Open your bible to Luke 2. Choose one or more members of your family to read verses 1-21.
As a family, go through the following questions:
- The Christmas season can feel like a very busy time of year. What kinds of plans did our family have that led up to this day? (Examples: Christmas shopping, cooking, decorating, parties, church gatherings, etc.)
- What kinds of plans do we have for today now that Christmas is here?
- Why do we make plans?
Say: We plan for things that are special or important to us. We have been working on plans all month so that we could celebrate Christmas and make it special. God makes plans too. In fact, He knew since the very beginning what His plan to save us was.
Discuss the following passages with your family in light of God’s plan:
- God made everything. (Genesis 1)
- Adam and Eve sinned. (Genesis 3)
- God made a promise to Abraham. (Genesis 17:1-8)
- Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would come. (Isaiah 53)
- John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus. (Matthew 3:1-12)
Say: God knew from the very beginning that He would send Jesus to be our Savior. Our plan today should be to glorify God’s plan in Jesus.
PARENTS, lead your children through this meaningful lesson about Christusing a popular Christmas season treat. Of all the beautiful traditions of Christmas, few are as ancient in meaning and rich in symbolism as the tradition of the Candy Cane. Did you know that Candy Canes are a incredible reminder of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Read the poem below together as a family.
THE CANDY CANEGOSPEL
Look at the candy cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure
“J” is for Jesus my Lord, that’s for sure
Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
was born for me!
Pray together as a family. Read the following prayer out loud, and have your family repeat after you:
Lord, thank You for your perfect plan
You are a thoughtful and gracious God
Please help me remember that today is about celebrating You above everything else
I love you Lord
In Jesus’s name, amen