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20 December, 2018

Jesus is the Best Gift Ever Luke 2:1-7

Today at Holiday Club we Dug into the Christmas Story in Luke and learned that God gives the greatest gift of all time—Jesus. He doesn’t come wrapped in wrapping paper, but in snuggly cloths and lying in a manger. Mary gives birth to Jesus when she and Joseph are in Bethlehem for a census.

“And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born” (Luke 2:6).


The Best Gift Ever

Jesus is the best gift ever! Show that Jesus always comes out on top with this fun science experiment. Your child may have already done this in class. If so, let him or her lead!

  1. Get some honey or corn syrup, milk, dish soap, and vegetable oil.
  2. Make a guess about what will happen when you pour all the liquids into a glass.
  3. Try it! See what happens.
  4. Try it again, pouring the liquids into the cup in a different order. See what happens if you add other liquids, such as water, maple syrup, or rubbing alcohol.
  5. What happens if you put in small objects, like a bolt, a grain of rice, or a bead?
  6. Talk about why the liquids separated and why the vegetable oil stayed on top.
  7. Talk about why Jesus is on the top of the “best gifts” list. 

 

Through the Week

Thank Jesus for his amazing gift through the week.

  1. Set up an extra stocking for Jesus. It could be an old sock or a real stocking.
  2. Throughout the week, family members can write or draw short thank-you notes and put them in Jesus’ stocking.
  3. On Christmas, open Jesus’ stocking and read all the thank-you gifts aloud.

 

Family Discussion

  • What have your favorite Christmas gifts been in the past?
  • Why is Jesus an even better gift?

 

Watch and Discuss

It’s a lot of fun to go out at this time of year and see the Christmas lights, sing carols, or just be with friends. Let’s see what happens when some friends go out at Christmastime and interview people they meet on the street.

Watch “Showing Love.”

These kids asked people a lot of questions about Christmas. Let’s answer some of the questions they asked!

  • What do you love about Christmastime?
  • What do you think about dogs wearing antlers?
  • What’s the best Christmas present you ever got?

It’s fun to share our own Christmas stories and memories and to hear what other people think about Christmas. We can all think of a Christmas present that was fun to get or that really made us happy, but the very best gift of all is Jesus.

At Christmas we remember that Jesus is the best gift ever, because God gave us Jesus so that we can know God as our friend. That’s a great gift!


Digging Into the Life of Jesus. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.

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