“Lesson 46: The Birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas)” Primary 1 (2000), 151–53
“Lesson 46,” Primary 1, 151–53
To help each child feel gratitude for the birth of Jesus Christ.
Find out a few simple details about the births of the children in your class, such as where they were born, what color of hair they had, and where they lived the first week of their lives. Be sensitive to the feelings of any adopted children.
Cut strips of paper (approximately 8″ long and 1 1/2″ wide) for Christmas chains. Cut enough strips for each child to make a chain a few links long.
Write a note explaining the Christmas chain (see lesson) to each child’s parents, so they can encourage their child to do kind deeds.
A small nativity scene. You may want to use a baby doll wrapped in a blanket, lying in a small box. Cut a star from paper to put over the nativity scene. If a nativity scene is not available, use picture 1-75, The Birth of Jesus (Gospel Art Picture Kit 200; 62116).
Crayons and glue.
Picture 1-75, The Birth of Jesus (Gospel Art Picture Kit 200; 62116); picture 1-76, No Room at the Inn (62115); picture 1-77, The Announcement of Christ’s Birth to the Shepherds (Gospel Art Picture Kit 202; 62117); picture 1-78, The Wise Men (Gospel Art Picture Kit 203; 62120).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Explain that since this is the Christmas season, we are celebrating the birth of someone we all love.
Whose birth are we celebrating?
Explain that each Christmas as we celebrate the birthday of Jesus, we can give gifts to him. We can’t give gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh like the wise men did, but we can give another type of gift. We give a gift to Jesus when we try to be like him. We are being like Jesus when we are kind to our family and friends.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Retell the story of the birth of Jesus while the children act out the parts of Joseph, Mary, the innkeeper, the shepherds, and the wise men. Use props such as a baby doll, a small blanket, and a shawl, if they are available. Give every child a chance to participate. You may want to repeat the activity, allowing the children to take different parts.
Help the children cut or draw simple star decorations. Let the children color their decorations, and attach a string to each star so the child can hang it somewhere in his or her home.
Discuss some of the commercial preparations for Christmas that the children have noticed. Help them understand that things like gifts and parties are fun, but Christmas is really about the birth of Jesus Christ and the importance of focusing on him and his life.
Discuss local Christ-centered Christmas customs that you enjoy or are aware of. Invite the children to talk about any Christ-centered traditions their families enjoy at Christmastime.
Have the children pretend to be the shepherds resting in the field. Help them act out the fear the shepherds felt when they saw the angel, then the happiness they felt when they understood the news. Help them imagine hearing the angels sing and looking at the beautiful night sky and seeing the star. Walk together around the room to search for the baby. Kneel before the baby Jesus in the manger, and sing a song of praise.
Help the children do the actions to the following verse as you say the words:
A baby in a manger (rock arms as if cradling a baby),
A loving mother near (reach out arms),
A star shines in the heavens (point with awe to the sky),
The Son of God is here (clap hands for joy)!
Sing or say the words to “Little Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 39) or “Jesus Said Love Everyone” (Children’s Songbook, p. 61). Remind the children that we celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmastime.
Make simple paper cutouts of the swaddled baby Jesus. Collect dried grass, hay, or straw and bring it for the children to glue onto a “manger” (a square of paper). Have the children glue the baby Jesus cutout over the bed of grass or straw.