Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Nativity and Santa's Symbol Story: Free Printables

Santa's Symbol Story: Free Printables including Coloring Book

This time of year, our family focuses on the true meaning of Christmas which is the birth of Jesus Christ. We enjoy reading together the Scriptures about His birth. We also like to make homemade gifts including the Santa's Symbol Story in which Santa explains the religious meaning of Christmas symbols.


Or you may prefer the FREE COLORING BOOK version kindly provided by Vinnie, a follower of my blog: SANTA'S SYMBOLS COLORING BOOK

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 make gifts of the Santa's Symbol Story by printing it on pretty Christmas paper and putting miniature symbols in a sack. Your children could color a brown or white lunch bag with drawings of some of the symbols. The gift is sometimes combined with a loaf of Pumpkin Bread or Little Red Hen Christmas Cookies or maybe some hot cocoa with a relaxing visit with friends. During this time of year, we also prefer Acts of Random Kindness (free printables of good deeds for adults and children with a Noah's ARK theme) 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 or sack. 

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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!

  8. i would like to print the story but the link is not working =(


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