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I just got off the phone with my friend and I am excited! We are planning a Happy Birthday Jesus Party for our kiddos and two other families.
Thought maybe you would like to see what we have planned!
Just to help you understand the number of kiddos and ages that we are planning for: 4 boys 1st-3rd Grade, 4 girls 1st through 5 years, 3 year old, 2 year old, and 1 year old
Wide Popsicle Sticks (some precut to make the different sized branches for the tree)
Glue (Hot glue would work well for the Christmas Trees)
Craft Items to Decorate the Trees
The Tale of Three Trees Book
Manger Scene (hidden around the room)
3 layered round cake - red, green, and chocolate layers
Christmas Tree Ornaments:
To tie the ornaments to Christmas, we will read:
Before beginning the party, hide manger scene pieces around the room or house. Give the children hints of what piece they will be looking for.
Or have the children hide the piece and allow one child to find it. As they are looking give them clues to help them know how close they are to the hidden piece. Use the standard hot/cold clues or do something geared toward Christmas. Give them numbers between 1 and 25. The closer they are to the piece, the closer the number is to 25. Or, pat your legs like a donkey walking. The closer the donkey gets to "Bethlehem" the faster the donkey walks.
"I told Mary that she would give birth to a son. He was to be named Jesus. Who am I?" (Angel)
"I loved Mary very much. She and I had to travel to Bethlehem. Who am I?" (Joseph)
"Although I was frightened by the angel, I told God that I would do what He chose for me to do." (Mary)
"I carried Mary to the inn. Hee-haw! What am I?" (Donkey)
"We were watching our sheep and suddenly an angel stood before us saying, "Today, in the town of Bethlehem, a Savior has been born. He is lying in a manger. Who are we?" (Shepherds)
"Baby Jesus was born in our stable. Moo-moo! What are we?" (Cow)
"God put a special star in the sky as a sign that a new king had been born. We followed the star to find Jesus. Who are we?" (Wise Men)
"I am the greatest gift at Christmas time. My Father sent me to save the world from their sins. Who am I?" (Jesus)
Cows? Maybe, the Bible doesn't say
Manger? Yes, Luke 2:7
Mary? Yes, Luke 2
Sheep? Maybe, the Bible doesn't sayJoseph? Yes, Luke 2
Jesus? Yes, Luke 2
Shepherds? Yes, Luke 2
Donkey? Maybe, the Bible doesn't say
The Wise Men? No, Matthew 2:11
Manger? Yes, Luke 2Angel? No, Luke 2:15
Return to the Christmas Tree Ornaments and decorate.
When cooled, stack the chocolate layer, red layer in the middle, ending with the green layer with white frosting in between. Frost the entire cake with white frosting. Add yellow decorations and candles to the top.
The chocolate layer reminds us that our heart is full of sin.
The red layer reminds us that Jesus shed His blood for our sins.
The white frosting reminds us that Jesus will forgive our sins and give us a clean heart.
The green layer reminds us to grow in Christ through praying, reading the Bible, and worshipping.
The yellow decorations remind us of heaven.
The candles remind us Jesus is the Light of the world.
These activities are geared toward early elementary aged children but most of these activities can be dubbed down for preschool aged children. Gather more ideas from the ABCJLM Christmas Ideas page or from the ABCJLM Christmas Traditions blog posts.
Are you hosting a Happy Birthday Jesus party? What activities do you have planned?
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