Friday, December 5, 2008

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Family Home Evening Lesson
“Keeping Christ in Christmas”

Opening Song: “Have a Very Merry Christmas” (Children’s Song Book # 51)

Opening Prayer: Child

Lesson: Mommy

Keeping Christ in Christmas:

Ask your children what Christmas is: (let them answer without prompting, ie. Presents, Santa, etc.)

Read: 3 Ne. 14:12 Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets.

Print out and read “A Sharing Christmas”

Talk about the true meaning of Christmas. Show picture 201 and 202 from the gospel art kit.

Talk about your family traditions that keep Christ in Christmas.

Talk about some things that you can do as a family that will bring the True Spirit of Christmas into your homes.

Read the words to “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Song Book # 34)

Sing: “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Song Book # 34)

Suggested Activity:
Give each member of the family a few strips of paper. Have each person choose 2-5 things that they can give of themselves before Christmas that can then be given as gifts to Jesus (ie. Make their bed so Mommy doesn’t have to, or pick up toys for their brother or sister, make Christmas cards for their friends, grandparents or neighbors, etc). Make a Christ Ornament for your Christmas tree by mounting a small picture of Christ on some nice paper and if possible put a little pocket on the back so that once you have finished doing the service gifts you can place the strip of paper in the pocket and give that gift to Christ. Keep extra strips of paper so if they finish the ones they have already made they can make more. After opening your presents on Christmas morning take your Christ ornament down and read aloud all the gifts that your family has given to Christ this season.

Closing Song: “Away in a Manger” (Children’s Song Book # 42)

Closing Prayer: Daddy

Treat: Rolo Pretzel Turtles
These are an easy and very kid friendly treat to make that you can use as one of your gifts to Christ. Make a few batches of these and find someone in your ward or neighborhood that your family can make these sweet treats for. They really are good and easy!!!! I made them with my 2 ½ year old last Christmas for her teacher and they were great!!!


Tamie said...

I've just got to tell you that as a mother of two little boys under the age of six...your website is a blessing--NOT in disguise :)
thanks for your ideas (and if you want some more, i've got some of my own that i've put together)
thanks gals!
looking forward to using your new one!

Brett said...

Thanks so much for putting this log together! I've spent the last year planning FHE lessons for my young family, and it will be nice to have some other ideas! So glad I found this site.

Jacquie said...

beautiful lesson. I just found your blog & will be doing this lesson tonight. Thank you for sharing this talent of yours.

EricProffitt said...

simply put I LOVE FAMILY HOME EVENING! I love Christmas too, and the two together always make our merriest memories. I just created a downloadable audio of the Nativity from Luke and set to music.
It's so beautiful, and so simple to use! My kids did their best nativity ever with no tears. Feel free to look at it:

Lacie said...

Thank you for sharing this. In these tough times we find ourselves struggling this Christmas, but this will be GREAT for tonight. Help to remind myself and my kids that it is not the gifts that may or may not be under the Christmas tree this year.

Katie said...
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Katie said...

This was perfect! Thank you!

Skypark said...

The rolo turtle pretzel treat sounds amazing! And I've got a left bag of Rolo's too. I was just wondering what I was going to do with them. Now, thanks to your great FHE post, I know! Thanks!

- MaryAnn