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The Naughty List

lump of coal

Key Verse

Romans 3:23

Additional Verses

Romans 6:23; John 3:16-17; Romans 5:8

Materials Needed

  • Lump of coal

Object Lesson

As Christmas gets closer and closer many people start talking about Santa Claus. The chubby guy in a red suit that delivers gifts to all the good kids in the world. We go to the malls to sit on his lap and tell him all the wonderful things that we want, then we try to be really good so he will actually bring them. But what happens if we aren’t good? What does Santa supposedly bring to bad children?

(Show the lump of coal.)

He brings a lump of coal! That doesn’t sound very nice does it? I sure wouldn’t want to just get a lump of coal for Christmas. But guess what! I am not a very good person. I have done things that I shouldn’t do. In fact, the Bible says in Romans 3:23 that we have ALL sinned and fallen short of God’s standard.

This means that all of us have been on the “Naughty List.” All that we deserve is a big fat lump of charcoal!

However, this holiday really isn’t about Santa Claus, it is about Jesus! It is His birthday that we celebrate. Santa may only be able to give out lumps of coal to people who aren’t very good, but Jesus does something even better!

In John 3:16-17 it says that God sent his Son Jesus to this world to save people. Jesus already knew that all we deserve is a dirty lump of coal, but He wants to give us something MUCH better than that! He wants to make a trade!

Jesus takes our lump of coal for himself and gives us freedom from sin and eternal life in heaven! That is the greatest gift that anyone could ever get.

So Santa may only give our black coal for people who have done bad things, Jesus gives those people the chance to have eternal life. Let us make sure that we remember Jesus and the wonderful gift that He gave us as we celebrate Christmas this year.

Light of the World

Light of the World

Key Verse

John 8:12

Additional Verses

John 12:46; John 9:5; John 3:19

Materials Needed

  • String of Christmas lights

Object Lesson

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

(Show the strand of unlit Christmas lights.)

Do any of you decorate your trees or your houses with Christmas lights? Or maybe you will drive around at night looking at all the lights that people have hung up? Some people do some amazing things! What is the most impressive display you have seen? (Allow for responses.)

How do my lights look? Not too good right now, do they!

(Plug the lights in.)

That’s better isn’t it! No the lights can shine bright and beautiful. Do you know the reason that we have so many lights at Christmastime? We have them so that we can remember Jesus!

In John 8:12 Jesus says that He is the Light of the World! These lights remind us that Jesus is the light of the world! That means that he shines brightly into the darkness and brings light!

This Christmas as we decorate our trees and houses with Christmas lights let us remember that they are not just a pretty decoration but that they also reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world!

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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?

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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


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.

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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

Home for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Joke

An Elderly man living in Denver calls his son a couple of days before Thanksgiving and says, “Son, I have called to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce. After 35 years we have had enough!”

The son was shocked and replied, “Dad why are you doing this?”

The father replied, “I can’t stand your mother anymore, she is always getting on my nerves, and I never want to see her again. Now, call your sister and let her know.” Then he hung up.

The son calls his sister and tells her about the upcoming divorce. The sister replied, “There is no way we can let this happen after all these years, we have to do something.”

The son calls his father back and says, “I talked to my sister and we will be there tomorrow! Don’t do anything until we get there. Don’t sign any papers, don’t get a lawyer, don’t do anything!” Then the son hangs up the phone.

The father looks to his wife and says, “Well, it looks like the kids are going to be coming for Thanksgiving and they will be paying for their own flights!”

Five Senses Gratitude

five senses gratitude

Key Verse

Ephesians 5:20

Additional Verses

1 Thessalonians 5:18; 1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 107:1; Philippians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Psalm 103:2

Materials Needed

Object Lesson

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 5:10 that we are supposed to give thanks to God all the time. Sometimes if is hard for us to think about things to be thankful for.

We all have 5 senses. These are sensation that God has given us to experience the world. So let us think of ways that we can be thankful and show gratitude with each of our senses.


What can we be thankful for that we can see? Maybe the sky. The stars. We can be thankful for the colors in Creation. A sunset. A beautiful flower. (Allow for other responses.)


What can you be thankful for that you are able to feel? A cool breeze. The warmth of the sun. A rain on a summer evening. A salty wave splashing on you at the beach. The soft sand beneath your bare feet. (Allow for other ideas.)


Are there things that you can taste that you are thankful for? A tall glass of lemonade. A bowl of your favorite ice cream. Fresh berries picked from a bush. Warm apple pie.


Smells can trigger all kinds of thoughts, what smells are you thankful for? The smell of freshly baked cookies. The smell of a rose. The smell of a campfire in the fall. The smell of pine needles in the woods.


What sounds are you thankful for? The sound of a river bubbling by. The sound of your favorite music. The sounds of birds chirping in the morning. The sound of crickets lulling you to sleep at night.

If you ever have a hard time coming up with something to be thankful for, just remember your 5 senses and think about the things you have to be thankful for!

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