Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Nativity and a Christmas Symbol Story: Free Printable

Focus on the Nativity, Santa's Symbol Story & Free Printables

This time of year, our family focuses on the true meaning of Christmas which is the birth of Jesus Christ. We enjoy reading from the New Testament in Matthew, Luke and John about His birth. We like to make homemade gifts including Santa's Symbol Story and talk about the meaning of the symbols.


The meaning of the symbols:

  • Tree: The stately evergreen with its unchanging color represents the hope of eternal life in Jesus.
  • Star: The star was Heavenly Father's sign of promise.
  • Red Ornament: Red is the special color of Christmas because it reminds us of the blood that was shed by our Savior so that we could all gain Eternal Life, which is the greatest gift Heavenly Father can give us.
  • Bell: Just as lost sheep are guided to safety by the sound of the bell, it continues to ring today for all to be guided to the fold.
  • Candle: The candle was used in old days to light the way so people could see where they were going. Jesus came into our world and taught that He is the Light of the World.
  • Present: The gifts at Christmas symbolize the gifts given to the baby Jesus by the Wise Men. Christ gave us the greatest gifts of all - the atonement and Eternal Life.
  • Candy Cane: The shape "J" represents the precious name of Jesus. It represents the crook of the Good Shepherd which He uses to reach down and lift out the fallen lambs who have gone astray.
  • Wreath: The bow reminds us of the bond of perfection which is love. The wreath embodies all the good things about Christmas for those with eyes to see and hearts to understands - a circle without beginning and without end.

We have made gifts of the Santa's Symbol Story by printing it on pretty Christmas paper and putting miniature symbols in a decorated sack. This is usually combined with a loaf of Pumpkin Bread or Little Red Hen Christmas Cookies or maybe some hot cocoa and a relaxing visit with friends. During this time of year we prefer Acts of Random Kindness rather than joining the crazy exhausting shopping sprees.

My daughter likes to make candy cane ornaments using red and white beads on a pipe cleaner. These are pretty tied to a loaf of pumpkin bread. 

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What family traditions to you like to celebrate at Christmas?

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  1. i never knew the explanations for all of these Christmas items before except for the candy cane one :) i'll have to share this with our Sunday school class.

  2. This would be a great project for a Sunday School class, Homeschoolers or private schools. Thanks for visiting! Love your blog and appreciate your family's military service. I wish you a very Merry Christmas Andie!

  3. What a wonderful project! I love the simple explanations of what each symbol means.

    I will be sharing this post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page on Monday.

    1. Thank you Deirdre. I appreciate you sharing it. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  4. I love this explanations! I have a list like this I have been using with the girls!

  5. Cassie, Thank you for commenting. Santa's story is a wonderful visual for children to help them understand the true meaning of Christmas. The story has been around for years in different versions - author unknown. Interesting. Maybe Santa wrote it. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Wonderful post! Love the simple explanation of the symbols! I never knew how candy cane is related to Christmas!

    1. Esther - Thank you for visiting. Your blog is amazing. I wish you a very merry Christmas.

  7. Fantastic post, Susan! I joined the linky, but put up the wrong pic...should have put up the pic of the ornament. Hope they will click on it anyway.
    I loved all the crafts and activities you well as celebrating the true meaning and spirit of Christmas!
    Your blog is a wonderful resource for parents and teachers!
    Happy New glad we have connected.:)

    1. Your post is amazing - as always. I wish you a very Happy New Year too. Let's Hangout on G+ some more!