This next week I’m going to be sharing our December Sunday School plans. We’ve been doing this Christmas Story Sunday School lesson for the last 5 years or so, and every year I intend to write about it, but it always feels weird to write about it after the fact. So, this year I planned ahead and had my kids try out these lessons before Christmas so I could share it with ya’ll. Yes I am that weird.
The Christmas Story Sunday School unit is only 4 weeks long so today I’m going to share a bit of the resources I’ve used at home that aren’t practical to use in my Sunday School class and don’t go with a specific lesson.
Christmas Story videos
I’m a sucker for good Christmas videos, I’ve got more videos than I want to admit, but here’s the ones we use for teaching about Christmas:
Why Do We Call it Christmas?– this does a great job getting into the why’s and how’s of our traditions.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever DVD(this is going to get its’ own post in December)- for a book/movie that’s not Christian in intent it does an amazing job explaining the WHY of Christmas.
The Nativity Story– I love this movie. I know there are parts that aren’t biblically accurate, but it gives a great overall feel for the first Christmas.
Christmas Story books
We have 30 picture books, I’ve got an entire post on our Christmas picture books. I love them. There’s a few I love more than others
Mortimer’s Christmas Manger tells the story of a young mouse looking for a home for Christmas. It’s by the same author/illustrator as the Bear books and reading it makes me smile.
I love the illustrations for Animals’ Christmas Carol, they’re amazing quality, and I’ve got a Animals’ Christmas Carol craft post.
Donkey’s Dream is based on Catholic traditions and names for Mary, and the illustrations are gorgeous.
Who is Coming to Our House? is a rhyming book with lots of repetition and pairs well with Animals’ Christmas Carol.
Christmas activities and resources
Jesse Tree– The kids and I have been doing a variation on this for the past several years and they LOVE it, probably because it’s a fun combination of games and crafts. This particular one I’ve been printing off for my Sunday School class to take home and complete with their families, I add in my own flair for each day though.
Small World Play Bethlehem– We need to make new houses for this. Last year in a cleaning purge I threw them all out. The figures are still floating around our peg doll collection.
What should you expect this week for the Christmas Story Unit?
- Christmas Storybook (where the printable for all of these lessons is stored)
- Jesus’ Family Tree
- The birth of John announced
- The birth of Jesus announced
- Let’s share the excitement of Jesus’ birth