A Different Kind of Christmas Tree
Carlos was excited for Christmas. This year there was something different in his home. A large tree made of shiny green paper was attached to the door.
Mom, why is there a tree on the door?
We’re going to do something a little different for Christmas this year.
Carlos wondered what would be different. His sister, Araceli, and his little brother, Diego, wondered too.
I made these paper ornaments for the tree. Each day we will write something about Jesus Christ on an ornament and then put it on the tree. By Christmas Eve, the whole tree will be covered!
Carlos liked that idea. Araceli ran to the ornaments and grabbed a red pencil.
Jesus was baptized.
That’s a good one. Can I write that Jesus did many miracles?
That would be perfect. You both have great ideas!
Every night after dinner, Araceli and Carlos made another ornament and put it on the tree. Diego helped by telling them that he loves Jesus.
When it was hard to think of more ideas, they looked in the scriptures. Carlos didn’t know there were so many verses about Jesus!
On Christmas Eve the whole family sang songs and read the ornaments they had put on the tree. Carlos was happy he knew so much about Jesus. He knew he was ready for Christmas this year.
Spot the Differences
These children are learning about Jesus Christ’s birth by acting out things that happened when Jesus was born. See if you can spot the nine differences between the two drawings.
Left: illustrations by Phyllis Luch
The Christmas Story
Right: illustrations by Beth M. Whittaker
Helps for Parents
Read the story of the first Christmas in Luke 2. As you read, help your child listen for events that are shown in the two pictures and take time to let your children color the pictures.