What you need
a computer and a printer—or index cards and a writing utensil
What You Do
Print out pictures of the following candy wrappers: Mr. Goodbar®, Life Savers®, Crunch® , Zero®, Mounds®, PayDay®, gummy bears, mints (such as Altoids®), Almond Joy®. (You can find them by Google searching the candy name and clicking on “Images.”) Or you could just write down the names of the candies on index cards. (Or, if you’re feeling extra zealous—or hungry!—go and buy each all the candies!)
Mix up the images (or cards) so they’re out of order. Spread them on a flat surface where your child can see them all. Tell your child that you’re going to use the names of the candies as a prayer of thanks to God for sending us a Savior. As you read, pause to give your child a chance to find and hold up the candy that fits with the word you’re saying.
Read: “Dear God, thank You for your GOOD (Mr. Goodbar®) gift. Jesus is the ultimate example of Your love for us. Thank You for giving Your Son to be our SAVIOR (Life Savers®). Even though Mary and Joseph found themselves in a CRUNCH (Crunch® ) when it was time for Jesus to be born—and there were ZERO (Zero®) rooms available for them—You had a plan, God!
“Your plans are MOUNDS (Mounds®) better than our plans! Thank You that we can trust You no matter what. We know that Jesus, the Savior of the world, is better than anything we could ever RECEIVE (PayDay®). Life would be unBEARable (gummy bears) without Him! We MEANT (mint) so much to you, God, and you loved us so much, that you gave us a Savior. And today we get to celebrate, because “JOY (Almond Joy®) to the world, the Lord is come!” Thank You for Your gift of Jesus. Amen!”
Talk about the Bible Story
What’s the gift you’re most excited about giving this year?
What could you give that isn’t a “thing”?
Why did God send Jesus for us? (Because He loves us!)
Why did we need a Savior? (We sin, and our sin separates us from God. When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the price for the sins of the world. Jesus made it possible for us to have a relationship with God.)
How can we thank God for giving us the gift of His Son, Jesus?