It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And while we’re not sure what Christmas will look like this year, we hope these COVID-friendly Christmas ideas/resources help make your season merry and bright!
Want a more visual rundown of our best Christmas resources for 2020? Check out our DKM 2020 Christmas Catalog!
Family Advent Resources
Family Advent Bingo – New for 2020! Family Advent Bingo turns your typical family Advent calendar into a fun, month-long game! Your families can count down to Christmas with simple, daily activities designed to help them learn about the Christmas story while playing to see who can get a BINGO first! Download Family Advent Bingo here!
Family Advent Calendar – Themed around Advent’s traditional themes – hope, love, joy & peace – families will participate in simple daily activities that remind them of the reason for the season! Activities are designed to take busy families only 3-10 minutes – and include a weekly Bible reading, listening to a Christmas worship song, fun, hands-on activities & family time. Download the Family Advent Calendar here.
Advent To Go Box Devotionals – These Advent To Go boxes are a fun and simple way to partner with families to help them grow spiritually together this Christmas season. It’s simple: each box comes with 10 devotional cards and 10 objects. The objects go with the devotionals as a hands-on, tangible way for the kids to learn through the Scriptures and discussions as a family. Find out more about these Advent To Go Box Devotionals here.
Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar – We could all use a little extra kindness this year, don’t you think? This editable Advent calendar includes 25 acts of kindness that are easy, free, and perfect for young kids! All of the activities on this calendar cost very little money and can be completed by kids as young as preschool age in a short amount of time. Download the Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar here.
Daily Advent Cards – It’s hard to go wrong with classic daily cards, crafts, and coloring pages! These Daily Advent Cards will help your families piece together the BIG picture of Christmas. Using 25 daily cards, they will travel through the events that lead up to Jesus’ birth, from Abraham gazing at the stars to John the Baptist. Download the Daily Advent Cards here.
A Christmas To Remember Advent Boxes – The instructions for these Advent Boxes with daily family activities is included in the brand new resource: A Christmas to Remember Bundle! This Advent resource includes printable, daily Advent cards as well as additional printables you’ll need for the box (recipe, Christmas trivia, ornament craft, and Christmas cards). Download it here!
At-Home Family Ideas
Christmas Karaoke – Help your kids praise God during December through singing! Christmas Karaoke is a 4-week devotional resource that provides devotions and activities for kids and families. This resource for families focuses on 4 Christmas hymns: Angels We Have Heard on High, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Joy to the World, and Silent Night. It also includes a family Karaoke Time! Download this 4-week Family Faith Kit here.
Tinsel Talk Family Conversation Cards – Free Download! Provide a copy of these 16 Tinsel Talk question cards for every family in your ministry to stir up intentional Christmas discussions. Download this free resource here.
Follow the Star – Wise Men on the Move – Invite families to create their own 12-day Christmas journey with this DIY nativity set that follows the wise men on their search for the newborn king! Share with families on or before Christmas Eve so they can color and assemble all of the characters by Christmas morning. Beginning on Dec. 25th, families will follow the daily prompts and move the Wise Men to a new location in their home each day until they reach the home of Jesus on the 12th day of Christmas! Download this family resource here.
Confusing Christmas – Follow Zach and Meesha as they discover the true story of Christmas. This 30-page activity book is designed for ages K-5th and it features an original Christmas story, fun activities, and puzzles all intended to keep kids engaged and focused on Jesus throughout the Christmas season. Email it out as a surprise Christmas gift for families to work through at home, or print and distribute to families as part of a Christmas kit or take-home bag. Download this printable Christmas activity book here.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Christmas Lights – Free download! Put a Christmas twist on a classic children’s song and sing these lyrics to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” This is the perfect, last-minute addition to your Christmas festivities, or use the printable to send it home with families on Christmas Eve to sing together under the lights of the Christmas tree and talk about the birth of the light of the world. Download this free printable here!
Sense of Christmas Family Devotion – This set of 5 family devotions helps families engages all 5 of their senses and celebrate Christmas together. Families will read scriptures and discuss them together. Then they can choose family activities or ministries activities to do together using one of their five senses as they celebrate the birth of our Savior. Download this Family Devotion here.
COVID-Friendly Christmas Curriculum
Don’t Be a Grinch – This brand new, made for 2020 kids Christmas curriculum is the perfect series for December! It includes BOTH socially-distanced-savvy/in-person lessons AND zoom-friendly/online versions of the lesson.
The Don’t Be a Grinch series is aimed at children ages 5-11 years to help them realize they don’t have to be a grinch but can enjoy being real with, giving to, loving, and marveling at Christ this Christmas!
This teaching series includes lots of different elements to help make your lesson Biblical, fun, interactive, relational, and relevant to your kids.
See a preview of lesson 1 here!
Week 1: Be Real; Don’t Pretend (Luke 1:26-56) – See a preview of lesson 1 here!
Week 2: Give; Don’t Take (Matthew 2:1-12)
Week 3: Love; Don’t Hate (Matthew 2:13-18)
Week 4: Marvel; Don’t Moan (Luke 2:1-19)
Learn more and download this COVID-friendly Christmas series here.
Church-Use Christmas Resources
A Christmas To Remember Family Night Out Event – Give families a Christmas to remember with this fun, safe, socially-distanced Family Night Out Christmas Event! This event was created for 2020 and will help families make some fun memories while learning about how Jesus makes Christmas a Christmas to remember. Download this resource here.
Drive-Through Nativity – For the first time, our church is hosting a live drive-through Nativity this December. We’ll have live actors, live animals, and pre-recorded audio broadcasting through our FM Transmitter. Families in the community will be able to drive through during 2-hour time slots each weekend to hear and see the Christmas story while staying socially-distanced in their own vehicles.
Christmas Eve Bags – Many families already have busy Christmas Eves with gatherings, traditions, and last-minute “to-dos” for parents. So this simple but significant Christmas Eve Bag download can help families have a “Christmas Eve to Remember”! This download gives you everything you need to create bags for families to use on Christmas Eve. Download this resource here.
Christmas Activity Printables – Free download! Here are a few free Christmas Activity Printables to add to your holiday cheer! This freebie includes a Christmas Word Search for older kids and an I Spy activity page for littles. Download the printables here. And if you want a whole mega-pack of Christmas printables, find them here!
Candy Cane Poem Printable – Free download! Looking for a last-minute gift for the children in your ministry or want to include a stocking stuffer that reminds kids about the real reason for the season? Use our Candy Cane Poem Printable! I can’t claim rights to this poem because it’s all over the internet, but I formatted the poem in a cute and modern printable that’s easy and fun. Just print, cut, and slap on a candy cane for an instant Christmas gift! Download this free resource here.
Pre-recorded Christmas Play – Every year, our church puts on a beautiful Christmas program with the kids, complete with a kids choir, acting, props, stage design, and more. This year, our children’s pastor is emailing the script home to families, and asking them to record their short lines at home. Then, she’ll piece together all of the clips to make one Children’s Christmas Program video that everyone can enjoy safely!
Bible Studies for Kids: Christmas Bundle – These fun activity pages will help children learn Matthew 1, Matthew 2, and Luke 2:1-21. They can also be used as time-filler activities, Sunday School lessons, or for a family worship service based on these most well-known Christmas passages in Scripture. Download the full bundle (on sale!) here.
Christmas Mad Libs (Bible Edition) – These six Bible-themed Christmas Mad Libs will add silliness, fun, and laughter to any Christmas lesson or party. They can be used as time extenders, part of your pre-service activities, during small group time, or even on-line. Download all 6 Christmas Mad Lib Games here!
“We Miss You” Christmas Card Designs – Use these card designs to connect with your kids, families, and volunteers this Christmas season! The punny Christmas messages included help communicate how much you miss them, so they’re perfect for a season of ministry like COVID-19 or for a child/volunteer you haven’t seen at church in a while. Download the designs here.
For Your Volunteers
Christmas Volunteer Appreciation Printables Bundle #1– Looking for creative ways to appreciate your volunteers this holiday season? This bundle includes ideas for the NEXT 5 HOLIDAY SEASONS! Spread some Christmas cheer to your volunteers using one (or all) of these Christmas printables, and pair them with simple gifts ranging from $1-$6 per volunteer. Download this FREE resource here.
Printable RedBox Tags and Popcorn Wrappers – Give your volunteers the gift of a movie night at home! These Redbox Tags and matching popcorn wrappers help you create a gift for your volunteers that gives them the chance to a cozy night in with their families. Download these for free here!
2 More Christmas Volunteer Appreciation Ideas – Spread some Christmas cheer to your volunteers with these simple, easy, and affordable gifts! Use this free printable and attach to either cans of soda or some warm, cozy socks for a simple and thoughtful volunteer appreciation gift. Download this free printable here.
Have A Cup of Cheer Printable – Free download! Thank your volunteers for serving in your ministry and invite them to “have a cup of cheer” this Christmas season with this free printable! Attach to mugs, hot chocolate, instant coffee, and/or bags of tea! Download this free printable here.
For Your Christmas Eve Service(s)
Praise Packs/Worship Activity Bags: Christmas Eve Edition – Praise Packs are more than just coloring sheets to keep kids distracted long enough for the service to be over. They are tools to help invite kids to participate in the whole service, not just the children’s moment designed for them. Click here to see what I like to include in my Praise Packs for our Christmas Eve family service.
Christmas Sermon Notes for Kids – Christmas Sermon Notes for Kids is simple enough for younger kids and visitors who may not be familiar with the Christmas story. At the same time, older students can be motivated to follow along in the Christmas Eve sermon by a points incentive. Download this FREE Christmas resource here.
Noisy Christmas: An Interactive Script – Free download! Perfect for a family Christmas Eve service or any other time you need an interactive storytelling version of the Christmas story. Use this script to share the Christmas story in an interactive way that gets the whole family involved and keeps even the youngest engaged. Download this freebie here.
Chalk Draw Nativity – Kids guess what nativity item/person the hand is drawing before time runs out in the Nativity version of this video-led game! We actually have 3 Christmas versions of Chalk Draw: Christmas 1, Christmas 2, and Nativity!
What’s Missing: Christmas – You have 7 seconds to memorize a list of Christmas objects before one object disappears. Can you recall which item is missing before the time runs out? Download this brand new game here!
Christmas Crowd Charades Bundle – This Christmas Crowd Charades Bundle includes 2 PPT games that reverse the classic game of charades and get the entire room involved. Choose two contestants (or more) to come up front and have them compete to see who can guess the answer as the ENTIRE crowd acts it out. Encourage the crowd to work together and watch as Christmas merriment ensues! Download the bundle here.
Don’t Forget the Christmas Lyrics – Test your kids’ knowledge of Christmas Carol lyrics with this 14-question PPT slide game. Use it as a large-group game, in small groups, or as part of your Christmas series. Download the game here.