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Legend of the Candy Cane

candy cane meaning

Key Verse

Luke 2:8

Additional Verses

Isaiah 1:18; Hebrews 9:22

Materials Needed

  • Candy cane. If you want you can give out candy canes as part of this object lesson.

Object Lesson

(For more Christmas ornament meanings please check out our heartwarming Christmas Story Book)

(Show the candy cane.)

As Christmastime approaches we often will have all kinds of decorations and treats around our homes. One of my favorite things is a candy cane. They taste delicious and you can also hang them on your tree as a decoration.

There is a legend about how the candy cane was made. The story says that a candy maker wanted to make a very special piece of candy to remind the children about Jesus. The red color reminds us of Jesus’s blood that was shed when we died on the cross. But it is twisted with white. The white color reminds us that Christ’s blood will forgive us of all sins and make us clean just like this white color.

The candy is very hard which reminds us that Jesus is the solid rock and that we can depend on him.

(Hold the candy cane with the hook at the top.)

When you hold the candy cane this way it looks like a shepherd’s staff which reminds us of the shepherds who were the first to find out about Jesus’ birth. The angels came to them and send them to find Jesus in the stable.

(Flip the cane over.)

When you look at the cane this way it looks like a letter. Which letter is it? That’s right, a “J.” This J stands for Jesus, the savior of the world who was born in a barn long ago. Jesus is the real reason for the season. He is the one that we celebrate.

It is easy to get distracted at Christmas with thoughts of gifts, food, and decorations, but let us remember Jesus. It is his birthday, and whenever we see a candy cane let us think about him!

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The Christmas Star

christmas star

Key Verse

Matthew 2:2

Additional Verses

Luke 2:11; Numbers 24:17

Materials Needed

  • Star Christmas tree topper

Object Lesson

(For more Christmas ornament meanings please check out our heartwarming Christmas story book, The Jesus Tree.)

Around this time of year many of us put up Christmas Trees. Have any of you put up a Christmas Tree yet? What kinds of things do you decorate it with? (Allow for responses.)

(Show the star.)

Often times we will put a star up on the very top of the Christmas Tree. Do you know why we put a star on the top of our tree? In Matthew 2:2 we read that the wise men followed a very bright star that was shining in the sky and it led them to Jesus. So, we put a star on the top of our tree to remind us that the star lead the wise men to him.

God wants us to be like the star and lead people to Jesus too. We can let our light shine brightly so those people who are seeking the savior can find him. Are you shining brightly for Jesus? Are you pointing the way to him?

The Cards You Were Dealt

cards you were dealt

Key Verse

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Additional Verses

Ephesians 5:20; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 3:17

Materials Needed

  • Deck of cards

Object Lesson

Have you ever played a card came before? Maybe Old Maid, or Uno, or Go Fish? The way that many card games work is that they start out by dealing you a certain number of cards. (Deal out several cards for yourself.) They you have to look at your cards and play the game. Sometimes you get a really good hand of cards and you can play really well. Other times, your cards aren’t so good, but you still have to play the best that you can. Sometimes you can still win even if you were dealt a bad hand of cards.

In our life we were all dealt a hand of cards. Some of us have really good cards, and some of us have cards that are not so good. You might look at my cards and think that they are a piece of cake, and I may look at yours and think that they are easy, but that really doesn’t matter. We just have to play the cards that were given to us.

It’s easy for us to be thankful for the good cards that we have, but often times we aren’t thankful for the bad ones. God wants us to play both the good and bad as best as we can and be thankful and glorify him and praise him regardless of what we were dealt.

In my life I was dealt a set of cards, some are good and some are bad. (Set down some of the cards one-by-one while you say some good things and bad things that have happened in your life.) Some of these things are good and some are bad, but these are the cards that I was dealt. My job is to use them and play them the best way that I possibly can.

Many people just want to complain about their cards. Instead let’s be thankful for them and use them for the glory of God!

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Joy to the World

Joy to the World

Key Verse

Isaiah 9:6

Additional Verses

John 3:16; John 1:14; Isaiah 7:14

Materials Needed

  • Piano or keyboard

Preparation

Joy to the World

This object lesson is based on the C scale on the piano. This scale is very easy to learn and to play. You simply start with a C note (the white key to the immediate left of the 2 black keys) and you play each white key (to the right) until you get to the next C note. It should sound like Do – Re – Mi – Fa – So – La – Ti – Do. Once you feel comfortable playing if forward, try to play it backward starting with the higher C and playing each white key to the right back down the scale. Then you can play the scale backwards once more but try to emphasize the notes so that it sounds like “Joy to the World.”

Object Lesson

Have any of you ever played the piano before or taken piano lessons? I don’t know a lot about the piano but I do know that it can tell us the greatest story in the whole world! Did you know that?

It’s true! All I have to do is play a simple C scale and it will tell us an amazing story. (Play the scale starting from the low C and working up to the high one.) That is a C scale, but I didn’t hear the story yet, did you? Maybe I did not do it quite right, maybe I should try playing the scale backwards. (Play the scale backwards from the high C note to the lower one.)

Did that sound like an amazing story to you? (Wait for a response.) I didn’t hear a very good story yet either! This time I will try to play that C scale backwards and put a few pauses in it. (Play it now so it sounds like “Joy to the World.)”

Did you hear that? What what is? Joy to the world, the Lord has come! That is a great story isn’t it? In fact, that is the greatest story in the world! In Isaiah 9:6 it talks about a child being born that will be our Savior! Do you know who that was talking about? Jesus!

See, hidden in this simple C scale is the most amazing story! The story about Jesus who came to earth thousands of years ago so that He could save us from our sins and offer us Salvation and a new life! Let us always remember that the greatest gift we have ever been given is when God sent His Son Jesus to save us!

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Always Complaining

Joke about Complaining

There was a lady that was habitual grumbler and was constantly complaining about everything. One day her preacher thought he had discovered something that she could be happy about, because her farm crop was the best one for miles around. When he met her, he said with a big smile,”You must be very happy! Everyone is saying how healthy your potatoes look this year!”

She replied grimly, “True they’re pretty good, but what am I going to do when I need some bad ones to feed the pigs?”

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Thankful for Trash

Thankful for Trash object lesson

Key Verse

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Additional Verses

Ephesians 5:20; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 3:17

Materials Needed

  • Bag of garbage

Object Lesson

What things are you thankful for? (Allow for a few responses.) Many of us are thankful for the same kinds of things: home, transportation, job, school, family, friends, church, and the list goes on.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it tells us to give thanks in EVERYTHING! Not just the good things! A home is good, right? Food is good! Families are good. But this verse tells us to give thanks in everything! Does that mean we can be thankful for things that aren’t so good?

(Take out the bag of garbage and show everyone.)

Are you thankful for trash? This is pretty gross and disgusting isn’t it? How in the world can you be thankful for trash? Well, I am thankful for trash because this shows that I had enough to eat and the things that I need in my life. If I didn’t have anything then I wouldn’t have trash either.

But there are some people in this world that are even more thankful for trash than I am. Did you know that in many countries, like Ethiopia, people’s lives depend on the trash! They will sort through the fresh trash and get plastic bags to recycle for money. They will also find used clothing, shoes and sometimes even food. If it wasn’t for the trash those people wouldn’t be able to survive!

Now, I believe that we should help people who have great needs like that, but I also think that hearing their story can help us to be even more thankful to God for the things that we have. It helps us to not take for granted the food and clothing that we have and use everyday.

Let us always remember to be thankful, not just for the good things, but also for the bad things! Let us also remember to be willing to help those people who are in need and have much less than we do.

Horn of Plenty

Horn of Plenty

Key Verse

Philippians 4:19

Additional Verses

Psalm 36:8; Matthew 10:29-31; Psalm 37:25

Materials Needed

  • Cornucopia
  • Fruits and vegetables to fill up the cornucopia

Object Lesson

Often at Thanksgiving people will decorate their homes with a cornucopia. They will fill it with fruits and vegetables and call it a Horn of Plenty. This cornucopia is a symbol of having more than enough food to provide for your family, and that is one of the things that we are very thankful to God for.

In Philippians 4:19 the Bible says that God will provide all that we need according to His riches. It is like God has a giant cornucopia with everything that we could ever need. He provides for us from His own riches. Sometimes we can try to take credit for the things that we have. We think that because we work hard and make money to buy things that we have provided for ourselves. In reality God is the one that provides for us. If we have a job or get an allowance it is only because God has provided for us and has given us health and the opportunity to work.

It is important to be thankful for the things that God has provided for us. We should realize that He is the one that provides for us and takes care of us. Even if your parents take care of you, it is the Lord that gives them the ability to do it.

During Thanksgiving let us be grateful to God for the great things that He has done for us!

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Thanksgiving Short Jokes

Thanksgiving Jokes

Q: What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?
A: Plymouth Rock

Q: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?
A: Pilgrims

Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
A: They use FOWL language.

Q: What’s a turkey’s favorite type of doll?
A: Gobble-heads!

Q: Why was the Thanksgiving soup so expensive?
A: It had 24 carrots.

Q: What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
A: He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

Q: Why did the turkey sit on the tomahawk?
A: To hatchet.

Q: Why did the band hire a turkey as a drummer?
A: Because he had the drumsticks!

Q: What did the turkey say to the man who tried to shoot it?
A: Liberty, Equality and Bad aim for all.

Q: What’s the friendliest vegetable on Earth?
A: The sweet potato!

Q: Why did the Pilgrims want to sail to America in the spring?
A: Because April showers bring Mayflowers!

Q: If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
A: Their AGE!

Q: Why don’t turkeys fly?
A: They can’t afford plane tickets!

Q: Why do pilgrims pants keep falling down?
A: Because their belt buckles are on their hats!

Q: If a man wants to eat a turkey on Thanksgiving, what does a turkey want?
A: It simply wants to run away.

Q: Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
A: The outside

Q: Why did the police arrest the turkey?
A: They suspected it of fowl play

Q: What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
A: He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

Q: What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner?
A: The turKEY

Q: What did the turkey say before it was roasted?
A: Boy! I’m stuffed!

Q: Why do turkeys always go, “gobble, gobble”?
A: Because they never learned good table manners!

Q: What sound does a space turkey make?
A: Hubble, Hubble, Hubble!

Q: What key has legs and can’t open doors?
A: A Turkey.

Q: Why did the turkey cross the road?
A: It was the chicken’s day off!

Q: Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?
A: The turkey because he’s already stuffed!

Q: In what country is Thanksgiving ironically not celebrated?
A: Turkey.

Q: If you call a large turkey a gobbler what do you call a small one?
A: Goblet.

Q: What’s the best way to stuff a turkey?
A: Serve him lots of pizza and ice cream!

Q: What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner?
A: Your nose.

Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
A: Pumpkin pi.

Q: What is a pumpkin’s favorite sport?
A: Squash

Love One Another

Love One Another

Key Verse

1 John 4:11

Additional Verses

Galatians 5:22-23; John 13:34; 1 John 4:20; 1 John 4:7-8; 1 Peter 4:8; Romans 12:10

Materials Needed

  • Strawberry. Feel free to bring plenty to pass out.

Object Lesson

In Galatians 5:22-23 we learn about the Fruit of the Spirit. These are things that we should producing when we are living a life following Christ. The first one is talks about is the fruit of Love.

Do you know what love is? Love is when we care for someone more than we care about our own life. In 1 John 4:11 is says that God wants us to love one another because He loves us so much.

(Show everyone the strawberries.)

These are delicious strawberries and today they are going to represent the fruit of love. On Valentine’s Day people will often give someone they love a box of chocolate covered strawberries. Have you ever had a chocolate covered strawberry before? They are delicious!

(Hold up the strawberry so it looks like a heart.)

If you look at a strawberry it kind of looks like a heart we will often tell people that we love them “with all our heart.” God wants us to love Him with all of our heart! He also wants us to love others the same way.

(Take a bite of the strawberry.)

Strawberries are so sweet and delicious. God’s love is sweet, and he wants us to be sweet and loving to those that are around us as well.

God has loved us so much and He wants us to love those around us in return. In 1 John 4:7-8 it says that if we say that we love God but don’t love others then we really aren’t loving God at all. He wants us to love one another.

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Jesus is the Best Gift

Jesus is the Best Gift

Key Verse

John 3:16

Additional Verses

Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:9-10; Romans 8:32; Romans 5:10; John 3:36

Materials Needed

  • Small figure of baby Jesus, such as one from a nativity set (alternately you could use a cross)
  • A gift bag and tissue paper or a gift box and wrapping paper
  • Small treat or prize, such as a candy

Object Lesson

Do you guys like to open presents? I want some of you to tell me about the best present that you ever got! (Allow for responses).

The best present I ever got was (use your own story here).

Do you guys like to give presents? Isn’t it exciting to buy your friend a present and watch them open it on their birthday? Presents seem to get everyone excited. Well, I brought a present with me today (bring out the beautifully wrapped present) and I am going to let one of you open it.

(Choose a volunteer to open the gift. Ask the volunteer to tell everyone what it is:Baby Jesus or cross).

You know, God is a very generous giver. The Bible tells us in John 3:16 that God loved the world so much that He gave his only Son so that is any of us will believe in Him we won’t perish but we will have everlasting life in Heaven!

God sent His only Son into the world as a human baby and we celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. When Jesus was an adult He began to teach people about God and soon after that He died on the cross and He rose from the dead and that is what we celebrate at Easter time.

Now, imagine how hard it must have been for God to give up His only Son and allow Him to die on the cross for you and me. That must have been a hard thing to do, but God did it because He loves us so much. He says that all we have to do is believe in Jesus and we will have eternal life with Him in heaven. Believing in Jesus is the way that we receive this wonderful gift from God. You could also give someone the top wii games for kids to bring the family together at the end of along day and after you are done playing have a talk about god and pray.

(Say to your volunteer) I am going to give you a gift for helping me today (hold out the candy) and all you have to do is take it out of my hand to receive it. (Have the volunteer take the candy and sit down). All they had to do was receive it! I want to give all of your here the opportunity to receive this amazing gift, the gift of God’s Son and eternal life.  (Pray with them and give them the opportunity to receive Christ).

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