I have always loved singing, so it was no surprise when I was called to be the Primary chorister for my church. The Primary chorister leads singing time with children ages 3-12, and I am in charge of the 3-8-year-olds. You can learn more about what we believe here.
Since it’s getting close to Christmas time, I just had to take the opportunity to tell the children what all of symbols and colors of Christmas mean. Too many times we get caught up in the commercial aspect of Christmas, and we forget the real reason for the season is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
This activity is fun, because it will help to remind the kids what Christmas is all about, whenever they see Christmas decorations!
So here’s what I did. I packed a huge box full of Christmas decorations, and told the kids we were going to decorate the Primary room for Christmas. Each decoration had a number on it, and as the volunteers picked the decoration they wanted, we would sing the corresponding song. I gave my pianist a list of the songs, and the numbers that were attached to them, so that she would have time to flip to the song while I explained what the decoration stood for.
Before we would sing, I would explain the meaning of each ornament.
Christmas Evergreen Tree/ Color green- Stands for Everlasting life through the Atonement of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Gold Ornaments- Represent one of the gifts given to the baby Jesus.
Present- Represent all the gifts brought by the Wise men.
Bells- Represent the call to mankind to worship the Lord.
Candles- Represent the light that Jesus brings to the world.
Candy Canes- Red represents the blood that Jesus shed for us. White represents that our sins will be washed away and we will be as clean as white snow. They also represent the cane that the shepherds might have used. Also, if you turn them upside down, they make the letter ‘J’ for Jesus. (I brought a candy cane for each child, and challenged them to tell their parents what they learned in singing time.)
Carolers- I brought some singing snow men for this one, but you could use a picture. Carolers represent the multitude of Angels that sang when Christ was born.
Holly Berries- They are red and represent the blood that the Savior spilled for us on the cross.
Star- Represent the bright star that shone, marking the birth of the Savior and leading the shepherds and wise men to the baby Jesus.
Wreath- Represents the crown of thorns that Jesus was forced to wear when he was crucified.
This activity could be done without singing time, of course, and could be used on Christmas Eve, or for a Family Home Evening lesson too!