Nativity of the Lord – Christmas (A)

December 25, 2022

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The Mass Box

Catholic Kids Media

Society of Christian Doctrine

Salford Diocese, UK

The Kid’s Bulletin

Ministry to Children

Sermons 4 Kids

Sermon Writer

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The Liturgy Centre
Dramaztized Christmas Story
YOUNG CATHOLICS

Christmas Resources

Christmas is an important celebration in the Church. Only Easter carries a greater significance. On this feast we celebrate the incarnation of our Lord – God choosing to become one of us. Christmas is celebrated as an octave – eight days of observance.

Birthday Party for Jesus

Teach your young friends about Christmas by having a birthday party for Jesus! You can do this as a Christmas or Epiphany activity. We had our high school students plan and run the party for their young siblings, nieces, nephews, and neighbors.

Why Linus Drops His Blanket

A Charlie Brown Christmas emphasizes the religious nature of the holiday. But did you ever notice that Linus drops his blanket during the show?

Sunday Connection
by Loyola Press

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Vigil Mass

Mass at Midnight

Mass at Dawn

Mass During the Day

John 1:1-18 (or shorter form, John 1:1-5, 9-14)
John announces that in Jesus, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

GRADES
1-3

Help younger children understand the mystery of the Incarnation by teaching them that God became man to shine a light in the darkness—that is, to save us from our sins.

GRADES
4, 5, and 6

Older children can begin to appreciate the many ways in which we communicate with one another. Today’s Gospel recalls for us that Jesus, the Word of God, is God’s self-communication to us, which saves us from the darkness of sin.

GRADES
7-8

Young people at this age are beginning to work out whom they believe they can trust. When we trust someone, we believe him or her if he or she says, “I give you my word.” In today’s Gospel, we see that God gave us his Word—Jesus.

GO TO ACTIVITY

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Christmas (A)

THE MASS BOX

Making a Nativity Ornament

Merry Christmas! Making a Nativity ornament with Catholic Crafts with Clare and The Mass Box

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CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA

Christmas (A)

CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA
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Why Do We Celebrate Christmas?

Why do we celebrate Christmas? A fun Catholic reflection for kids based on the readings for the Christmas day, cycle A is from 2019. Isabella D’Angelo posts a new video every week. For her most recent videos click here.

SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE

Christmas (A)

WORKSHEET

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SOURCE: SDC Worksheets
SALFORD DIOCESE, UK

Christmas (A)

NO WORD SEARCH PUZZLE THIS WEEK

SOURCE: Salford Diocese Office for Liturgy
THE KID'S BULLETIN

Christmas (A)

REFLECTION
SOURCE: THE KID’S BULLETIN
MINISTRY TO CHILDREN

Christmas (A)

CHILDREN’S SERMON

Nativity Scene Crafts

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Nativity scenes can be as full of unique variety as tea sets. With so many options and variations, why not try your hand at making your very own? True, we may not know exactly what the historical stable looked like, and sometimes a creche can be cliché. But it’s Christmas, and any scene like this can serve as a beautiful reminder of the season’s joy and genuine meaning. Here are a few methods for creating a nativity scene. The bonus here is that you can attach string or pipe cleaner and transform your Nativity “characters” into hanging Christmas ornaments!

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SOURCE: Ministry to Children
SERMONS 4 KIDS

Christmas (A)

Don’t Miss Christmas!

OBJECT: You’ll need a helper who will light the candle on the cupcake and bring it out at the end of the children’s sermon.

One day the boy was walking down the street when he saw a poster in a store window.

It’s here! It’s finally here! Christmas is finally here! I just love Christmas, don’t you? What do you like best about Christmas? Is it the Christmas tree with its blinking lights? (Allow children to answer.)

Maybe you like the beautiful music or the delicious Christmas goodies. Perhaps it’s Christmas dinner with turkey and dressing and all of the trimmings. For some it might be all of the parties or visiting with family and friends. For many people the best thing about Christmas is the presents — both the ones we give and the ones we receive. Especially the ones we receive!


Activities for  Christmas (A)

Crossword Puzzle


Word Search

SOURCE: Sermons 4 Kids
SERMON WRITER

Christmas (A)

Happy Birthday

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OBJECT: Birthday cake

Thank you for coming today to celebrate the birth of Jesus, just as the angels, shepherds, and wise men came to celebrate his birth many years ago.

Today I’ve brought a birthday cake to celebrate the day Jesus Christ was born. The cake has four candles on it, one for each of the past four weeks of Advent – the time when we prepared for this day. The larger white candle in the middle of the cake represents this very day – Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. (Light the candles.) The light that shines from the candles reminds us of the love of God which shines in us when we have faith and believe in the power of God’s love.

It is very special to have you here today at this birthday celebration. Let’s talk a bit about who was there on the day that Jesus was born. His mother and father were there, in Bethlehem, in a stable where animals are kept. Nearby shepherds were living in the fields. An angel, sent from God, came to the shepherds and there was a great light that shone all around the shepherds. The Bible tells us that the light was “the glory of the Lord…” (2:9). We can think of that light as love shining from God to all of us on earth. Then the Bible tells us that all the angels of heaven came and sang praises to God.


More Sermons for  Christmas (A)

The Light of the World

OBJECT:Candles, a flashlight, picture of a lighthouse, a sunrise, a sunset.


The Power of the Word

Objects suggested: Dictionary or words of faith printed on poster board


The Word in All Languages

OBJECT: None

SOURCE: THE SERMON WRITER

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