Turn your family’s Christmas preparations into holy moments with Jesus! Use these simple ideas to transform seasonal tasks like hanging lights and wrapping gifts into fun lessons that help kids focus on Jesus’ birth and the importance of spreading Jesus’ love and peace in your home.

Choose from 12 different suggestions (or “12 days of Christmas”) that each touch on a different character trait to help kids:

  • show kindness to others
  • be quick to forgive
  • cooperate with siblings
  • focus on giving to others, rather than receiving gifts for themselves
  • keep their thoughts centred on God’s amazing love throughout the Christmas season.

Recommended resources

Adventures in Odyssey: Advent Activity Calendar,
Tyndale, 2015. Ages 8 and up.

The Berenstain Bears Go Christmas Caroling,
by Mike Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2019. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving,
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. Zondervan, 2010. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears: The Very First Christmas,
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. Zondervan, 2015. Ages 4-7.

The Jesus Storybook Bible: A Christmas Collection,
by Sally Lloyd-Jones. ZonderKids, 2020. Ages 4-7.

The Legend of the Candy Cane,
by Lori Walburg. Zonderkidz, 2012. Ages 4-7.

The Wonder of the Greatest Gift,
by Ann Voskamp. Tyndale, 2017.

A Christmas Carol (2 CDs)
by Radio Theatre. Tyndale, 2008. Ages 8 and up.

Adventures in Odyssey: A Christmas Odyssey (4 CDs).
Focus on the Family, 2007. Ages 8 and up.

Adventures in Odyssey: Countdown to Christmas Advent Collection (8 CDs). Tyndale, 2015. Ages 8 and up.

Adventures in Odyssey DVD Series: Electric Christmas (DVD).
Tyndale, 2013. Ages 8 and up.

Christmas Oranges (DVD).
Bridgestone Multimedia, 2014. Ages 4 and up. Theme: Forgiveness.

The Star (DVD).
Sony Entertainment, 2018. Ages 4 and up.

VeggieTales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas (DVD).
Big Idea, 2013. Ages 4-7.

VeggieTales: The Best Christmas Gift (DVD).
Big Idea, 2019. Ages 4-7.

VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy (DVD).
Big Idea, 2012. Ages 4-7.

VeggieTales: The Ultimate Christmas Collection (DVD).
Big Idea, 2013. Ages 4-7.