What You Need
Stuffed animal, blanket
What You Do
Put the stuffed animal on the couch wrapped in a blanket. Gather the family in a space in the home far away from the couch. Review this month’s memory verse and motions. Then, lead the family to tiptoe around the home to the stuffed animal and whisper the verse to “baby Jesus.” Return to another section of the home, choose a new leader and do it again.
Say, “Let’s pretend this stuffed animal is baby Jesus! Let’s put Him to sleep right here. Tuck Him in nice and safe. Now, quietly walk over here in the [kitchen.] Don’t wake the baby!
“Let’s say our verse together.
“‘God (point up)
loved the world so much (hug yourself)
that he gave (hands out with palms up)
his only Son,’ (rock arms like a baby)
John 3:16. (Open hands like a book.)
“Great job! Let’s do it again. (Repeat several times.) Now, follow me, and we’re going to tiptoe to baby Jesus and whisper this verse to Him. Remember, babies sleep a lot, so let’s make sure we whisper.
“God loved the world so much that He gave us Jesus! What a wonderful and special gift God gave to ALL of us. Tell me, why is Jesus special? Jesus is God’s Son.”
“Dear God, this is such a special time of year because Jesus is special, and it’s His birthday! Thank You for loving us so much that You gave us Your Son, Jesus. Help us celebrate Him every day! We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”