KidMin Mama: Celebrating Jesus' Birthday

Happy Tuesday! We're only 11 sleeps away from the much-anticipated Christmas Day, and here at Kid's Church, we are busy preparing for our Happy Birthday Jesus Party. While I will share all the exciting details...

Happy Tuesday! We're only 11 sleeps away from the much-anticipated Christmas Day, and here at Kid's Church, we are busy preparing for our Happy Birthday Jesus Party. While I will share all the exciting details of our party in a future post, today I want to focus on the brief lesson I'll be teaching.

Bringing Joy to All Ages

Since our party caters to preschoolers (ages 3 and up), I want to ensure that the lesson I'm teaching resonates with both the youngest and oldest attendees. To achieve this, I have designed a lesson plan with three key elements: funny interaction, storytelling, and scripture.

To make this lesson engaging, I recommend having a second person join you. They can either act as a puppet or simply embrace their silly side (maybe by wearing an elf or Santa hat). This additional character will bring an extra layer of fun to the lesson.

Happy Birthday Jesus Lesson Caption: Let's make learning about Jesus' birth a joyful experience for all ages.

The Importance of Christmas

Teacher 1: Hi Friends! What a fantastic party we've had tonight. I absolutely love Christmas time, don't you? You know, Christmas is about so many things, but there's one aspect that stands above all others. Can you guess what it is?

Puppet/Teacher 2: Presents! It's all about the presents!

Teacher 1: Oh, Ms. Puppet/Teacher 2, that's not what I was going to say at all. The most important thing about Christmas is...

Puppet/Teacher 2: Gifts and presents! I'm not sure what the difference is, but I like them both! I even brought my Christmas list today. I want an Apple Watch, cute boots, a matching purse...

Teacher 1: Hold on a minute, Ms. Puppet/Teacher 2. Presents are fun, but that's not what Christmas is truly about.

Puppet/Teacher 2: Really? But I mentioned all the fun Christmas things like cookies, lights, carols, candy canes, parties, ugly sweaters, and decorations. And, of course, the presents!

Teacher 1: You're right, all those things are fun, but they're not the most important part. Let me share a book with all of you that I think will help us understand the true meaning of Christmas. It's called "What is Christmas?" by Michelle Medlock Adams.

Puppet/Teacher 2: Duh! Of course, Christmas is all about baby Jesus! Without His birth, there wouldn't be any Christmas. He came to rescue us from our sins and restore our relationship with God. I got so caught up in all the fun stuff that I forgot.

Teacher 1: Absolutely! It's so easy to get distracted by the fun aspects of Christmas. But none of the things you mentioned were bad. They just aren't the most important part. Jesus' birth is the reason we're having this party - to celebrate His birthday!

Jessica Caption: Jessica, our joyful companion, helping us discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Let's Celebrate Together

Puppet/Teacher 2: This has been such a fun party! I wonder what it was like on the night Jesus was born. Do you think the angels had a big celebration too?

Teacher 1: I'm certain they did! Let's read about that special celebration in Luke 2:8-20 (ICB).

8 That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep.
9 An angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and suddenly they became very frightened.
10 The angel said to them, "Don't be afraid, because I am bringing you some good news. It will be a joy to all the people.
11 Today your Savior was born in David's town. He is Christ, the Lord.
12 This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a feeding box."
13 Then, a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel. All the angels were praising God, saying:
14 "Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace to the people who please God."
15 Then the angels left the shepherds and went back to heaven. The shepherds said to each other, "Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened. We will see this thing the Lord told us about."
16 So the shepherds went quickly and found Mary and Joseph.
17 And the shepherds saw the baby lying in a feeding box. Then they told what the angels had said about this child.
18 Everyone was amazed when they heard what the shepherds said to them.
19 Mary hid these things in her heart; she continued to think about them.
20 Then the shepherds went back to their sheep, praising God and thanking him for everything that they had seen and heard. It was just as the angel had told them.

Puppet/Teacher 2: They sure knew how to throw a big party! Even the shepherds got to join in on the celebration.

Teacher 1: It was indeed a grand celebration, and tonight, we will continue that joyous party! We have a special birthday cake to honor Jesus' birthday.

Puppet/Teacher 2: Can we sing Happy Birthday too?

Teacher 1: Absolutely! Let's bring on the cake and sing our hearts out!

I hope you can incorporate this lesson into your holiday plans in the next two weeks. For your convenience, I've included a printable PDF version of the lesson, as well as links to the books and other fun resources below.

Printable Resources

Thank you for allowing me to share this lesson with you. Let's keep the celebration alive and remember the true reason behind Christmas - the birth of Jesus!

KidMin Mama Caption: KidMin Mama, bringing the joy of Jesus' birth to children everywhere.

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