For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Away in a Manger, Hymn#206
1. Away in a manger, no crib for his bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;
The stars in the heavens looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
2. The cattle are lowing; the poor baby wakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
3. Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven to live with thee there.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin by watching the following video:
Ask: What did you feel as you were watching this video?
Read aloud: During the Christmas season, we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It was a quiet, humble night. It was also one of the most important nights in all of history. Because of Heavenly Father’s plan, we came to live on Earth where there is sin and sadness. As mortal beings, we make mistakes and go through trials. Without a savior, there would be no way to overcome these things, but right from the very beginning Heavenly Father placed Jesus Christ at the center of his plan to be our Savior.
Ask: What are some of the blessings we have because Jesus Christ was born?
Read aloud: While Christ’s birth and Atonement brought beautiful and priceless gifts to all mankind, these gifts can also be very personal. Christ knows us, loves us, and can be with us always.
Share a personal experience about a time when Christ was there for you in a personal way. Then, pass out pieces of paper and writing utensils. For older children, teenagers, and adults, ask them to spend time writing down what it means to them that a Savior is born. Younger children can draw pictures of Jesus in the manger or other nativity scenes. Play gentle Christmas hymns or other inspiring music in the background. When you are finished, invite anyone who feels comfortable sharing to do so before sharing your testimony.
Finish the lesson by asking how you can share the message of Christ this Christmas with others. Make specific plans based on everyone’s comfort level.
Santa’s Cookies or Peppermint Oreo Milkshake
-12 tablespoons butter, softened
-¾ cup brown sugar
-¼ cup sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 cups flour
-1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix – dry, not prepared (one 3.4 ounce box, it must be INSTANT – not cook and serve, etc)
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-½ teaspoon salt
-1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
-1 cup white chocolate chips
-1 cup red and green M&M candies
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and mix well.
2. In another bowl whisk together flour, vanilla pudding mix, baking soda, and salt.
3. Gradually mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until incorporated. Stir in most of the chocolate chips. (Reserve a few chocolate chips and the M&Ms for later) Cover and chill for at least one hour.
4. Preheat oven to 350. Very lightly grease a baking sheet. (I lightly mist it with cooking spray, then wipe it off with a paper towel) Roll about 3 tablespoons of cookie dough into a ball (Should be about the size of a golf ball) and place on prepared baking sheet. Gently press remaining chocolate chips and the M&Ms into the cookie dough balls (this makes sure you can see the chips and the M&Ms after they bake!).
5. Bake for 9-12 minutes until cookies are set but still slightly underdone. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely. Store in airtight container at room temperature.
(Courtesy of Creme de la Crumb)
-2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
-½ cup milk
-4 Winter Oreos, broken into pieces
-1 candy cane, crushed
-whipped cream for topping, optional
Place ice cream, milk, Oreos, and crushed candy cane into blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!
(Courtesy of Belle of the Kitchen)
Candy Cane Hunt
Place candy canes all around your home and have your family go on a hunt for them! For younger children, have them find them and count them to make sure they had them all. Then have them hide them around the room themselves.
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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.