Counting down to Christmas is exciting, especially for children. They’re looking forward to playing in the snow, putting up the Christmas tree, and, of course, opening the presents. With all of that excitement, how can they sit still and learn during those last few school days before Christmas vacation? The good news is they don’t have to sit still; make use of their excitement and throw a “Happy Birthday, Jesus” party!
CTA customer Tiffany Sloane worked to build anticipation for her “Happy Birthday, Jesus” party throughout the month of December. Her kindergarten class at Statesville Christian School in Statesville, North Carolina, prepared for the party every day during devotion time. Tiffany used several different Christmas books to teach the children about Jesus’ birth and the reason he was born. Then, the children created their own Christmas books.
“Each child told me a piece of the story in their own words and drew a picture to go along with it,” said Tiffany. “We gave the books to the children’s parents and to the school office staff as Christmas presents.”
After a month of building anticipation for Jesus’ birthday, Tiffany’s class had a party the day before Christmas vacation began. The kindergartners drew pictures to decorate the room and helped hang streamers, balloons, and a banner. Tiffany gave each child a goodie bag and the class played games she had created like “no room at the inn musical chairs” and “search for the star scavenger hunt.”
When it was time for treats, Tiffany gave each child a cupcake with one candle in it. “Each child got to blow out their own candle after we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jesus,” said Tiffany. “This was a reminder that Jesus was born just for them and he would have died just for them, even if they were the only people on Earth.”
Tiffany’s classroom party was such a success, she threw a party at home for her own children and their cousins on Christmas Day.
“I could clearly tell what an impact the ‘Happy Birthday, Jesus’ parties had on my students and my own children,” she said. “All children love to go to birthday parties. The party is a very easy, accessible way to help children understand the amazing love that God demonstrated through the gift of his Son at Christmas. It is a way to clear out all the junk that goes along with a very commercialized view of Christmas, while at the same time, allowing children to have a great time!”
Tiffany had great ideas for a “Happy Birthday, Jesus” party and you can find even more ideas at www.CTAinc.com.
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