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Celebrating the Birth of Jesus: Santa and Honoring the Reason for the Season

Possible Viewpont: Evangelical Christian

Title: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus: Santa and Honoring the Reason for the Season

Lesson Objective: To teach young children about the true meaning of Christmas and how Santa can help us celebrate the birth of Jesus.

– Begin by asking the children what they think of when they hear the word “Christmas.” Let them share their thoughts and ideas.
– Explain that Christmas is a special time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who came to earth to be our Savior.

– Read or tell the story of the Nativity, focusing on the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, the shepherds and angels, and the wise men bringing gifts to the baby Jesus.

– Ask the children why Christmas is important and what it means to them. Guide the conversation to the idea that Christmas is a time to remember and celebrate the gift of Jesus.
– Explain that Santa Claus is a fun part of Christmas, but he is not the most important part. Santa can be a way to remind us of the joy of giving and the love that Jesus has for us.

– Have the children color pictures of Santa and write or dictate a simple sentence about how Santa helps them think about Jesus.
– Encourage the children to think of ways they can show love and kindness to others, just like Santa does, as a way to honor Jesus.

– Remind the children that while Santa is a fun part of Christmas, the real reason we celebrate is because of Jesus. Encourage them to think about how they can keep the spirit of giving and love in their hearts all year long.

– Close the lesson with a simple prayer, thanking God for the gift of Jesus and asking for help in showing love and kindness to others.

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “Happy Birthday Jesus” by Brooklyn Tabernacle Kids
2. “Away in a Manger” by Cedarmont Kids
3. “The First Noel” by Go Fish
4. “O Come All Ye Faithful” by The Donut Man

Questions for Lesson

1. How does the Christmas Spirit and Santa fit into the celebration of Jesus’ birth?
2. Can you think of ways to honor Jesus while still enjoying the fun of Santa and gift-giving?
3. What does it mean to have the “Christmas Spirit” in your heart, and how can you show it to others?
4. In what ways can we share the love and joy of Christmas with those who may not know about Jesus?
5. What does John 3:16 teach about love and how does it relate to the Christmas season?
6. How can we keep the focus on Jesus as the reason for the season, even with all the excitement of Santa and gifts?


– Matthew 1:18-25
– Luke 2:1-20
– Isaiah 9:6
– John 1:14
– Galatians 4:4-5
– 1 John 4:9-10
– Philippians 2:6-11
– Colossians 1:15-20

Object Lesson

Title: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus: Santa and Honoring the Reason for the Season

Props Needed:
1. A Christmas Tree
2. Santa Claus costume or plush Santa doll
3. Nativity scene set
4. A small gift
5. A candle


Presenter should start by setting up the Christmas tree and placing the Nativity scene at the base of the tree. Then, put on the Santa Claus costume or hold the plush Santa doll.

Gather the young children around and ask them if they know who Santa Claus is. Explain that Santa Claus is a fun and jolly part of Christmas who brings gifts to children around the world. Then, bring out the small gift and place it under the tree, saying that Santa brings presents to remind us of the joy of giving and receiving.

Next, explain that while Santa brings happiness, there is an even more special reason for celebrating Christmas. Light the candle and place it near the Nativity scene. Use the Nativity scene set to tell the story of the birth of Jesus and how it is the true reason for the season. Help the children understand that Christmas is about celebrating the love and hope that Jesus brings into the world.

Finally, bring the focus back to the Christmas tree and Nativity scene, and explain that by honoring and celebrating both Santa and the birth of Jesus, we can experience the Christmas spirit in its fullest and most meaningful form.

By using props and a simple narrative, this illustration helps young children understand the importance of Santa and the birth of Jesus during the Christmas season. It promotes the idea of celebrating both aspects of the holiday and embracing the true Christmas spirit.

Craft Idea

Craft Idea: DIY Nativity Scene Ornaments

– Small pieces of cardboard or chipboard
– Markers or crayons
– Scissors
– Glue
– Yarn or string
– Nativity scene stickers or printed pictures (optional)


1. Begin by discussing with the children the reason for celebrating Christmas and the birth of Jesus. Talk about how Santa is a fun and festive part of the Christmas season, but the true meaning of Christmas is to honor and celebrate Jesus’ birth.

2. Have the children cut out small shapes from the cardboard to represent the characters of the nativity scene, such as Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, and animals.

3. Let the children use markers or crayons to decorate and color the cardboard shapes to bring them to life.

4. If you have nativity scene stickers or printed pictures, the children can also use these to add more detail to their ornaments.

5. Once the cardboard shapes are decorated, help the children glue a piece of yarn or string to the back of each shape to create a loop for hanging.

6. The children can then hang their DIY nativity scene ornaments on the Christmas tree or around the house as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

This craft activity allows the children to be creative while also learning and reflecting on the significance of Jesus’ birth during the Christmas season. It ties in the lesson of “Celebrating the Birth of Jesus: Santa and Honoring the Reason for the Season” by emphasizing the importance of honoring the true meaning of Christmas amidst the festive celebrations of Santa.


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