Symbols of Christmas
It's December! As your families are counting down to Christmas day we know you will be looking for meaningful ways to talk about Christ, his birth and life. If you are looking for an easy, meaningful resource, you're in the right place! This lesson bundle teaches about some of the symbols of Christmas and how each one points us to Christ. We hope this will invite the true spirit of Christmas into your homes this season!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
-The Austin Family
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➤ L E S S O N
Open the lesson with a song and a prayer.
🎶 O P E N I N G S O N G : "Away in a Manger"
➤ P R E P A R A T I O N
You will need several sheets of paper and some scissors. Cut a large heart shape out of one of the papers. Cut several other large shapes out of the remaining sheets of paper (rectangle, triangle, circle, square, star, etc.).
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Place all of the shapes in a row in front of the children so that everyone can see them. Then discuss the following questions:
1) If you wanted to say “I love you” to someone without using words, what shape would you want to give to them? (The heart shape!)
2) Why would you choose the heart shape? (Discuss.)
Explain: The heart shape is a symbol for love! Symbols can help us understand many things and they can help us remember things too! When Heavenly Father teaches us, He often uses symbols! Today we are going to learn about some of the symbols of Christmas!
🎥 V I D E O : "Symbols of Baptism | Animated Scripture Lesson for Kids"
Now we are going to watch a video about the symbols of Christmas! See if you can remember what the symbols mean!
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
1) What symbols do you remember? (Discuss.)
2) What do all of the Christmas symbols make us think about? (Jesus Christ!)
3) Can you think of other symbols that help us remember Jesus Christ? (The cross, the bread and water when we take the sacrament, etc.)
4) Why do you think Heavenly Father wants us to remember Jesus Christ? (Because we need Him!)
➤ S C R I P T U R E
Read the following scriptures and discuss the questions that follow.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
1) Who is the light of the world? (Jesus Christ!)
2) What does it mean to walk in darkness? (It means that we don’t know what to do or where to go. We are lost.)
3) What does it mean to have the light of Christ in our life? (It means we will see the truth and we will know where to do and what to do!)
4) What Christmas symbol reminds us that Jesus Christ is the light of the world? (Christmas lights!)
And it had come to pass, yea, all things, every whit, according to the words of the prophets. And it came to pass also that a new star did appear, according to the word.
1) What did the prophets say would happen when Christ was born? (They said a new star would appear!)
2) What happened when Christ was born? (A new star appeared!)
3) Who saw the new star? (Everyone was able to see it!)
4) What Christmas symbol reminds us about the new star? (The star on the top of the tree.)
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.
1) What gift did God give to the world? (He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.)
2) Why did God give us the gift of Jesus Christ? (Because He loved us so much.)
3) What Christmas symbol reminds us of the gift that God gave us? (Christmas presents!)
➤ A C T I V I T Y
[Pass out coloring page]
Invite children to complete the “Christmas Symbols” matching activity. Use this time to talk about Jesus Christ, and why His birth and His atonement are so important to us.
➤ T E S T I M O N Y
Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.
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