Christmas Lesson: Silent Night
Press the star on the front cover of this sturdy book and the mellow tones of a full orchestra begin the familiar and most beloved ‘Silent Night’. While the music is playing, a halo of tiny white lights around the baby Jesus glow, then dim, then glow again. Toddlers and their parents can sing along with the words in the book since all of the verses are printed. Or they can just listen to the lovely music. With each page, more and more visitors to the manger appear until the final page where the manger is full and baby Jesus is surrounded by his adoring followers (AbeBooks.com).
Give the children the stick puppets you made for them. Briefly retell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in your own words (see Luke 2:4–16). Invite the children to hold up their stick puppets at appropriate times during the story.
Make a nativity ornament. Discuss the lesson again during craft time. Children enjoy hearing the Christmas story again and again.
Pretzel sticks, a cheese star using a metal cookie cutter, coconut, marshmallows, cupcake liner and animal crackers.