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5 Great Christmas Illustrations to Share With Kids

The Christmas Wreath
Christmas wreaths have been used for hundreds of years. They are hung 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, it 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.

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

  • The gingerbread men is created (mixed, baked, etc.). This reminds us that God created us. Adam and Eve were the first two people created.
  • Gingerbread men are the color of the earth. This reminds us that God created man from the dust of the earth.
  • Gingerbread men 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.

Christmas Gifts
Of course, one of the biggest parts of Christmas is the gifts. Buying them. Giving them. Getting them. Returning them (ha). There are many ways you can use Christmas gifts 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 that is earned through our own works. It is a free gift that is 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.

Your turn. What are some other Christmas illustrations, object lessons or teachings that you have shared with kids and families? Share them with everyone in the comment section below.

P.S. If you are looking for a Christmas lesson that shares the Gospel, check out “The Christmas Gift.” It tells the heart-warming story of a boy named Andrew who discovers the true meaning of Christmas and is given the greatest Christmas gift ever…Jesus. It includes teaching videos, games, activities and other elements that will capture the attention of the kids in your ministry. You can get more information at this link.

This article 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)