The Christmas Story

For unto us a child [Jesus Christ] is born (Isa. 9:6).


Remove pages 18–19 from the magazine and mount them on lightweight cardboard. Cut out the picture strips along the heavy lines and glue them in numbered order. Cut out the manger scene and cut two slits inside along the broken lines. With the manger facing you, push the strip from the back through the right slit of the frame and back out through the left slit. As a parent or older sister or brother reads the verses of scripture, you can show each picture. (See Luke 1:26–31; Luke 2:1–20; Matt. 2:1–12.) Or you can tell the story of Jesus Christ’s birth by looking at the pictures and telling the story in your own words.

Paper cut outs(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Dilleen Marsh

Red-Nosed Reindeer Sandwiches

2 slices whole wheat bread

peanut butter

strawberry jam

12 pretzel sticks

4 raisins

2 cherry halves, drained

  1. 1.

    Spread the peanut butter on one side of a slice of bread. Spread the jam on the other slice of bread. Put the slices of bread together to make a sandwich.

  2. 2.

    Cut the sandwich in half diagonally. Look at the picture and create two reindeer sandwiches, using the pretzel sticks for antlers, the raisins for eyes, and the cherry halves for noses.

[photo] Photo by Lana Leishman

Good Books for Little Friends

When the Teddy Bears Came by Martin Waddell Mom and Dad brought the new baby home. They brought a teddy bear—the first of many that came to “help care for the baby.” Tom’s own teddy bear was one of them, but soon he and Mom were caring for the bears while Dad took his turn taking care of the baby. Magnificent art illustrates this story of love in a family.

Mimi’s Christmas by Martin Waddell Mimi and all her mouse brothers and sisters were eagerly awaiting Santa Mouse. Oh, what fun they had while they waited—and after he finally came!

Merry Christmas, Davy! by Brigitte Weninger While Davy’s family was out, he gave away much of their food storage to hungry animals. His family was worried but loving when they found out. And on Christmas Eve, his new friends (the hungry animals) gave him a special gift.

Alvah and Arvilla by Mary Lyn Ray Arvilla wanted to travel, just once, like other people, but she and Alvah lived on a farm. Their animals needed to be cared for every day. She had an idea, though: “If it’s the animals keeping us here, we’ll take the animals with us.” And so they did! In a glass “car” that Alvah built! Is the art perfect for the story? As Alvah would say—“Ayuh.”


To make this ornament for a gift or to decorate a package or a tree, you will need: a pencil, tracing paper, scissors, colored construction paper, a hole punch, an 8″ (20 cm) length of ribbon, tape, and a wrapped chocolate mint patty.

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    Trace the ornament pattern on this page and cut it out.

  2. 2.

    Fold the construction paper in half; place the traced pattern on the construction paper with the top of the ornament on the fold (see illustration), then trace the pattern. Cut it out, leaving the top fold uncut.

  3. 3.

    Punch a hole near the top of the ornament as shown. Thread the ribbon through the hole and tie the ends together.

  4. 4.

    Tape the mint inside the ornament.

[photo] Photo by Lana Leishman