also honor Jesus by bringing Him gifts of our time, treasure and talents.

What other Christmas illustrations, object lessons or teachings have you shared with children and families? Share them with everyone in the comment section below.

P.S. If you’re looking for Christmas illustrations that share the Gospel, check out The Christmas Gift. It’s the heartwarming story of Andrew, a boy who discovers the true meaning of Christmas. He receives the greatest gift ever…Jesus. This resource includes teaching videos, games, activities and other elements that will capture the attention of kids in your ministry. You can get more information at this link.

This article about Christmas illustrations originally appeared here.

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Dale Hudson has been serving in children's ministry for over 30 years. He is an author, speaker and ministry leader.  He is the founder and director of Building Children's Ministry. BCM helps churches build strong leaders, teams and children's ministries.  (www.buildingchildrensministry.com)