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A Christmas Object Lesson...or Two...or More

Ideas for a Christmas object lesson can be found in so many of the items that arrive during the Christmas season - the gifts, the lights, the decorations and even the candy!

These Christmas object lessons can be used with groups of kids at church or with your own children as you walk with them daily pointing them to Jesus during this CHRISTmas season!

A Gift:

A Christmas present can tell a wonderful Bible object lesson about God's most precious gift and the true meaning of Christmas!

Scripture: John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8

Hold up a wrapped Christmas gift. Lead the kids to discuss the giving of gifts at Christmas and how much fun it is to give.

Ask questions like:

Do you have to work or pay to receive a gift? Why do we give gifts? How do you know who the gift is for?

Tell them God sent us a special gift that is for everyone. Quote John 3:16. Tell them that really means EVERYONE - all people, you, them, - anyone that would like to receive it.

Explain that we don't have to earn the gift or do anything other than receive it. Read Ephesians 2:8: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--"

However, the gift is not really ours until we choose to receive it. It is of no use to us unless we take it for ourselves, unwrap it, and make it our own.

God's gift of salvation through Jesus Christ is the same. It is not ours automatically. We must first choose to receive it.

Matthew 7:8: " For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."

John 3:36: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."

M&Ms with a Christmas Poem:

I LOVE M&Ms and I also love that someone (unknown to me) has used them to tell the Good News of the CHRISTmas story! This makes another great Christmas object lesson!

This is a great evangelism tool for this time of year with a simple bag of M&Ms! Talk about a supernatural treat!

As you hold these candies in your hand,
And turn them you will see
The M becomes a W, and E and then a 3
They tell the Christmas story,
It's one I'm sure you know
It took place in a stable a long, long time ago
The E is for the East, where the star shone so bright
The M is for the manger where Baby Jesus slept that night
The 3 is for the wisemen, bearing gifts they say they came
W is for Worship, Hallelujah, Praise His Name
So as you eat these candies or share them with a friend
Remember the meaning of Christmas it's a Love Story that never ends

Here is a cute printable of the M&M Christmas poem from Prepared-Not-Scared Blog!

A Candy Cane Christmas Object Lesson:

You've probably heard the "Story of the Candy Cane." The candy cane is a beautiful Christmas object lesson with which to share the true meaning of Christmas.

Hold up a candy cane or give every child one to hold. Have them describe it to you.

As they share their observations, tell them how each tells about Jesus Christ.

"the white" - Jesus was pure and holy; He was without sin.

Hebrews 4:15: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. "

The white is also a picture of how God washes our sins away and makes us white as snow when we trust in Jesus as our Saviour.

Isaiah 1:18: ""Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."

"the red stripes" - the red, of course, is a picture of the blood Jesus shed for each of us; the red stripes depict the stripes on His back as He was beaten

Isaiah 53:5: "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. " (KJV)

"the hardness of the candy" - the hardness represents that Jesus is our "Rock"; if we build our lives upon Him, they will be secure and lasting

Luke 6:38: "He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. "

Ephesians 2:20: "built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone."

1 Peter 2:6: "For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."

"the candy cane's shape" - the candy cane is shaped like a shepherd's staff; the Bible calls Jesus our Good Shepherd who watches over us and cares for us; we are called the sheep of His pasture

John 10:11: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."

Psalm 100:3: "Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture."

"upside down candy cane" - if you turn the cany cane upside down though, it makes a J for Jesus!

Matthew 1:21: "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

The Legend of the Candy Cane - online

Easy Craft for Candy Cane Ornament

21247: The Legend of the Candy Cane The Legend of the Candy Cane
By Lori Walburg / Zonderkidz

One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers the fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to the town's dreams. Now will she share what she has learned? Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
90330X: Legend of the Candy Cane, Christmas Bookmark, 25 Legend of the Candy Cane, Christmas Bookmark, 25
By Warner Press

Celebrate at Christmastime with these festive bookmarks that tell the story behind the season's most beloved candy---the candy cane.

Front reads:
The Legend of the Candy Cane
Look at the Candy Cane---what do you see? Stripes that are red like the blood shed for me. White is for my Savior who's sinless and pure! "J" is for Jesus, my Lord, that's for sure! Turn it around and a staff you will see---Jesus, my shepherd, was born for me! ---Author Unknown

Back reads:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Attach real candy canes and turn these bookmarks into fun little Christmas gifts!

Package of 25 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" bookmarks.

Please note: Colors are only approximate and will vary with the settings of your monitor.

Christmas Lights:

Use Christmas lights for a Christmas object lesson that teaches about the light of Christ!

Bring a string of Christmas lights to plug in and light up. Ask kids why we have Christmas lights. Ask them to think about what light is good for.

One of the greatest things about light is that it helps us to see. The Bible calls Jesus the "light of the world."  Each color of the lights can help us remember this about Him!

Still More Ideas for Christmas Object Lessons:

This Christmas object lesson using  Jingle Bells relates the sound of joy the bells make to the joy in our hearts because of Jesus.  Without the little ball jingling around in the bell, there is no joyful sound, and without Jesus in our heart, neither is there joy.  Such a fun and quick Christmas object lesson!

A fun Christmas craft is also a great way to teach an object lesson as you create!  This Salvation Christmas Ornament is simple to make and has a wonderful story to go along with it!

You can also use the  "Legend of the Christmas Tree" combined with the  different color Christmas bulbs to give a Christmas object lesson on the plan of salvation.

Our "Journey with Jesus" 25 Christmas Countdown Photos can also be easily adapted to become an easy Christmas object lesson!

Of course a Nativity Set is an ideal object to use for a Christmas Bible lesson!  We've put together a Nativity Story Script and lesson plan for this purpose!

"The Best Gift" is another Christmas object lesson that presents salvation to children.

A Christmas object lesson can become a reminder of God's great love during the whole Christmas season. Parents as well as Sunday school teachers can focus the hearts and minds of children on the true meaning of Christmas -"Jesus." A Christmas object lesson also can become a visible children's sermon for pastors.

From Children's Books:

A Christmas object lesson can also be found using children's books. Following are a few great Christian children's books that also capture the true meaning of Christmas and keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas:

The Crippled Lamb
By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Introduce your little ones to this classic tale by Max Lucado and teach your children that God has a plan for everyone. Joshua is a lamb with a crippled leg that always feels left out when all the other lambs run and play and he cannot. But God has a very special plan for Joshua's life, as He does for all who feel alone. Recommended for ages 4-8. 32 pages, hardcover from Thomas Nelson.

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