This post is a compilation of ideas and links which I’ve appreciated for teaching multi-ages about Christmas. (As I find additional ideas or links, I plan on adding these to this same post, to make the info easy to find for you.)
For the ideas on these lists below, sometimes I’ve not added a link but instead have given you what is needed to find more information about it in a keyword search online. And for some ideas, I have provided a link for you.
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Resources Within Our Websites
Knowing Handel’s Messiah – a free lesson plan based on the familiar classical music plus Christmas carols – pdf format.
Christmas Colouring Sheets (cardstock) – in our shop
Christmas cards – in our shop
Suggested Sermons (or Programs) from The Word In Our Hearts (our ministry website):
The Pre-eminence of Christ (Dr. John M. Moore) – answers the question of Who is Jesus? from Colossians 1.
What’s in a Name? (Jake Redekopp) – gives examples in the life of Christ in His earthly ministry to fit with the Isaiah 9:6 verse.
Scripture and Carols Program From Our Family – a family home production telling the Christmas story from passages in Luke and Matthew with pictures and music.
Christmas Music Online
Sing Along Christmas music (with lyrics): Example – While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Matthews Brothers Concert (Christmas/winter-time in appearance but music is “year-round” selections)
Handel’s Messiah: An Oratorio (performed by Bob Jones University Choirs and Symphony Orchestra) – This is my favourite rendition of this music!
Christmas Music from Canadian vocalists (These represent a variety of languages and styles from Canada:)
Silent Night (sung in Inuktitut and English by Susan Aglukark)
O Holy Night (The Canadian Tenors)
The First Noel in the French language (by “Michael”)
Comical Words (relating to Canadian culture) to Christmas Songs (produced by Brittlestar)
This Christmastide (Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir)
History of Christmas Carols and Symbols – Celebrating Holidays (website) or encyclopedias, books, etc.
Teaching About The Real Christmas Story (of Jesus)
My Pinterest board for N.T. Christ’s Life on Earth (sub-category Christmas)
My Pinterest board for Children’s Ministry
The 12 Voices of Christmas (short audio monologues of story characters in the Christmas story)
Zechariah’s Benedictus Song (Glorious Films video clip)
Downloadable colouring pages and Christmas carols visualized: Bible Visuals International
Teaching About The Other Stories of Christmas
My Pinterest board for Art with Children – Winter Themed
The Twelve Days of Christmas (animated story)
Jingle Bells (animated story)
Red Boots for Christmas (animated story originally from The Lutheran Hour; also two other story titles produced by the same – The City That Forgot About Christmas, Christmas Is)
A Christmas Journey to Freedom (Day of Discovery with Wintley Phipps; story/song style)
Little House on the Prairie: Christmas at Plum Creek (based on childhood story of Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Christmas for a Dollar (by TPaulist Pictures)
Grizzly Adams: Once Upon a Starry Night
Buster and Chauncey’s Silent Night (animated mice story)
Twas the Night Before Christmas (animated mouse story by Rankin Bass)
A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (two of Peanuts Classics)
Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated classic)
A Christmas Story (1972) with Gumdrop and Goober (mouse and dog look for Santa Claus, animated)
The Forgotten Toys (Graham Ralph) (with doll and teddy bear in a Christmas search for a home)
The Bears Who Saved Christmas (animated teddy bears; produced by Ernie Speranza)
A Very Merry Pooh Year (Winnie the Pooh’s Christmas, Disney video)
Other Family Movies
Because the Christmas holidays are often a time when families like to watch a story together, I’ve included these titles. These are not specifically “Christmas” but they still have a good message and interesting storyline in them. Look up these keywords and find where ones of interest are available.
Pollyanna (2003 drama by Masterpiece Theatre)
The Good Journey (2018, Bridgestone Multimedia Group)
The Secrets of Jonathon Sperry (2008, Christian Movies)
Remember the Goal (Christian Movies)
Chariots of Fire (1981, the original story of Eric Liddell)
Lord, I’m Yours (2007, biography of Billy Graham by Day of Discovery); Celebrating Ruth Bell Graham – A Life Marked by the Faithfulness of God (2007, biography by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)
Indescribable (2013, Thorn Crown Project; Note – this is a story, not the other video by the same name)
A Man Called Norman (1990, Focus on the Family Films)
The Adventures of The Wilderness Family 1975)
Lassie Come Home (1943)
Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991); sequels are Skylark (1993) and Winter’s End (1999, Hallmark)
Fables of the Green Forest (animated stories based on Thornton W. Burgess “Adventures” series of books)