Sunday School at Home for December 25 2022

Don’t Miss Christmas

Theme: The real meaning of Christmas.
Scripture: Luke 2:1-15
Complete Supply List:
● Cupcake with a candle
● Something to light the candle
● “Jesus Is Born” video lesson
● Something to play the video
“Christmas Triptych” handout for each child
● Colored pencils
● Scissors
● Red or green cardstock paper (optional: construction paper)
● Glue stick

The Children’s Sermon:
You’ll Need:
● Cupcake with a candle
● Something to light the candle
Get Ready: You’ll need a helper who will light the candle on the cupcake and bring it
out at the end of the children’s sermon.
SAY: It's here! It's finally here! Christmas is finally here! I just love Christmas, don't
you? What do you like best about Christmas? Is it the Christmas tree with its
blinking lights? (Allow children to answer.)
SAY: Maybe you like the beautiful music or the delicious Christmas goodies.
Perhaps it's Christmas dinner with turkey and dressing and all of the trimmings. For
some it might be all of the parties or visiting with family and friends. For many
people the best thing about Christmas is the presents — both the ones we give and
the ones we receive. Especially the ones we receive!
SAY: Hmm...Can you think of anything I have left out? (Allow children to answer.) Oh
yes! It's someone's birthday, isn't it? Whose birthday is it? That's right! It’s Jesus'
birthday.
ASK: What do you know about Jesus’ birthday? (Allow children to answer.)
SAY: You know, sometimes we get so caught up in all of the decorations, lights,
parties, and presents that we miss the real Christmas. That reminds me of a story I
heard about a little boy who had always wanted to go to a circus.
One day the boy was walking down the street when he saw a poster in a store
window. The poster said that a circus was coming to town and that a ticket to the
circus cost one dollar. The boy ran home and asked his father if he would give him a
dollar to go to the circus on Saturday.
His father told him that if he would work hard and get all of his chores done, he
would give him a dollar to go to the circus. Saturday morning came and the boy got
up early and did all of his chores.
"I have all of my chores done," the boy told his dad.
The boy's father gave him a dollar and the boy headed into town filled with
excitement about seeing wild animals, trapeze artists, and all of the things that
come with a circus. Since he arrived in town so early, he was on the front row when
the circus parade started down the main street of town. The boy was thrilled when
the animals and other circus acts paraded by.
At the end of the parade came the clowns and following the clowns was the
ringmaster. When the ringmaster passed by where he was standing, the boy ran
out into the street, took his folded dollar bill from his pocket, and handed it to the
ringmaster.
"Thanks," mister, said the boy, "that was a great circus." Then he turned around
and walked home. He never knew what he had missed. He thought he had been to
the circus, but he had only been to the parade.
ASK: What do you think about what happened to the little boy? (Allow children to
answer.)
If we are not careful, we can be like that little boy. We can get so caught up in the
celebration, the decorations, and the gifts that we miss the real Christmas — the
birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, it’s your birthday. We pray that we won't get so caught up in the
celebration that we miss the real meaning of Christmas. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Have your helper bring out the cupcake with the lit candle. Then lead children in
singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus and blow out the candle.


“Jesus Is Born” Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “Jesus Is Born” video lesson
● Something to play the video


Do This: Tell kids that this is a video that will help them understand more about the
real meaning of Christmas. Show them the video.
ASK:
● Where were you born?
● What do you think it would be like for a baby to be born in a barn?
● Why do you think God allowed His son to be born in a barn?
SAY: Jesus is God’s Son and He was born in a very lowly place. Just think about
this: Jesus lived in heaven but He was willing to come to Earth and be born in this
lowly place because He loves us so much!


Christmas Triptych Craft
You’ll Need:
“Christmas Triptych” handout for each child
● Colored pencils
● Scissors
● Red or green cardstock paper (optional: construction paper)
● Glue stick
Get Ready:
A triptych is a 3-panel scene that is typically hinged together side by side and used as
an altarpiece. In this lesson, children will make their own version of a Christmas
triptych.
Do This:
Help children follow these steps:
● Color the “Christmas Triptych” handout.
● Cut out the picture along the cut lines.
● Lay a sheet of cardstock in landscape mode.
● Fold the paper into thirds from left side in to right side in.
● Glue the picture onto the center of the cardstock paper.
● Set up your Triptych for viewing and to enjoy.
Encourage children to take their Christmas Triptych home and display it in a prominent
place.

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