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Christmas Craft for Kids That Tells a Christmas Story
Christmas is a special occasion that children absolutely love. My daughter, Janel, was pretty excited about Christmas. When she saw the decorations, the Christmas tree and the gifts, she's even more excited. But does she really know what the buzz is all about? She kept asking "Is Christmas Jesus' birthday?" I answered her "Yes, it is Jesus' birthday." And she goes, "Yahoo!" For now, being just 5 years old, she accepts that answer joyfully without hesitation.
It so happened that my son had a Christmas art and craft project in school. But unlike her sister who did a Christmas bell ornament, his was a simple one to make. When I saw how it looked when it was finished, I had an idea that it could be used not just as an art project for kids but it can also be used to tell the Christmas story. It can be done during family time on Christmas day or as an activity in Kids' church or Sunday school. I called this Christmas Craft for kids as "Christmas Symbols Craft."
How to Make the Christmas Symbols Craft
Prepare the following materials:
cellophane (red, green, yellow)
glitter glue pens
cutter, scissor, glue, pencil
How to make this project:
1. Draw a big shape on the black cartolina, Whatever shape you want will do - star, Christmas tree, heart, bell, etc). Then, cut out that shape. My son had a star shaped black cartolina.
2. Draw little shapes, preferably those symbolizing Christmas, onto the black cartolina you prepared in step 1. (You can make the patterns of these little shapes which the kids can use and trace.) Then use a cutter to cut them out. Little ones should always seek the help of a grown up. My son drew an angel, stars, cross, Christmas tree and candy cane.
3. Then cut out the different colors of cellophane that would fit the shapes of the Christmas symbols. Glue the cellophane on the wrong side of the black cartolina. Be sure to appropriate the color to the respective shapes (ie yellow cellophane for the star, green for Christmas tree, transparent for the candy cane, etc)
4. Lastly, use the glitter glue pens to decorate and/or highlight the shapes. For the candy cane, my son put red glitter glue as accent on the candy canes.
This craft can be posted on the glass window, the wall or door as Christmas decoration.
How to Tell the Christmas Story Using the Christmas Symbols Craft
To tell the Christmas story, you've got to be familiar with the stories behind the Christmas symbols. Let me share how I understand how the story goes. Also, I might be writing as if I'm talking to children from this point on.
Hi, little children. Do you know that the Christmas craft we did a while ago tells a story? It tells the Christmas story. Could you tell me what are the different pictures you see on our craft?
Now point to the angel...
The Angels of Christmas
What is this? Yes, an angel. One day, an angel named Gabriel appeared to a young maiden named Mary who was about to be married to Joseph. At first, Mary was afraid but the angel said "Don't be afraid." Then, he told Mary that she will have a son and she will give him the name Jesus. He also said that Jesus will be great someday and will be called the Son of the Most High. Mary then humbly said, "I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
What the angel told did come true. When Mary was about to give birth, she, together with Joseph, traveled to Bethlehem because of a census decreed by Caesar Augustus. When they got there, they could not find any place to stay. So, they found a shelter in a stable and Mary gave birth to Jesus there, wrapped him in cloth and laid him in a manger.
Now, point to the candy cane..
The Shepherds of Christmas
What is this? Yes, a candy cane. Did you notice the shape of the candy cane? What does it look like? It looks like a staff, right? A shepherd's staff. When Jesus was born, an angel appeared to some shepherds nearby. The angel told them "Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger." Then, a great company of angels appeared the sung praises to God.
When the angels left, the shepherd went and looked for the baby Jesus and found him as the angel told them. After visiting Jesus, they also spread the word concerning this joyful event.
Now, point to the star...
The Christmas Star
What is this? Yes, a star. After, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, some magi from the east came to King Herod. They said to King Herod "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." So, there was a star in the sky that pointed to the the birth of Jesus. After the magi left King Herod's palace, it was this star that went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the magi found the baby Jesus. They bowed down and worshiped Jesus and presented gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense to him.
Why not tell the story of the "Little Star"
So, why are we so happy about the birthday of Jesus?
Now, point to the cross (or heart)
The Savior of Christmas
What is this? Yes, this is the cross. This symbol represent God's love for us. It was on this cross that later on he died to pay the price for our sins. Without the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, we would not have a Savior. Remember what the angel said to the Shepherds? He said "A Savior is born to you this day." On Christmas, we remember the birthday of our Savior who is Jesus.
(Note: Your Christmas story will depend on what symbols you have put in your art and craft project. You can end the Christmas story here but if you have decorated your craft with a Christmas tree, here's a story to tell.)
Now, point to the Christmas tree...
The Christmas Tree
What is this? The Christmas tree. Are there Christmas trees mentioned in the story of Christmas? There is none. But later on, people begun to put up the Christmas tree on December 24 in their homes to remember another tree called the Paradise tree.
What is the Paradise tree? The Paradise tree is the tree from the story of Adam and Eve. Some Christians in the 11th century acted a play of the story of Adam and Eve and put a prop - a Paradise tree - on the stage from which Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The play is usually ended pointing to the hope of the coming Savior.
Later, people began putting up the Paradise tree in their own homes on December 24. It only had apples (symbolizing the fruit of sin which shows the sin of man) and wafers (symbolizing the fruit of life which shows the promised Savior) as ornaments. Added later were the candies and sweets. And much later, the light (candle) was added to symbolize Christ as the light of the world.
So, though the Christmas tree has really nothing to do with the birth of Jesus, it tells us of what Jesus will do. Jesus who was born on Christmas day will save us from the curse of sin and will be the light of our life.
The story about the Christmas Tree was referenced from O Christmas Tree: The Origin and Meaning of the Christmas Tree.