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Four Family Christmas Ideas

Meaningful and fun ideas for retelling the Christmas story with people of all ages

Between eating dinner, exchanging gifts, and engaging in conversation at the annual Christmas gathering, sometimes our family has forgotten to retell the story that we’ve come together to celebrate. Sound familiar? 

Below you’ll find easy, meaningful, and fun ideas for retelling the Christmas story with people of all ages. Start a new tradition by using one with your family this year! 

Participation Story 
We did this last year with my extended family – ages two through 79 – and it was awesome. One person reads the story script; everyone else chimes in with an assigned sound effect. Download the script for free at tinyurl.com/y6wuspld. 

Wondering Story 
Welcome Home: A Christmas Devotional invites thoughtful participation through a series of wondering questions. Get it for free at tinyurl.com/y9hasxz9.

Build-a-Story 
This approach takes 30 minutes or more, but it can be a great way to fill that gap of time before the meal or prior to opening gifts. Split up into small groups of 2 to 4 people each. Assign each group a different scene from Luke 2 to recreate using LEGO blocks or an assortment of household objects you’ve gathered (cotton balls, tin foil, tissues, a ruler, spools, yarn, buttons, playdough, toothpicks, rubber bands, paper cups, and so on). When ready, each group can read their part of the story and show their creation. 

Picture-a-Story 
This method works well during a large family gathering where there’s some space to move around. Form small groups of 2 to 4 people. Divide a printed copy of Luke 2 into as many sections as there are groups and assign each group a section(s) of the story. Give them five minutes (more if they have more than one section) to plan how they will either act out (without speaking) or pose to form a live picture of their part(s) of the story. Have a narrator read the story, pausing for each group to quietly recreate their scene. 
For more family faith formation ideas, visit the Family Faith Formation toolkit at crcna.org/FaithFormation/toolkits

– This article was made possible through a partnership with CRC Ministries within Canada.

Author

  • Karen DeBoer is the Creative Resource Developer for Faith Formation Ministries. She prefers telling Christmas stories to cooking Christmas dinners.

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