Christianity CHRISTMAS IS CELEBRATED Y1/2 ( Autumn 2A)
What is meant by the idea of something 'precious'?
What would you like to be inside? Discuss precious or special gifts. What makes a gift special or precious? Ask children to talk in groups about their own 'best present ever' and explain why it was so special to them.
Christians believe that Jesus was a precious gift. Who was the gift from and who was it to? What difference would that gift make?
Today we are thinking a lot about Mary and an angel who was called Gabriel, the move to Bethlehem and the birth in the manger.
Who were the angels, did they help, how? Look at the nativity figurines.
What did the Angels then do? Why did God choose Mary for this special job? She was young, poor, not yet married, from Nazareth, why not pick a Queen instead?
I wonder what is an angel?
I wonder if I believe in angels?
I wonder if this is good news or bad news?
Let’s look at all the nativity figures. Do we know who they are yet? Let’s look at the shepherds and wise men? Who can remember how they are included in the story? How is their role important and why do we think they are there? What gifts did they bring? Explore Christina Rossetti’s words from in the Bleak Midwinter…What can I give him….
Listen to the words from the third verse....If I were a poor man what would my gift be?
What gift would you have given at the stable. Draw one idea – they can’t all be bought gifts. Why do you think Christians give gifts at Christmas? Did God give a gift?
Carpet area - Frankincense and Myrrh. Pass some gold round, perhaps a piece of jewellery. Why would this be given to a baby? Explain that it was a valuable gift fit for a King. Burn some frankincense or smell it as an essential oil. How does it make them feel? It is used for a pleasant smell and to calm people down. It can also represent prayers going to God. This oil was to show that Jesus was a holy man. Myrrh. How does it make you feel? Why might someone rub a lotion into someone else? Talk about being gentle and making someone feel special. Myrrh was used when someone died and it was a way to show love and care.
Which parts of the Christmas story are still good news for Christians today...Let's take a quick look at the nativity scene again. Which nativity figures have been placed on to your nativity scene so far?
Why do Christians believe Christmas and the birth of Jesus to be good news today? Christians believe that the birth of Jesus brought joy and peace. Jesus was to bring peace for the world. What is peace and how can we help to have peace in our classroom, our school, our community. Why was Jesus a saviour? Is he still a Saviour for Christians today?
Cut out the Inn keeper and baby Jesus and glue onto your Nativity scene.