25 Days of Scriptures & Activities for Christmas

Free calendar and lesson plan with 25 Scriptures and Activities for Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Today I have a new reading schedule for Christmas! This schedule has 25 days with 25 different Scriptures and suggested activities. You can download in a calendar format or as a lesson plan with more detailed instructions . . . or, scroll down, and find the whole thing on this page! (Tip: If you use the calendar, you might want to have your child color in each space as you go to keep track of your progress!)

I hope you are able to use this with your family this Christmas!

Keep serving Jesus!

Cheri

25 Days of Christmas (Advent Calendar pdf)

 

25 Days of Christmas Scriptures & Activities (full instructions pdf)

December 1st:

  • Read John 1:1-5, 14
  • Turn off all the lights in your house. Then plug in your Christmas lights. Notice how the light shines in the darkness – the same way Jesus did and the same way we should! Don’t have your Christmas tree up yet? Light a candle!
  • Sing “Here I am to Worship”
  • Make a Christmas Candle Paper Craft. 

December 2nd:

  • Read Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5-6 & Matthew 1:1
  • These verses show us the prophecy that Jesus would be from the line of David – and the fulfillment of that prophecy! Jesus’s earthly parents were both descended from David. David was in his family tree! Use your Christmas tree to explain the idea of a “family tree”. Start at the top of your tree – if David was the top branch of the tree, his son (Solomon) was the branch right under him . . . and so on . . . Go all the way until you get to the bottom of the tree . . . then Jesus came along! He is the most important branch on this tree! The one who holds the whole tree up! Without Jesus, this tree would fall down. Jesus is the foundation of this tree – just like He should be the foundation of our lives!
  • Make a Christmas tree craft for your tree.
  • Eat Christmas tree snack cakes!
  • Check out this fun genealogy song:  

December 3rd:

  • Read Isaiah 7:10-14
  • This is another prophecy about Jesus! According to these verses, Jesus was going to be called Immanuel, which means God with us! Isn’t it amazing to think of God living right among us as a baby? That’s exactly what happened!
  • When people are expecting a baby, they often have a baby shower – a special party to celebrate the fact that a baby is coming. Have a baby shower for Jesus today! Eat cupcakes, drink punch, and celebrate!
  • Go out and buy a new baby shower gift – diapers, an outfit, anything at all! Take this gift to your local Pregnancy Resource Center to be used to help pregnant moms who could use the extra help!
  • Make an Immanuel craft.  

December 4th:

  • Read Luke 1:26-38
  • Mary was chosen to be the earthly mom of Jesus! She wasn’t sure how this was going to happen, but she trusted God and did what He wanted her to do. Who told Mary that she was going to be the mother of Jesus? The angel Gabriel. If you have a nativity scene, act out this passage using your Mary and angel pieces. If you don’t have a nativity scene, you can use dolls, minifigures, or even yourselves!
  • Make an angel craft.  
  • Make an angel snack craft using bugles and pretzels.  

December 5th:

  • Read Matthew 1:18-25
  • Yesterday we read Mary’s story. Here’s Joseph’s! Joseph also did what God told him to do – even though it seemed to go against what he thought he should do at first! He also trusted God. Do you trust God? Are you willing to obey Him no matter what?
  • Joseph was also visited by an angel! Make another angel craft – this one using paint and your child’s handprints! Use handprints for the wings and body and then draw (or glue a circle cut out of paper) for the head. Let your child draw the facial features and anything else he/she wants to add to the picture.
  • Eat angel food cake!

December 6th:

  • Read Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
  • Here is a birth announcement for Jesus – hundreds of years before he was born! Look at the names that are used for Jesus in these verses. Write the names on index cards and hide each card somewhere in your room. Send your child on a “Name of Jesus” search. Each time he/she finds an index card with a name of Jesus on it, stop and talk about what that name means. Play this game as many times as your child wants!
  • Find a fun song for these verses here:  

December 7th:

  • Read Micah 5:2-5
  • Here’s another prophecy – this one telling us where Jesus was going to be born – hundreds of years before his birth! Where does Micah say Jesus will be born? The town of Bethlehem!
  • Make your own little town of Bethlehem using gingerbread houses.  

Use graham crackers, frosting, and candy to make your own little town of Bethlehem

December 8th:

  • Read Luke 2:1-7
  • Here we see the fulfillment of yesterday’s Scripture. Mary and Joseph have to travel to Bethlehem for the census, and while they are there, Jesus is born!
  • Make a baby Jesus snack using string cheese and ham! Cut the string cheese in half and wrap the ham around it . . . just like Mary wrapped baby Jesus in swaddling clothes. Go even further and make a manger out of pretzels and use shoestring potatoes for straw! Put baby Jesus in the manger!

December 9th:

  • Read Luke 2:8-20
  • Make candy cane cookies to remind you of the shepherds’ staffs! Don’t want to make cookies? Eat a candy cane instead!
  • Act this passage of Scripture out using your nativity scene (or anything else you have)

December 10th:

  • Read Luke 2:21-38
  • Jesus is now 8 days old and he is presented at the temple – where he meets two people who have been waiting for the Messiah to be born! How do you think Simeon and Anna felt when they saw Jesus?
  • It was at this time when Jesus was given his name. Make a name of Jesus ornament for your tree! One way you can do this is to cut 5 circles out of different colored construction paper. Put one letter of Jesus’s name on each circle using glitter, stickers, markers, paint, or anything else you have on hand! Punch a hole in each circle and tie them together with ribbon. Hang it on your Christmas tree!

December 11th:

  • Read Psalm 72:8-13
  • Another prophecy! This one prophecies the kings coming to visit Jesus and bringing Him gifts!
  • Have you done any Christmas shopping yet? Wrap some of your presents and put them under the tree!
  • Make a homemade gift for someone who could use some cheering up. Wrap it up and take it to that person!

December 12th:

  • Read Matthew 2:1-12
  • The Magi saw the star and followed that star to find Jesus! Make a star craft for your tree. Cut a star shape out of any type of paper and give your child craft supplies to decorate it. Punch a hole in the top and use ribbon to attach it to the tree!
  • Play “follow the star”. Similar to follow the leader, except one of you is the “star”. You could even make a star and hold that star up as you lead. Have fun following the star to Bethlehem!

December 13th:

  • Read Hosea 11:1, Matthew 2:13-14
  • King Herod did not like the fact that a new king was born and Jesus was in danger! Joseph was warned in a dream, and the family quickly left for Egypt. Find Egypt on a map. Find Bethlehem. Discuss the trip they took to get to safety.
  • Jesus was a King! Make a crown ornament for you tree. Trace the shape of a crown on hard paper, cut it out and let your child decorate it. Use ribbon to attach it to the tree.

December 14th:

  • Read Jeremiah 31:15, Matthew 2:16-18
  • This is a very sad passage of Scripture, but it is part of what happened when Jesus came to earth as a baby. Talk with your child about the terrible things that happened because of Herod’s hatred towards Jesus. Herod did not value human life at all – and today, many people still do not value human life. But we know that every life is precious because every person was made in the image of God.
  • Spend time today praying for people to realize that every life is precious!

December 15th:

  • Read Luke 2:39-40
  • Now they are living in Nazareth, where Jesus grew up. Jesus grew up . . . just like you are growing up. Talk about some of the things that Jesus may have done as a child. What things are similar to what you do? What things are different?
  • What do you think it was like to be the brother or sister of Jesus? Mary and Joseph had other kids after Jesus was born . . . can you imagine having Jesus as a big brother? Help your child write (or draw) what that would have been like.

December 16th:

  • Read Philippians 2:5-11
  • Jesus humbled himself – he became like a servant – and we need to be servants, too! What are some ways that you can serve the people around you? Look for ways to be a servant today.
  • Someday every knee is going to bow and every tongue is going to confess that Jesus is Lord! Eat fruit roll ups today (let the fruit roll ups remind you of tongues!)

December 17th:

  • Read Matthew 26:47-56
  • Now we are getting to the reason Jesus came to earth. He came to die for our sins! This passage talks about what happened when Jesus was arrested.
  • Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Make a snack using pretzels, Hershey kisses, and red and green m&ms. Put one kiss in the center of each pretzel. Cook them in an oven (350 degrees) for 3 minutes. Place an m&m on each kiss and push it down. Let it cool. Now you have a Christmas snack you can eat that can also remind you of the night Jesus was betrayed.

December 18th:

  • Read Matthew 27:33-54
  • Make a cross ornament for your Christmas tree
  • Use pretzel rods to make a cross snack! Melt chocolate chips (or white chocolate) and dip the pretzel rods in the melted chocolate first. Then add sprinkles. Let it harden and then eat your snack.

December 19th:

  • Read Matthew 27:57-66
  • Jesus died on that cross and then he was placed in a tomb. A rock was placed in front of the tomb. Paint a rock today. Add it to your Christmas decorations.
  • Use playdough to make a tomb. Put your painted rock in front of it. Leave it there overnight.

December 20:

  • Read Matthew 28:1-10
  • Yay! Jesus is alive! Have a race to see who can get to Jesus’s tomb first . . . designate a place as the tomb and have races to see who can get there first!
  • Make empty tomb crescent roll snacks. Roll a marshmallow in sugar and cinnamon, place the marshmallow inside a crescent roll, cook the crescent roll according to package instructions. When you take it out of the oven, the marshmallow should be gone!

December 21st:

  • Read John 20:19-31
  • Make a wreath showing the life of Christ! Use a paper plate, ribbon, and muffin tins. Cut out the center of the paper plate. On the muffin tins, draw a different scene from Jesus’s life. Some things to include could be his birth, the shepherds and angels, the wise men, his crucifixion, and an empty tomb. Glue the muffin tins around the outside of the paper plate. Put a bow on the top and you now have your own wreath!
  • Find some nails. Tie them together with ribbon and hang them on your tree to remind you of Jesus’s sacrifice.

December 22nd:

  • Read Acts 1:1-9
  • Jesus wants us to be his witnesses to the whole world! Make a world ornament today. Use a plain glass or plastic ornament, a map of the world, and mod podge. Cut several circles out of your map of the world and then mod podge them onto the ornament. If you’d like, add a cross over the map to remind you to take the Gospel into the whole world. Tie a ribbon through the top and add this to your tree.
  • Going into the whole world starts with your own neighborhood! Make Christmas Cookies and pass them out to your neighbors. Add a homemade card with a Bible verse or an invitation to come to church with you. Deliver them to your neighbors!

December 23rd:

  • Read Romans 5:6-11
  • Jesus died for you! Make a beaded ornament to remind you of what Jesus did for us! Use a pipe cleaner and add beads for the following colors: Black: sin, Red: the blood of Jesus, Blue: Baptism, White: Jesus cleanses us from our sins, Green: growing in Jesus, Yellow: the promise of heaven. Do those colors in the same order over and over until the pipe cleaner is filled. Shape it to be a circle (wreath) and attach it together. Add a ribbon and tie it on the tree.
  • Make a photo ornament craft.  

December 24th:

  • Read Acts 2:37-47
  • Make church window cookies to remind you of the importance of meeting together as a church! Melt one bag (or more) of chocolate chips in a pan on the stove. Allow it to cool a little and then add an equal amount of bags of mini colored marshmallows. Mix it together. Then split the mixture up into rolls on waxed paper and put them in the refrigerator to harden (at least 24 hours). Take them out, unwrap them, and slice them and you have yummy church window cookies!
  • Buy presents and take them to someone who is in need!

December 25th:

  • Read John 3:16-17
  • Spend time today thanking Jesus for his gift to us!
  • Merry Christmas!!

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The Best Gift of All: A Christmas Lesson for Kids

A FREE Bible Lesson for elementary aged kids about the birth of Jesus Christ! Use this lesson to help your kids understand that Jesus was — and still is — the best gift of all!

This is a lesson to help introduce the Christmas season with your elementary aged kids. It focuses on the Old Testament prophecies related to the birth of Christ and ends by reinforcing that Jesus was — and still is — the best gift of all!

Enjoy!

Cheri 

The Best Gift of All Christmas Lesson

Christmas 2018 Lesson Elementary (printable pdf)

 

 Opening Activities:

1. Beforehand, have a small Christmas tree set up in the corner of your room. As the kids arrive, give them different ornaments and decorations to help decorate the tree. Play Christmas music as they are doing this. Say: Christmas is coming soon! It is fun to decorate for Christmas and to celebrate Christmas, isn’t it? And it’s fun to get and give gifts on Christmas day! Today we are going to talk about the greatest gift of all! (If you don’t want to have a Christmas tree set up, you could do the same thing with a bulletin board. Draw a Christmas tree and have the kids draw/color/glue decorations on that tree.)

2. Have a gift wrapping race! Divide your kids into groups. Give each group tape, wrapping paper, and a box. They have to be the first group to wrap their “present”. The catch? Each person can only use one of their hands – -and NOT the hand they normally use! For example, if they write with their right hands, they can only use their left hands for this task! Good luck! When the kids finish, laugh at the experience (and the wrapping job) and say: You guys did a pretty good job wrapping these gifts. Wrapping gifts at Christmas time can be fun. It is fun to give and get gifts, isn’t it? Today we are going to talk about the very best gift ever given – and this gift is the reason we celebrate Christmas today!

3. Bring in a few of your favorite Christmas gifts from years past. Show the kids these gifts, telling them why you like them so much. Then ask the kids: What was one of the best Christmas gifts you’ve ever gotten? Let a few of the kids answer. Say: Can anyone tell me exactly what you are going to get for Christmas this year? How about 3 years from now? Who can tell me exactly what gifts will be under their Christmas tree ten years from now? No one can honestly answer those questions – we just don’t know. There was one gift, however, that came 2000 years ago, and several people told us exactly how this gift was going to come – hundreds of years BEFORE that gift arrived! We are going to talk about this very special gift today.

The Lesson:

Beforehand: Cut out the Scripture strips at the end of this lesson, put each scripture strip in a box and wrap it like a present. If you have a Christmas tree set up in the room, put the Scripture strip presents under the tree. (You can also use stockings and have one Christmas strip in each stocking if you prefer). (See the downloadable pdf for a copy of the Scripture Strips Sheet).

You will also need either one large present with one large cross inside (or several little crosses – one to send home with each child), or several small presents wrapped with crosses inside (enough for each child to have his/her own present). These crosses can be as simple as a cross cut out of construction paper.

Gather the kids together and have them sit in a circle. Point to the tree and say, Christmas will soon be here. On Christmas, we remember the greatest gift ever given – the gift of Jesus Christ! Jesus came to earth as a baby over 2,000 years ago . . . but did you know that it was prophesied that he would come long before that? Hold up your Bible. This Bible is divided into two sections – the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament tells about the history of God’s people before Jesus came to earth as a baby. It starts with creation and ends about 400 years before Jesus was born. In this section of the Bible are some prophecies that were spoken about the birth of Jesus – hundreds of years before He was born – and EACH ONE happened, just like it was said! Today, we are going to look at some of these prophecies.

Take the first present out from under the tree. Play some music while the kids pass the present around the circle. When the music stops, whoever has the present needs to open the present, take out the Scripture Strip, and read the verse on the Scripture strip. Discuss each verse right after it is read. Then repeat the game until all the Scripture strips have been read and discussed.

Discussion Guide:

1. Isaiah 11:1-2: These verses tells us that Jesus would be from the family of Jesse – who was the father of King David. In other words, Jesus would be born into the same family that King David was! This happened! Both of Jesus’ earthly parents – Mary and Joseph – were in the family of King David!

2.Jeremiah 23:5-6: These verses also tell us that Jesus would be born from the same family as King David. King David himself was even promised that one day one of His descendants would be a king that would reign forever – and Jesus does! Jesus’s kingdom will never end!

3. Isaiah 7:14: This verse tells us that Jesus would be born of a virgin – a woman who is not married and had never been with a man like a married woman is! Guess what? Jesus’s earthly mother was Mary – a young lady who was not yet married and had never been with a man. This is a miracle – but it really happened – just like Isaiah said it would! This verse also tells us that His name would be Immanuel. Do you know what Immanuel means? It means “God with us”. Jesus was God coming down to earth to be right here with us!

4. Micah 5:2: This verse tells us EXACTLY where Jesus was going to be born! What town did it say? The town of Bethlehem. Micah wrote these words hundreds of years before Jesus was born – and they came true! Jesus’s earthly parents had to travel to Bethlehem right before Jesus was born and Jesus ended up being born while they were there – just like Micah had prophesied hundreds of years before!

5. Psalm 72:10: What does this verse sound like it is prophesying? After Jesus was born, some people called Magi (also known as wise men or kings) came looking for him. They saw a special star in the sky that told them a special king had been born, so they went searching for him. They brought him special gifts – does anyone know what they were? Gifts of gold, frankincense and myrhh. These verses in Psalm predicted that those kings would come looking for Jesus and that they would bring him gifts!

6. Jeremiah 31:15: These verses tell of something very sad that would happen close to Jesus’s birth. When the Magi went looking for Jesus, they went to the palace first. That makes sense, doesn’t it? If you are looking for a king, wouldn’t you expect him to be in the palace? However, Jesus wasn’t in the palace – but King Herod was. When King Herod heard that a baby had been born who would one day be king, he got very jealous. He ordered all the baby boys age two and under to be killed! That made so many people very, very sad . . . which is what this verse is talking about. Jeremiah told what King Herod would do hundreds of years before it happened!

When all the gifts have been opened, say: All of those verses we just read were written by people hundreds of years before Jesus was born – and each one of those verses happened just as they were written! Isn’t that amazing to think about? God had the plan to give us this greatest gift of all from the very beginning!

But what was so special about the gift of Jesus? Why did we need a gift like that?

Take out the last present. (If it is possible, have individual crosses wrapped for each of your kids so that they can each open their own present. You could also do this with one large box that has several little crosses in it and pass the crosses out after opening the last present.)

Say: Jesus was a very special gift. He never did anything wrong! He lived a perfect life, and when He grew up, He gave us an even greater gift. Do you know what that gift was? There’s a hint in these presents. Let’s open them and see!

Open the last present (or give each kid a present and let them open up their own present to reveal the cross inside. Say: When Jesus was older, He took the punishment for every wrong thing we have ever done by dying on a cross. That’s what this cross is for! This cross can help us think about and remember that Jesus died for us!

Jesus died and was buried, but three days after He died, He rose from the dead! He was alive again and many people saw Him, talked to Him, and ate with Him! Jesus is alive today and He is getting heaven ready for us. One day, we can go to heaven and be with Jesus.

You see, Jesus truly was – and is – the greatest gift of all!

Read John 3:16 from your Bible.

End with a prayer – thanking God for sending the greatest gift of all – Jesus!

Additional Activities:

1. Make your own little town of Bethlehem gingerbread houses.  

Use graham crackers, frosting, and candy to make your own little town of Bethlehem

2. Make a cross Christmas ornament.  

3. Make chocolate covered crosses using pretzel rods, melted chocolate chips and sprinkles!  For added fun, let the kids add sprinkles to their crosses. Talk about the gift that Jesus gave when He died on the cross for our sins!

4. Make a Christmas wreath depicting the different prophecies and how they came true. Use paper plates and paper muffin tins (red and green ones would look nice). Give the kids the red and green tins and have them draw pictures to represent the different verses you read today on each tin (a different story on each tin). Help them cut the center out of the paper plate and then glue the tins to the paper plate. Put a bow on the top. (You can print the attached one on red or green construction paper and let them use that one if you want).

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Jesus is the Best Gift: A Christmas Lesson for Preschoolers

A FREE Bible Lesson for preschoolers to help introduce the true meaning of Christmas!

This is a lesson for preschoolers that introduces the true meaning of Christmas. It looks at two of the prophecies about the birth of Jesus and also ties in John 3:16. I hope you are able to use this with your youngest kids this Christmas season!

Have a great Christmas, and keep serving Jesus!

Cheri

A Christmas Bible Lesson for Preschoolers

Jesus is the Best Gift Preschool Lesson (printable pdf)

 Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:1-2, John 3:16

Opening Activities:

1. Beforehand, have a small Christmas tree set up in the corner of your room. As the kids arrive, give them different ornaments and decorations to help decorate the tree. Play Christmas music as they are doing this. Say: Christmas is coming soon! It is fun to decorate for Christmas and to celebrate Christmas, isn’t it? And it’s fun to get and give gifts on Christmas day! Today we are going to talk about the greatest gift of all! (If you don’t want to have a Christmas tree set up, you could do the same thing with a bulletin board. Draw a Christmas tree and have the kids draw/color/glue decorations on that tree.)

2. What gifts do you want to get for Christmas? What is the best present you’ve ever gotten? Give the kids a copy of the present from the end of this lesson. Help them draw a picture inside the present of something they think would be the best present ever. Talk about their drawings. Then say: Today we are going to talk about what really, truly was the best gift ever!

The Lesson:

Needed: several stockings, each stuffed with a different “baby” item (examples include a diaper, baby bottle, can of baby food, a rattle, a onesie, etc), a wrapped present containing a cross for each child (the cross could be as simple as one cut out of paper), blocks or graham crackers & frosting (or any other type of “building” material).

Gather all the kids together and have them sit in a circle on the floor. Say: Today we are going to learn about a very special gift that God gave us. I wonder if you can guess what this gift was. Let’s play a game and see if you can guess!

Take out the first stocking. Have the kids pass the stocking around while you play music (Christmas music would be great). When the music stops, whoever is holding the stocking should reach inside and pull out the item. Put the item on the table where all the kids can see it and then play again until all the stockings have been opened and all the items are on the table.

Talk briefly about all the items. Say: Can anyone guess what the gift was that God gave? What do all these items remind you of? Let the kids guess. Say: A baby! God’s very special gift was a very special baby that was born many, many years ago. This baby was Jesus – God’s son. On Christmas, we celebrate the day that Jesus was born and we remember how God gave us the best gift of all when He gave us Jesus!

Hold up your Bible. This book tells us all about Jesus! Hundreds of years before Jesus came to earth as a baby, some people told exactly where He would be born and what He would be named. A man named Isaiah told that Jesus would be called Immanuel, which means God with us. Can you say Immanuel? Let kids repeat it. Clap the syllables with the kids. Say: Another man named Micah told that Jesus would be born in a town called Bethlehem. Can you say Bethlehem? Let kids repeat it. Clap the syllables.

Both of those happened! Jesus was Immanuel – God with us – and He was born in the town of Bethlehem! Let’s make our own town of Bethlehem! (Take out the blocks – or whatever materials you are using — and help the kids make buildings and other items that represent a town. You might also choose to use graham crackers and frosting and make an edible town. Have fun with this activity – and be sure to say, several times, that Jesus was born in the little town of Bethlehem – just like the prophet Micah said he would be!)

Use graham crackers, frosting, and candy to make your own little town of Bethlehem

When you are finished making Bethlehem, gather the kids together again to finish the lesson.

Take out the presents. Jesus was a very special gift. He never did anything wrong! He lived a perfect life, and when He grew up, He gave us an even greater gift. Do you know what that gift was? There’s a hint in these presents. Let’s open them and see!

Give each child a present. Let them open it up to reveal the cross inside. Say: When Jesus was older, He took the punishment for every wrong thing we have ever done by dying on a cross. That’s what this cross is for! This cross can help us think about and remember that Jesus died for us!

Jesus died and was buried, but three days after He died, He rose from the dead! He was alive again and many people saw Him, talked to Him, and ate with Him! Jesus is alive today and He is getting heaven ready for us. One day, we can go to heaven and be with Jesus.

You see, Jesus truly was – and is – the greatest gift of all!

Read John 3:16 from your Bible.

Additional Activities:

1. Make your own gingerbread Bethlehem houses. (You could start this during the lesson by helping the kids make the outline of the house with the graham crackers and then after the lesson, bring out the rest of the candy and frosting and let them finish their Bethlehem house.) 

2. Help the kids make a baby Jesus ornament using a paper plate for their Christmas trees.  Help the kids make the faces themselves (as best they can – you can have the circles cut out and let them draw the faces on with a marker) and let the kids color the paper plates. Use Isaiah 7:14 or John 3:16 as the Bible verse. Help the kids add their ornaments to your class Christmas tree!

3. Make an “Emmanuel” God with us craft with your kids.  

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Christmas Bible Reading Plan for Children

This is a 4 week Bible Reading Plan that is perfect for Advent! Scripture, Crafts, Activities, Videos and more!

This post contains two Christmas Bible Reading Plans for Children — one for older children and teens and one for younger children.  The plans explore Old Testament prophecies related to Jesus as well as the entire Christmas story as recorded in the New Testament.  There are also ideas for activities that your children can do by themselves or along with you, such as crafts, journal entries, service projects and videos.   All of this is designed to help your child grow in his faith this Christmas season!  Scroll down and you will find a link to the downloadable pdf files, or just keep scrolling and you will see the entire plan right on this page.

 I pray that you will have the absolute best Christmas season ever!

And that you will stay 100% focused on Jesus Christ during this season!

Merry Christmas!

Cheri

Christmas Bible Reading Plan for families

Christmas plan independent (printable pdf)

Christmas plan Read to Me (printable pdf)

 CHRISTMAS BIBLE READING PLAN — INDEPENDENT READERS

Week One

___ Monday: Malachi 3:1-7
Who does God say He will send? What will this person’s job be? What does God say about Himself? Since God does not change, what do you think His response is to what is going on in the world today? How about in your own life?

Here is a prayer you can sing to the Lord asking Him to purify your heart.

___ Tuesday: Malachi 4
What does God say is coming soon? What do you think this refers to?  Who is God going to send before this day? This was the last word the people heard from God for 400 years!! It was a warning and a promise . . . 400 years later, this promise was fulfilled, and you will start reading about it tomorrow.

___ Wednesday: Luke 1:5-25
What happened to Zacharias the priest in this passage? What was he promised? How did he respond? Why do you think he was punished for his response?

___ Thursday: Isaiah 7:10-16
What was the sign the Lord promised in these verses? Do you know what the name “Immanuel” means? It means “God with us”. Who do you think these verses are talking about?

___ Friday: Luke 1:26-38
What happened to Mary in these verses? How was her response different than Zacharias’s? How does this fulfill the prophesy in Isaiah? Mary was willing to let God use her however He wanted. Are you willing to do the same? What do you think God might want you to do for Him today?

Additional Activities: Make a graphic novel portraying the events you read about this week, write a journal entry from the perspective of Mary and Zacharias after receiving their messages from God, make an angel Christmas ornament or craft to decorate your house.

Week Two

___ Monday: Luke 1:39-45
Where did Mary go after hearing from the angel? Why do you think she went there? How did Elizabeth respond when she saw Mary? How did the baby in Elizabeth respond? What do you think Mary and Elizabeth did together for three months?

___ Tuesday: Luke 1:46-56
What are some of the ways that Mary praises the Lord in these verses? What do you have to praise the Lord for? How has He been mighty in your life? Spend some time praising Him now!

___ Wednesday: Luke 1:57-66
What did Elizabeth and Zacharias name their baby? Why? What happened when they named the baby? The people kept asking what this child would turn out to be . . . do  you know? Who was this child? How did he fulfill the prophecies in Malachi?  (For a fun video on this passage, see the Read to Me plan for this day)

___ Thursday: Luke 1:67-80
What are some of the ways that Zacharias praises the Lord? Zacharias says that we can serve God without fear. What do you think this means? How are you serving God without fear?

___ Friday: John 1:1-18
Who are these verses talking about? Who was the Word that was with God in the
beginning? Who was the one who came testifying about that Word? Because of the
Word, all of us have the right to become a child of God. How? Are you a child of God?

Here is a simple song to the tune of “Simple Gifts” that can help you memorize John 1:1-2:

Additional Activities: Write your own prayer to God similar to Mary and Zacharias’s prayers, Spend some time singing songs of praise to God, Tell someone about the day you became a child of God, Spend some time volunteering at a local pregnancy center

Week Three

___ Monday: Matthew 1:18-25
Who appeared to Joseph? Why? What was Joseph’s response? This passage has a prophecy fulfilled . . can you find it? What does Immanuel mean?

___ Tuesday: Micah 5:1-5(a)
Where does this say the Promised One will be born? What will He do for His people? According to verse 5, what will He be? How is Jesus YOUR peace?

___ Wednesday: Luke 2:1-7
How did Mary and Joseph end up in Bethlehem? Do you think Caesar Augustus had the idea of a census all on his own? Explain. Here is an interesting video to watch at this point:

___ Thursday: Luke 2:8-20
What happened to the shepherds? How did they respond? How did they find Mary,  Joseph, and the baby? The shepherds left and told everyone they saw about the baby. Are you telling others about Jesus? How are some ways that you can do that this  week?

Another great video for you:

___ Friday: Isaiah 49:6-13
What is Jesus called here? (a ____ to the _____). What do you think that means? You are also called to be a light. What are some ways that you can be a light to those around you?

Additional Activities: Find a map of Bethlehem. Trace the route that Mary and Joseph may have taken, Make a Christmas card to give to someone but on it include some of the verses that you read this week – use the Christmas card as a way to be a light, Draw a traditional nativity scene – include Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and the shepherds. Hang it as a Christmas decoration.

Week Four

___ Monday: Luke 2:21-35
Who met Jesus in these verses? Why was he so excited? What did he say about  Jesus? Does this remind you of anything you’ve read earlier? What do you think he meant when he told Mary a sword would pierce her soul also?

___ Tuesday: Isaiah 53
This reading may seem out of place in the Christmas story, but it is a part of the big picture. This is a prophecy about Jesus and about the death that He would die for us. What does this Scripture say about Jesus? How was this fulfilled? Spend time today thanking Jesus for the sacrifice He made for you!

Here is a video that goes with this passage.  (Note: it may be too much for younger kids, be sure to view it first yourself before deciding whether or not to show it to your kids)

___ Wednesday: Luke 2:36-40
Who met Jesus in these verses? How did she respond? How does it say Jesus grew? You are also growing. What are some ways that you have grown in wisdom? What are some ways that you still need to grow in wisdom?

___ Thursday: Matthew 2:1-12
  Who was searching for Jesus? Why? Where did they find Jesus? What did they give to Jesus? Christmas is a day that many people give gifts to one another as a reminder of the gift Jesus gave for us – and as a reminder of the  gifts the Magi gave. If you could give any gift to Jesus, what would it be? Why?  Spend time today thanking Jesus for the best gift of all – His life so we could be saved from our sins.

___ Friday: Matthew 2:13-23
This is a sad part of the Christmas story that we often like to forget. What happened in these verses? Why? Was Herod successful at getting rid of Jesus? Do you think it was totally Herod’s idea to kill all the babies? Who do you think was controlling  Herod? Why? Satan wanted Jesus dead. He had already tried to wipe out Jesus’s family line several times in the Old Testament, and now he was going directly for Jesus. Today, anyone who follows Jesus is an enemy of Satan. But our God is more powerful than Satan and, no matter what Satan tries to do to you, he cannot take you away from God. Spend time thanking God for that today.

Here is an encouraging song to remind you that God is with you and He is stronger than anything or anyone else!

Additional Activities: Make a cross ornament for your tree to remind you of the sacrifice of Jesus, Look at some old photo albums to see how you have grown physically over the years, talk with your family about how you have grown spiritually, Make some special gifts to give to people in your neighborhood or community who do not have much this Christmas, go Christmas caroling to help spread the love of Christ, deliver Christmas cookies to a homeless shelter.

CHRISTMAS BIBLE READING PLAN — READ TO ME

Week One

___ Monday: Malachi 3:1
Who does God say He will send? A messenger tells something special. Pretend you are a messenger. Make a microphone out of an old toilet paper tube and run through the house telling everyone that Jesus is coming.

___ Tuesday: Malachi 4:5-6
God told the people that He was going to send a prophet right before Jesus came.  Then God was quiet and didn’t talk to the people for 400 years! That’s a long time! How high can you count? Let’s count together! (Count as high as you can). Now let’s count to 400 a quicker way (count to 400 by 10’s).

___ Wednesday: Luke 1:11-20
God promised Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth that they would have a baby, but  Zacharias didn’t believe. What happened to Zacharias? Let’s play a game of charades. You have to get me to guess what you are trying to tell me without talking! (Give your child several easy things to act out – animals, activities, etc). Have fun playing charades together and then talk about how hard it must have been for Zacharias to not be able to talk for so long.

___ Thursday: Isaiah 7:14
Do you remember the name that the baby was going to have? It was the name  “Immanuel”. Immanuel means “God with us”. Talk about what that means.

___ Friday: Luke 1:26-38
What happened to Mary in these verses? Make an angel craft with your child. You could try this one or this one.Put ribbon on it and hang it on your Christmas tree.

 Week Two

___ Monday: Luke 1:39-45
Where did Mary go after hearing from the angel? Look at some pictures of your child as a baby or ultrasound pictures if you have them. Discuss how he was alive even when he was inside of you – just like the babies in these verses.  You may also want to spend some time “leaping” for joy, just like the baby in Elizabeth did when Mary arrived!

___ Tuesday: Luke 1:46-49
Mary is praising the Lord in these verses. Let’s do the same thing today! Make some instruments out of pots and pans (or craft supplies) and spend some time making a joyful noise to the Lord together.

___ Wednesday: Luke 1:57-64
What did Elizabeth and Zacharias name their baby? Teach your child how to write the name John and then act this passage out with him. Have him pretend to be Zacharias – not able to talk and trying to communicate. Then give him paper and let him write the name “John” and then have him start talking. If your child can’t write, just let him scribble.

Here is a fun video to reinforce this Bible lesson:

 

___ Thursday: Luke 1:67-70
Now Zacharias is praising the Lord! Let’s have another Praise Party! This time you can make instruments, use your instruments from the other day, or play cds or videos. Sing along and praise God together.

___ Friday: John 1:14
Do you know who this verse is talking about? It’s talking about Jesus! Jesus became a  baby so that we could have eternal life! Have a baby shower for Jesus! Drink koolaid and cake and draw pictures of what types of gifts you would give at a baby shower for Jesus.

Week Three

___ Monday: Matthew 1:18-21
What was Joseph told to call the baby? Teach your child how to write the name “Jesus”. Then make a baby Jesus decoration for your tree.

 ___ Tuesday: Micah 5:2
Where does this say the Promised One will be born? Teach your child the song “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. Sing it together or watch a video of it.

___ Wednesday: Luke 2:1-7
Mary and Joseph were about to have a baby, but they had to take a trip. Do you remember why? Let’s pretend we are going on a trip! Pretend to pack your bags and then pretend to take a long walk to Bethlehem. Have lots of fun pretending this with your child.

___ Thursday: Luke 2:8-14
Who appeared to the shepherds? Let’s act this one out! Spend time acting it out.  Have even more fun and make costumes. Then take pictures of your child  pretending to be the shepherds or angels. Put the pictures together on a card and send it out to someone.

___ Friday: Luke 2:15-20
Make a nativity scene craft with your child.

 Week Four

___ Monday: Luke 2:25-32
Simeon was excited to see Jesus. Do you know why? Jesus was called a light. We are also supposed to be a light. Do you know what that means? Sing “This little light of mine” together.

___ Tuesday: Isaiah 53:5-6
We must remember that Jesus came as a baby, but the reason He came was to die for our sins. Make a cross ornament for your Christmas tree.

 ___ Wednesday: Luke 2:39-40
Jesus grew! You are growing, too. How are you growing? Look at an old photo album and talk about how your child has grown over the years. Talk also about how your child will continue to grow. Make a handprint ornament for your tree.

 ___ Thursday: Matthew 2:1-12
Who was searching for Jesus? Why? Where did they find Jesus? What did they give to Jesus? Christmas is a day that many people give gifts to one another as a reminder of the gift Jesus gave for us – and as a reminder of the  gifts the Magi gave. If you could give any gift to Jesus, what would it be? Why?  Spend time today thanking Jesus for the best gift of all – His life so we could be saved from our sins.

___ Friday: Matthew 2:13-15
Joseph and Mary were warned to get out of there because King Herod wanted to hurt the baby. Even today, some people don’t like Jesus. Spend time praying for the  people who don’t love Jesus.

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Are you finished with the Christmas Bible Reading Plan?  Check out one of my other Bible reading plans and keep reading the Word of God!

And, as you head into a new year, you might be interested in using one of these resources with your kids:

Bold_ A 10 Week Study for Churches and Families

The Call: A 10-Week Study for Families and ChurchesThe Feast: A 7 Week Easter Study for Families

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