As you pull each item out (it’s best done in order) you simply explain what they symbolize. Either lay them on a table or ask people to hold them up so everyone can see the flow of the illustration, this also makes it easy to recap at various points of the talk.
Wrapped up present
Read the label which can say Merry Christmas to you all or something similar. Open it and look inside and then get these items out one at a time.
Crown & World (globe or map): This works well if the crown can sit on the earth like a hat.
Jesus is King and the creator of the world
Ask, why would someone make a mess in this nice present by putting hay in it and then move on quickly
Torch/candle OR light inside the earth/Globe
Jesus is the light of the world who can offer hope in this dark world
Jesus came to show us what God is like and in particular we see that God is love
God always has time to listen and to talk with us – he wants to know us!
Cracker/ Party Popper
Surprise : Immanuel means God with us!
We thought this hay was spoiling the nice present but it is an important part of God’s gift. Talk about the birthplace of Jesus:
- Why would God choose the place where the animals lived?
- Why did God choose for his son to be born into the world in such poverty?
God becomes human and he comes in such a way that he can identify with all of humanity rather than just the rich or the elite.
Toy Fire Engine
Jesus came to rescue us (press sirens if there is a sound effect and do so at any point in a recap you say and Jesus came to rescue/save us)
He will save his people from their sins: He came to remove the barrier of sin between us and God
Jesus took the sin on the world on himself so that the barrier between us and God could be removed
Invitation: (Hand write something on a card)
Jesus invites us to follow him. He promises to be with us always and that he will never leave us or forsake us
Jesus Came as a gift, he free & to all and there is plenty to go around!
Especially towards the end, recap where you have got to: ‘So Jesus is the King of the world, he’s the light of the world, he loves us ….’ etc
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Explaining the Christmas Story Using a Quiz: The quiz highlights the important points of the Christmas/nativity story and there is a link to a downloadable Powerpoint.