Purpose: To reflect on the true meaning of celebrating Christmas, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Song: “Away In A Manager”
Scripture: Luke 2: 1-14
Young Children~ Print & Use this with the Christmas Story. *Manger Cut Out
Tweens~ Print & Use Nativity Matching Game
Teens, Groups, Couples,Individuals~
What Is Christmas?
Christmas is prophecy fulfilled. On the eve of His birth, the voice of the Lord came unto Nephi, saying, “Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.”
What did the holy prophets of old declare? Isaiah, more than 700 years before the birth of Christ, prophesied, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
On the American continent, King Benjamin said, “For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent … shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay. … He shall suffer temptations, and pain. … And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.”
Then came that night of nights when the shepherds were abiding in the fields and the angel of the Lord appeared to them, announcing: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. … For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
The shepherds with haste went to the manger to pay honor to Christ the Lord. Later, wise men journeyed from the East to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. … When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
Since that time, the spirit of giving gifts has been present in the mind of each Christian as he or she commemorates the Christmas season. Our Heavenly Father gave to us His Son, Jesus Christ. That precious Son gave to us His life, the Atonement, and victory over the grave.
What will you and I give for Christmas this year? Let us in our lives give to our Lord and Savior the gift of gratitude by living His teachings and following in His footsteps. It was said of Him that He “went about doing good.” As we do likewise, the Christmas spirit will be ours. ~President Thomas S. Monson
Story: “Maybe Christmas Doesn’t Come From A Store” ~ Elder Jeffery R. Holland
Young Children~ Coloring Pages
Make your Own Manger ~ From LDS.org
The Christmas Story ~ From LDS.org
Meaning Of Christmas Decorations~ from LDS.org
Want an activity for the older children? Have them observe Christmas decorations around the house or around the neighborhood and write down the decorations they see and what they think each of them symbolize. Compare the lists and talk about their meanings.
Bells: Sheep bells
Candy canes: Shepherd’s staff
Lights, candles, star: The star that appeared on the night of Jesus’ birth
Holly: The crown of thorns
Evergreen tree: Eternal life
Green, ivy: Life and hope
Red, holly berries: The blood of Christ
Beautiful Videos from LDS.org to Help Aid in the Spirit and Testimony of Christmas
JUST A NOTE:
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