Find a basket, shoe box or other container similar in shape to a manger. Cut long strips of yellow paper. Sit in a circle around the “manger.” Discuss that God loved us so much that He sent Jesus. He came as a baby and was placed in a manger for a crib. When we look at a manger scene this Christmas, we can think about LOVE. Love in the manger. Ask everyone to think about ways they’ve seen love the past week. Place a yellow strip of paper (straw) in the manger as each instance is shared. Try to fill the manger with straw.
Read: God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 1 John 4:9
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4: 19
Ask: What is eternal life? Why can we love others? What are some ways we can show love to others this Christmas season?
Pray: Thank you God for loving us and sending Jesus into the world so we can have eternal life. Help us to accept your love and to see your love in the world. Help us to love others.
Other things to do:
*Keep the manger some place that the family will see. Continue to place straw in it as you see acts of love.
*Draw names without telling the name. Secretly do acts of love for that person until Christmas (no gifts- just acts of service). Reveal your name on Christmas Eve.
*Write a love letter to God.