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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

True Meaning of Christmas Singing Time!

This week's theme was about Jesus being the Savior of the world.  I made the poster above, and yes I'm aware that my foam board is starting to look a bit tattered, but our Primary room doesn't have anything but a rolling chalkboard so it's hard to find room to hang things.  Anyway, I asked the kids if they thought something was wrong with this picture.  I got tons of funny responses, "too much red," "candles burn presents" . . .I told them that it was odd to put Santa and Jesus on the same poster.  Finally I pointed out that we were going to learn how all these exciting Christmas things like Santa and presents actually all tie into the birth of the Savior.  I told them that we were going on a musical journey to find the true meaning of Christmas!  On the back of each picture was the meaning and a song (listed below)  All pictures compliments of google. Also for the junior primary they seemed especially wiggly so I did silly things like had them sway back and forth during Silent Night or lead with me during the First Noel. . .just to keep them focused.  Good Luck!!
Bells- Shepherds ring bells to bring the lost sheep home.  In the same way God values all people, wherever they are, they are not lost to him.  In some places bells are rung on Christmas Day to proclaim the good news.       (Song: Christmas Bells)

Candles - Before electricity candles would light the way so people could see where they were going. The candles were usually handmade, great care was taken in how the candles were used, especially during the long, dark, cold winter months. When it is dark we are afraid, but the light casts away our fears. Jesus came into the world and taught that He is the light of the world.He casts away our fears and helps us feel safe   (Song: Silent Night)
Candy Cane - Represents the shepherds crook.  The crook was a strong stick with a curved end that could be placed around the neck of a sheep that had slipped down the hillside and could pull them back to safety.  The candy cane represents the helping hand we give to others, and reminds us all that we are our brother's keepers.  The original candy cane had three small red stripes which represent the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed.  And a large red stripe that represents the shedding of blood of Jesus so we can have eternal life. (Song: The First Noel)
Evergreen Tree - The evergreen of everlasting life, pointing heavenward. (Song: Away in a Manger)

Gifts - giving, sharing and thinking of others (Song: Once Within a Lowly Stable)

Star - The star of Bethlehem led the wise men to the Christ child.  It was a heavenly sign of promise from long years ago.  God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was a sign of the fulfillment of that promise.  (Song: Stars Were Gleaming)
Wreath - wreaths being in the shape of a circle represent a love that knows no end.  It signifies the love God has for us in sending His Son.  (Song: He Sent His Son)


I couldn't find the picture of Santa I used but if you google "santa clipart" there's tons to choose from.
Santa - The spirit of Christmas, giving and receiving love, caring, sharing, goodness, cheerfulness, peace, good will to all, Christ like giving.

The color red - represents the Saviors sacrifice for all of us.  Isaiah 1:18 (Song Joy To The World)


  1. I already have things planned for Primary for this month, but I'm going to use these ideas in my in-home daycare. All the families I babysit for are religious, so they will like this. Thanks!

  2. I love this idea! I'm planning on using it tomorrow. Thanks so much for your wonderful lesson!