Festivals - Christmas
The Gift was wrapped in swaddling clothes
And in a manger laid,
A helpless baby lying there
The love of God portrayed.
The world was dark and quiet, but
The angels couldn't keep
Their silence any longer as
They watched the nation sleep-
They broke the sky with glory light,
Their praises rang out clear,
They told the watchful shepherds 'Look
The Gift of God is here.
You'll find Him in a manger and
One day He'll grow to be
The Saviour you've been waiting for-
The Lord and Christ is He!'
From 'The Well Good News of Christmas', available from the Bible Society
'Mary set off travelling, with Joseph right beside,
They walked and talked for miles and miles, till Bethlehem arrived.
With a baby inside Mary, who was going to be King,
When they finally arrived, there was no room at the inn!
So a place was found by haystack and corn,
And in this spot, the baby was born.
So they stayed in the shed where animals fed,
And the baby had straw instead of a bed.'
In Search of Christmas
In Search of Christmas is a trail-based treasure hunt for children and families, using a series of videos to encourage conversation and help crack a code. Videos are accessed by scanning QR codes, as the groups explore the local area. This resource is fun, interactive and engages children in exploring, walking, and sharing their thoughts on the Christmas story. Visit www.su.org.uk/christmastrail to find out more.
Christmas in a Box
Bristol Schools Connection has a great resource to encourage thought and creativity around the Christmas story. Visit their website for more information.
The Real Advent Calendar
The Meaningful Chocolate Company sells the UK’s only Fairtrade Advent calendar which comes with a free 24 page Christmas story-activity book and supports charitable causes. The Real Advent Calendar is designed to share and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas so that Christ is not written out of Christmas. Why not use it in classrooms as a basis for discussion?
Christmas lesson ideas
Here is an idea for an activity about sharing the good news of Christmas.
Here is a simple activity about the Queen's Christmas speech and her Christian faith.
Fantastic video Resources on Youtube
The Greatest Journey – Bible Society Christmas story for children (2017)
https://youtu.be/ggFqPfbry_o - 3 minutes 32 seconds
The First Christmas – Stop-Go Animation / Claymation (1998)
https://youtu.be/y7T23XV-2Ek - 21 minutes 40 seconds
The Christian Story of the First Christmas | Religions of the World
https://youtu.be/FrTFAZPQxpE - 3 minutes 24 seconds
It Begins in Bethlehem – Our 2020 Christmas story for children
https://youtu.be/D06k9vulAVQ - 4 minutes 47 seconds
The Mystery of the New Noisy Neighbour – Bible Society Christmas story for children (2018)
https://youtu.be/URMtYSvMJys - 4 minutes 58 seconds
The Christmas Poem –Bible Society Christmas story for children (2015)
https://youtu.be/zD8FjeOYKgU - 4 minutes 9 seconds
The Star (2017) - The Nativity Scene (10/10) | Movieclips
https://youtu.be/poswRRB_2i0 - 4 minutes 56 seconds
The Shepherds Visit Jesus
https://youtu.be/POSvV6mWAYQ - 3 minutes 35 seconds
The Nativity in Makaton
Adventure of Christmas
https://youtu.be/qjbjeLyLQUE - 2 minutes 31 seconds
Make Your Own Nativity Set Ideas
Nativity Cut Out template
TLG has a great nativity cut out template to download.
Wooden Artist's Models
Use wooden artist’s models (tip: they can often be found in charity shops), pieces of fabric and rubber bands. These are ones that CaSS has made.