Let each child have a turn to hold the package and guess what is inside. Tell the children the tag is a clue. Read aloud John Ask the children if they know now what the gift is and who it is from you may need to remind the children that God is another name for Heavenly Father. Have a child unwrap the gift and hold up the picture so everyone can see it.
Help the children understand that one reason the birth of Christ is such a great gift is that Jesus Christ came to teach us the right way to live. He taught us that loving and helping others will make us happy. By sending Jesus to earth, Heavenly Father gave us a gift that will help us find happiness not just at Christmastime but always.
Point out that Heavenly Father wanted everyone to know about his gift to us, so he placed a beautiful new star in the sky. Display picture , The Wise Men, and ask the children to tell the story of the Wise Men following the star to find Jesus see Matthew — Help the children with any details they may have forgotten. Read aloud Matthew Explain that frankincense and myrrh were sweet-smelling perfumes used in religious ceremonies. All three gifts were valuable and difficult to get. The Wise Men wanted to bring Jesus the nicest gifts they could find. Why did the Wise Men bring these gifts to Jesus?
To show they loved and honored him.
Why did the Wise Men bow down and worship Jesus when they saw him? They knew he was the Savior, the Son of Heavenly Father. Have the children act out the story of the Wise Men. Give a part to every child who wants to participate. You may also ask a child to hold the paper star. Help the children put on their costumes or name tags.
To add to the presentation, you may wish to play a recording of spiritual Christmas music softly in the background. Narrate by reading selected verses from Matthew —12 , particularly verses 2 and 9— You may want to have the Wise Men repeat Matthew with you. If necessary, explain that King of the Jews is another name for Jesus Christ. Explain that just as the Wise Men brought gifts to Jesus to show their love for him, we can give gifts to others to show our love for them.
Tell the following story about a young boy named S. Dilworth Young, who later became a General Authority:. The Christmas that S. Dilworth Young was five years old, he saw a jigsaw puzzle displayed in the window of a store. The puzzle had a picture of an old horse-drawn fire truck on it. Dilworth wanted that puzzle for Christmas more than he wanted anything else. Elder Young later explained what happened with the puzzle on Christmas Day:. But right off I spotted my puzzle. It was wrapped in bright paper, but I could tell by the shape what it was.
I quickly opened the box and was soon lost in the pleasure of putting the puzzle together.
He said the father had no job and no money, and then he suggested that we take our Christmas dinner to them. He also asked each of us to select our most loved toy and give it to a child in the Jensen family. I thought about giving something else, but I knew deep down that there was only one gift to give. Father carried the turkey on a platter. Mother and my sister Emily followed with potatoes, gravy, dressing, cranberries, and dessert. And under my arm, carefully rewrapped, was my fire engine puzzle. Emily gave her beautiful doll to the girl.
I stepped forward and looked at the boy about my age. He took it from me and smiled. Next my brother gave his offering to the smallest child. And then we returned home. I felt as though I were floating on clouds of good feeling, for I knew I had made someone else happy. Have you ever given something to someone else that made him or her happy? Let the children talk about times when they have made others happy by giving them gifts. Explain that when we give gifts to others, we show that we love them.
While it can make us happy to receive a gift, it can also make us happy to give gifts. Point out that gifts do not have to be expensive to show a lot of love. Some of the best gifts are gifts of service. Tell a story about a child who gave gifts of service.
You may want to use the following story:. Christmas was coming soon, and Beth wanted to give Christmas gifts to her family to show them how much she loved them. Beth decided to give gifts of service. Beth made a card for every member of her family, and on each card she wrote something that she would do for that family member. Where to stay: " 25hours hotel The Circle ", one of our top picks in Cologne, the hotel offers a sauna and a sun terrace.
The enticing fragrance of gingerbread, mulled wine and grilled sausage is hanging in the air at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. First mentioned in , its roots probably go back to the time of Luther when the tradition of giving children presents at Christmas evolved. Ever since then, traditional decorations and culinary treats have been offered by the wooden stalls decorated with red and white canvas.
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