Choosing a Christmas Program

Hopefully, you’ve  already chosen your Children’s Christmas Programs for this year and are already started it. In case you are starting late, today we’ll talk about how to choose a program.

Choose a program with music you and your children like. Each children’s ministry has its own style of music. If you use music that could be geared to teens in children’s church, you won’t want a program with kiddish songs that your children consider dorky. If you use high energy songs, you won’t want a program with a lot of slow songs. Song choice is one of the most important things about the program you choose.

Choose a message that fits the audience. If you have a small urban church with a poor population that finds it hard to make ends meet, you might not want to go with the program that talks about avoiding the excess of Christmas. If unsaved parents will be attending, look for a program with a more evangelistic message. Fit the message to your congregation.

Consider the size and ages of your children. If most of your children are younger, between the ages of six and eight, you might want a simpler program than you would if most of your children are between the ages of ten and twelve. Also, if you only have ten children in you program, you might not want a program with eight speaking parts. On the other hand, if you have a children’s church with fifty children, most of them older, you wouldn’t want the program with only three speaking parts.

The Christmas Program Elephant

The old joke says “How do you eat an elephant?” Of course, the answer is one bite at a time. For children’s pastors, that’s much the same way to plan a Christmas program. Christmas programs are massive undertakings that are better digested one bite at a time.

The first thing you should do is divide the program up in sections. Find workers to take on each of these sections. You don’t have to use people who normally work in children’s ministry. For instance, the person in charge of costumes doesn’t have to be called to minister to children, but she does have to know how to sew. Find somebody who can take care of each area.

Here’s some ways you might divide up your program into bite size pieces.

Choir Director: The choir director teaches the children the songs. You might contact your music director for an idea of who to use.
Drama Director: The drama director is in charge of teaching the children the speaking parts.
Media Technician: Don’t wait until the last minute to find someone to do the sound, power point, sound effects, and lighting. Have someone from the sound and media department of your church be in charge of this.
Costumes: Choose someone to make, buy, or design costumes for your play. Make sure this person knows exactly what you’re looking for.
Set Design: Look for a creative person who knows how to draw. This person will be in charge of the set design and decorations.
Props: Find a person whose only job is to find the props needed for the play and have them ready for rehearsals and performances. This will take a big load off of you.
Party: If you have a dress rehearsal party or cast party, assign someone else to make the plans and provide the refreshments.
Backstage Director: This person will be in charge of finding people to help the children in their costumes, get them where they need to be when they need to be there, feeding lines to children from the side stage, and keeping the children occupied while they are waiting for the program to begin. You could have more than one person in charge of these different areas.
Stage Director: The stage director is in charge of deciding where the children will stand while they’re doing their parts, where the choir will stand, and where and when everyone will come in. This person will also work with the media director to make sure the children have the right microphones at the right time.
For a Christmas program succeed, it needs to be a team effort.

Christmas Movies for Children’s Ministry

A great way to teach over the holidays is to incorporate Christmas movies into your Children’s Church or mid-week program. Use movies that are around a half hour in length, and plan the rest of the service to go along with the theme of the movie.

One way to do this that’s very effective is to break up the movie into segments that end with cliff hangers. In between the segments, you can do you praise and worship, teach the memory verse, and have a short talk about what the movie is teaching.

Here’s some great movies you can use.

Charlie Brown Christmas: This movie is a classic that shows the real meaning of Christmas is not in the commercialism but to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Veggie Tales St. Nicholas – The Story of Joyful Giving: This new Veggie Tales movie teaches about the true spirit of giving.

Veggie Tales The Star of Christmas: The Veggie Tales classics teaches us to love each other.

Veggie Tales The Toy That Saved Christmas: This was the first Christmas Veggie Tales movie and teaches Christmas isn’t about getting; it’s about giving.

The Nativity – Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible: This video is an animated telling of the story of Christmas.

Read & Share Bible DVD The Jesus Series – Christmas: This is a great series to teach children Bible stories.

The Visual Bible For Kids – The Birth of Jesus: The DVD tells the Christmas story word for word according to Scripture and teaches a boy the importance of sharing his faith.

There are many others, but these are the best around.

Christmas Lessons

christmascandycane4Here are a list of the Christmas stories, object lessons, advent lesson, and sermons on my blog. I hope you enjoy them.

The Legend Of The Candy Cane

The Colors Of Christmas

The History Of The Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Object Lessons

The Three Trees Story

Christmas Movies For Children’s Ministry

Advent For Children’s Ministry:

Week 1 – Hope

Week 2 – Peace

Week 3 – Joy

Week 4 – Love

Christmas Eve – Jesus Is The Light Of The World

The Three Tree Story


If you’re teaching the children the history of the Christmas tree or giving them Christmas tree object lessons, this is a great story in add. It’s also good for any time of year.

Author Unknown

Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: ” I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!” The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it’s way to the ocean. ” I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world! The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. I don’t want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me they’ll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.

Years, passed. The rain came, the sun shone and the little trees grew tall. One day three wood cutters climbed the mountain. The first wood cutter looked at the first tree and said, “This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shining ax, the first tree fell. “Now I shall make a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!” the first tree said.

The second wood cutter looked at the second tree and said, “This tree is strong. It’s perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shining ax, the second tree fell. “Now I shall sail mighty waters!” thought the second tree. ” I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!”

The third tree felt her heart sink when the last wood cutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the wood cutter never even looked up. “Any kind of tree will do for me.” He muttered. With a swoop of his shining ax, the third tree fell.

The first tree rejoiced when the wood cutter brought her to a carpenter’s shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feed box for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, or treasure. She was coated with saw dust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals. The second tree smiled when the wood cutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and awed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river, instead she was taken to a little lake. The third tree was confused when the wood cutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. “What happened?” The once tall tree wondered. ” All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God…”

Many days and nights passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feed box. “I wish I could make a cradle for him.” Her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and sturdy wood. ” This manger is beautiful.” She said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and a thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through the wind and the rain. The tired man awoke. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, “Peace.” The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten wood pile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man’s hand to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God’s love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.

The next time you feel down because you didn’t get what you wanted, sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.