This is a plan for a very simple Christmas Party the Sunday before Christmas Eve. In our church we hold a service on Christmas Eve, and we do not have a gathering on the Sunday following Christmas Eve as we encourage people to stay home, be with family and friends and neighbors.
Arranged by Teresa Klassen
1. Start by welcoming the kids (3 minutes)
2. Christmas Quiz (see PDF — we have included the answers on this one) (10-12 minutes)
Teacher says: I wonder how well you know the Christmas Story? We are going to break off into a few teams (make sure there are no more than 10 children in a team. Less is better, so have your leaders lead smaller teams). Whoever gets the most answers right in the time I give you will get the FIRST PRIZE — but everyone will get a little prize. Some treats you can have when you are ready to leave later.
- Have everyone break off into groups with a leader in each group and then work through the Christmas Quiz (attached). Time them for about 8 minutes. If that is too short, then give them a little extra time, but not too much more!
- Mix the kids up so there are older and younger kids in one group. Some of the questions are really easy, and some are tough.
- Leaders — don’t help the kids…don’t give hints…if they don’t know the answer, have them make a wild guess!!
- PLEASE WRITE DOWN ALL THEIR ANSWERS AND GIVE TERESA THE SHEETS AT THE END — WRITE DOWN AS MANY ANSWERS AS YOU CAN, INCLUDING THE FUNNY ONES. (I made a little display of the answers for our kids website)
First prize: suckers you can give the winning team at the end
Second prize: everyone gets one of the wrapped candy slices
3. Tell the Christmas Story (using flashcards provided) (10-12 minutes)
You can make your own flashcards, or you can get permission from the author of the bricktestament.com and print off some of his fun lego pictures (look under New Testament, Life of Jesus…you will have to choose ones that you feel are suitable. Not all the pictures always represent the best view of our faith, but most of it is very helpful)
4. Make the Christmas Craft (10-15 minutes)
It is a little Christmas decoration they can decorate. Make sure you use the scrap paper to set the decoration on and write their name on the scrap paper, set aside on the shelf.
I wrapped blocks I found at the Dollar Store in brown paper, and hot-glued a little red ribbon loop on top and then provided lots of messy glitter and stickers and felts for the children to use to decorate these.
5. Play a fun little game to get the wiggles out (5-10 minutes)
- This is a relay race. Divide the kids in two or three teams
- Smear some Vaseline on the ends of their noses (I know, they will think it is gross…that’s the fun of it!)
- Then explain that they have to stick a cotton ball (a snowball) on the end of their nose and run to the other end, take the ball off and put it in the paper bag. The first team to use up all their cotton balls, wins! (no prize for this one though). If you want to make this more difficult (if the children are older) you can tell them they can’t use their hands to get the “snowball” off!!
- There will be some kleenex that they can wipe their noses off later
6. Now the kids can settle down and you can play the Christmas movie (35 minutes)
Provide some pop-corn twist snacks and some juice.
We used the DVD from the Read & Share DVD series; the Christmas movie. It is very well done and very accurate.