Teach Children the Real Meaning of Christmas

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As we turn our attention to the Lord Jesus this Christmas, the following story will help kids and parents remember the Real Meaning of Christmas.

Practical Idea: download your copy of the “Real Meaning of Christmas” below, read the story to your children, or email the download to your parents suggesting that they read it to their families this Christmas season.

Children ask, “What is God really like?” Schools, friends, television, and other sources expose children to a variety of ideas. Much of what kids hear about “god” does not even resemble the God who reveals Himself in the Bible.

God delights to disclose Himself to all who seek Him. Knowing the Lord personally and enjoying His greatness is the highest privilege of every Christian! The Bible is the one inspired place to find out about God—His personality, His attributes, His Names, and His character. A child’s basic outlook and attitude toward life is shaped by the way he or she pictures God.

Introduce your child to our awesome God. Each week, explain and discuss one of God’s attributes, names, or character traits. Encourage your child to know God truly and intimately. Just as a jeweler delights in each facet of a beautiful diamond, your love for God grows as you examine each aspect of His character (see 1 Chronicles 29:11; Proverbs 2:4-5; Acts 17:24-25).

The Real Meaning of Christmas

One week before Christmas, a well-known visitor made a surprise appearance…

I had just finished the household chores and was preparing for bed when a noise startled me. I cautiously opened the door to the front room. To my amazement, Santa Claus stepped from behind the Christmas tree! He placed one finger over his mouth so I would not cry out.

“What are you doing here?” I exclaimed. Then I realized that Santa had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. The eager, boisterous soul we all know was very sad. Santa offered one, simple statement, “TEACH THE CHILDREN!” I was puzzled—what did he mean? Anticipating my question, with one quick movement he brought forth a great bag from behind the tree.

I stood there bewildered. Santa explained, “Teach the Children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. So many people today have forgotten what Christmas is really about!”

Santa then reached into his bag, pulled out a tiny FIR TREE, and placed it on the mantle. “Teach the Children that the stately fir tree remains green all year round, showing the everlasting hope of mankind. The needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of our prayers that always reach God.”

Santa again reached into his sack and pulled out a brilliant STAR. “Teach the Children that the Bethlehem star was the sign of promises long ago. God promised to send a Savior to deliver the world. The bright star pointed to the fulfillment of that promise—God’s only Son had been born!”

Next, Santa pulled a CANDLE from his bag. “Teach the Children that the candle symbolizes that Jesus, God’s Son, is the light of the world. When we see this light remember the One who overcomes the darkness.”

Once again Santa reached into his sack. This time he removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. “Teach the Children that the wreath reveals the endless nature of God’s love. Real love never ceases. Nothing can stop God’s amazing love.”

Santa then pulled from his bag an ornament of HIMSELF. “Teach the Children that Santa Claus symbolizes the generosity and good will we show to others because God has given us His very special Son. Don’t forget to tell the Children that Saint Nicolas was not part of the first Christmas in Bethlehem.”

Santa then reached into his sack and carefully placed a CANDY CANE on the tree. “Teach the Children that the candy cane represents the shepherd’s staff. The crook on the staff rescues sheep who have strayed from the flock. God never gives up on people who wander from Him.”

Next, He removed a delicate ANGEL and lifted it to the very top of the tree. “Teach the Children that angels shouted the glorious news of the Savior’s birth. These heavenly messengers sang ‘Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good will to everyone on earth!’”

Finally, Santa pulled out a beautifully wrapped GIFT. He said, “Teach the Children that God deeply loves people, so He gave them His most precious gift—Jesus, His only Son. When the wise men arrived in Bethlehem, they bowed before the Child and presented gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This is why we give gifts to others each Christmas.”

Then Santa paused. He stared at the tree and seemed to be pleased. I saw that the twinkle had returned to his eyes. He turned, looked at me, and smiled. Santa offered these final words, “Remember to teach the Children the true meaning of Christmas. Please don’t put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant. Jesus Christ is the real reason for the Christmas season. I am glad to join all others who bow down and worship Him, our Lord and God.” —Author Unknown

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16 Responses to “Teach Children the Real Meaning of Christmas”

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  2. Rhonda Says:

    Thank you so much for this great post and beautiful story.

  3. Jackie McCallister Says:

    Thank you for this! It has given me a GREAT IDEA for Children’s Church.. Santa will be coming to act this story out LIVE! Thank you!
    Merry CHRISTmas!!

  4. Donna Says:

    Love this idea. Are we allowed to actually create a book of this story and just list it as author unknown? This is great to share in our Church and our kids. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Stephanie Says:

    Thanks for the story it has given me an insight of what the children will on our Jesus Celebration day – a yearly event we hv at Xmas. Infact we are going to act it LIVE- break it to scene and act it

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  7. Tracy Parker Says:

    I will be sending this home with all our family in our birthday celebration bags. Over 200! Thanks so much!

  8. Jackie McCallister Says:

    We did the LIVE version of this Sunday…. the kids seem to have enjoyed it! Thanks again for sharing this!!

    Here’s the video of the skit…. (Straight from the story)

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  10. margaret lam Says:

    Thank you for always giving us great ideas for teaching and preaching. May the LORD blesses your ministry mightily! Have a Blessed Christmas.

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  12. Brenda Gordon Says:

    I loved it, it is a very beautiful story. I loved how you brought Santa into the story but he pointed us to Christ. Thank you.

  13. Brenda Gordon Says:

    That’s Christ.

  14. Ann Kipfer-Ho Says:

    Thanks so much for the article. I did it with my class (6-8 year olds) last Sunday. I turned it into a little bring-home worksheet. Divided the paper into 8 boxes, with bullets info for each of the 8 items mentioned, and space above it for students to draw a picture. Blessings!

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  16. Sheron Fenner Says:

    Thank you so much for this true meaning of Christmas which I want to share with my family and grand kids. We have moved so far away from this as Christmas is so commercialized. God Bless You all.

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