Christmas is that time of the season when children all over the world are showered with gifts from parents, relatives and friends. There is an abundance of chocolates, sparkling lights, and fun that is topped by delicious and mouth-watering dinners. When the taste buds are satiated, and the lights are dimmed, children gather around their elders to listen to enchanting Christmas stories. Stories go on for long, deep into cold winter nights as children snuggle and sleep with smiles on their faces.
The Story of the Birth of Jesus
Christmas is the perfect occasion to narrate the story of the birth of Lord Jesus and tell children about the miracle that happened more than 2000 years ago.
A young woman named Mary lived in a town called Nazareth, and she was engaged to a man called Joseph. One night, God sent an angel named Gabriel to visit Mary. The angel said to Mary “God is extremely pleased with you and you will soon become pregnant and give birth to a baby boy. Name him Jesus for he shall be God’s own son.” Mary was afraid but believed in God and trusted that all would be well. The angel told Mary to live with her cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zachariah as they would soon be the parents of a child who would prepare the way for Jesus. Mary lived with her cousin for three months and returned to Nazareth.
Meanwhile, Joseph was worried about Mary having a child before they could get married, but an angel appeared in his dream and told him that Mary would give birth to the Son of God. He also told him not to be afraid and take Mary as his lawfully wedded wife. Jesus means Saviour and the baby would indeed be a saviour for his people. Joseph woke up from his dream and the next day Joseph and Mary got married to each other.
Sometime later, Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem which was a long way from Nazareth. Mary’s baby was soon to arrive and hence they travelled at a slow speed. When they reached Bethlehem, they had no place to stay as all the inns and lodgings were occupied by other people. The couple took refuge in a stable with cows, goats and horses, and the same night Jesus was born. Jesus was put in the manger (a place where the animals ate from) after he was born and wrapped in swaddling clothes.
On the outskirts of Bethlehem, shepherds who were tending to their sheep saw an angel appear before them. The angel told them, “Your saviour was born in Bethlehem today. He is lying in a manger.” When the shepherds rushed back, they found Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus in the stable, and were surprised and happy.
At the time of Jesus’s birth, a bright new star appeared in the sky. There were three wise men in a faraway country who knew this was a sign of the arrival of a great king and they rushed to find him. King Herod heard that the wise men were looking for the great new king who he knew would take his place. King Herod planned to kill the baby but no one knew about it yet.
The three wise men followed the bright star till they came to the stable where the happy family lived. They showered them with gifts and worshipped the Son of God. They also knew that the King was evil and hence did not inform him of the location where baby Jesus was. Joseph was warned by an angel in his dream that King Herod would search for Jesus in order to kill him, so it was better if they went to Egypt. This was where they lived till the evil King died. As Herod was unable to find Jesus, he ordered all the young children in Bethlehem to be killed.
After Herod died, Jesus and Mary left Egypt and travelled to Israel. They stayed in Nazareth for the rest of their lives. This is the story of the Birth of Jesus.
Best Christmas Stories for Children
If you are looking for the perfect Christmas story for pre-schoolers, look no further. Here is a compilation of some of the most interesting stories about Christmas that can be narrated to kids:
The Carol Singers
There were four penguins named Micky, Fred, Rob and Eve who were fond of singing Christmas carols before the inhabitants of the ice pack, where they lived. Every time they sang, they received a golden star which they put up on their Christmas tree. One Christmas eve, Micky caught a terrible cold and began sneezing. He told his fellow singers that they would have to sing without him that year as he was unwell. “No, that’s not possible,” said the other three. But they knew the inhabitants of the ice pack looked forward to their performance every year and would be terribly disappointed if they didn’t sing.
The penguins decided to approach Doctor Lolo and ask for a quick solution to heal Micky. The doctor thought for a while and told them that the only way to get Micky better was by using the golden seaweed which could be found only in the Indian Ocean. The penguin knew that the Indian Ocean was far away from them and it was not possible to get the seaweed in such a short time. Fred was tearful, and his tears fell into the water below, which Pincho, an ice fish, felt on his body. He swam up to the penguins and asked them the reason for their sadness.
On hearing their problem, Pincho said, “Wait! If it is the Indian Ocean, I have an idea.” He had friends and family spread across all the great seas of the world and began to send messages to them. The message went from one fish to another, across the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, before finally reaching the butterfly fish in the Indian Ocean. It searched for the golden seaweed high and low. When he finally found it, he passed it across till it reached Pincho. The penguins were overjoyed, and they asked the doctor to prepare the medicine from it. Micky drank up the medicine in one gulp and indeed his original voice came back in a jiffy. The Christmas carol show was a hit, and the penguins told everyone how Pincho had helped them in finding the golden seaweed. It is by helping each other that we can bring true happiness to the world around us.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Once there was a shoemaker who lived with his wife in a small house. He had become so poor that he had no money left with him except for leather to make one pair of shoes. One evening, he cut the leather for a pair of shoes that he would make in the morning, prayed to God for a good day, and went off to sleep. In the morning, he sat at his table to make his last pair of shoes. To his surprise, he saw the shoes finished and ready. He checked the shoes and saw that the shoes were quite brilliantly made, without a single flaw.
The shoemaker received a handsome price for the shoes from a buyer. This money was enough for him to purchase leather to make two pair of shoes. As earlier, he cut the leather into shape the earlier night and decided to work on them the next morning. To his surprise again, two pairs of shoes were ready and so were buyers who were willing to pay for it. With the money, the shoemaker was able to buy leather for four pairs of shoes. This went on for a long time and the shoemaker become rich and wealthy.
Finally one Christmas Eve, he and his wife decided to see who the kind souls were who helped him every night. They hid behind the curtains that night and saw two little, naked men come into their homes at midnight. They sat at the table and sewed up new shoes with their little fingers from the leather kept there. The astonished couple could not believe their eyes.
In the morning, the shoemaker’s wife said, “The little men have helped us become rich so let’s give them something in return.” She stitched two fine pairs of clothes for them along with vests, socks and tiny shoes too. That night when the little men came in, they found the clothes and began dancing with joy. They wore them happily and jumped all over the place. This was the last time the couple saw the tiny men but they kept on prospering till the end of their lives.
Hard work always reaps its rewards. It was because the shoemaker worked so hard that the elves came to help him. In return, he also gave the elves wonderful new clothes made with love.
The Little Christmas tree
In a dense forest, there lived a little fir tree who always dreamt of growing up into a beautiful Christmas tree. He wanted to live amongst humans, and this would help him do so. The older trees told him it wasn’t a good idea to live with humans, but the fir tree was adamant.
Just before Christmas, a family came looking for a fir tree to decorate for the festive season. The children loved the little fir tree. They took him home, placed him in their living room, and decorated him with lights and toys. The family and all their relatives and friends who visited loved the tree. He remained the centre of attraction till the month of January, after which its needles began falling, and no one wanted to look at him. One day, they picked him up and put him in the cellar. The fir tree became very sad.
But after a few days, the humans again planted him in the soil. He regained his needles and branches.
That Christmas, the family again set him up in their living room and decorated him beautifully. The beautiful lights once again lit up his entire body while the toys were loved by all the kids.
He then realized that the old trees were wrong; the humans were good too. They looked after him all his life. The fir tree understood the importance of cherishing one’s blessings and gifts, and being patient in life. There is a lot of kindness and goodness in the world.
Santa Claus does not forget
Philip was a little boy who lived with his father and mother. He was a kind boy, who was always obedient and shared all his toys with his friends. However, he had one fault: he always forgot to carry out errands and other important work he was told to do. Every time he was questioned, he had one answer, “I forgot.” If Philip was sent to the tailor to remind him of an urgent alteration, he would forget to tell the tailor about it. If he was given money to pay the electricity bill, his mother would find the money and the bill in his pocket that night. The reason for not doing a particular job was always the same. You guessed it right – “I forgot.”
His parents were worried that this habit of forgetting to do things would spill over into his adult life too and this could prove to be difficult for him. They decided to do something about it to make Philip remember. Christmas was nearing, and like other children, Philip too got busy preparing notes for Santa, asking for his favourite things. His mother said, “Santa may forget to bring those things for you.” But Philip was sure Santa wouldn’t as he would put them in his stockings so he wouldn’t miss the list.
On Christmas morning, Philip woke up early and rushed to check his stockings, pretty sure that Santa Claus would have delivered all that he wanted. His mother knew what was going to happen and kept away from him. Philip stood in front of his mother holding a long list of all the errands he was asked to run during the past year. At the end of the list, in bold letters was written, “I FORGOT.”
Philip was heartbroken and dragged himself to visit his grandfather with the rest of his family. On his grandfather’s Christmas tree, Philip found all the things he had wished for! Though Philip did not change immediately, his mother always reminded him when things got out of hand – “Santa Claus does not forget!” Philip slowly understood why it was so important to remember one’s duties and responsibilities in life.
Papa Panov’s Christmas story
Papa Panov was an elderly cobbler who lived alone in a tiny village in Russia. His wife was dead, and his sons and daughters were all grown up and lived far away from his home. On Christmas day, he sat alone and sad in his little shop. He decided to read the Bible and read the story of the birth of Jesus.
That night as he slept in his bed, he dreamed about Jesus. The Lord told him that he could come and visit him the next day. However, Jesus would not reveal his identity to him. The next day was Christmas Day. Papa Panov got up early and was excited about meeting the Lord in person.
He noticed an old sweeper cleaning the street diligently, despite the cold weather. Touched by his hard work, Papa Panov called out to him and offered him a hot cup of coffee with a plateful of cookies. Later on, he saw a young mother with her baby in a sad mood, looking dejected with life in general. He called them in and shared his lunch with them. While they waited, he crafted a beautiful pair of tiny shoes for the baby.
The day passed by but there was no sight of the holy visitor he was so eager to meet. Beggars came and went, and Papa Panov fed them without a thought. As night neared, he returned to his home, disappointed that Jesus did not come to meet him. Just as he was about to say that it was only a dream, he heard Jesus’s voice. “I did come to meet you,” said Jesus. In fact, Jesus had visited him in the guise of every person whom Papa Panov helped, right from the sweeper to the young mother to the beggars!
It is every person’s duty to serve those who are in need. Serving mankind is the most important task of our lives, and through this service, we can meet the Lord.
Stories are an entertaining and effective way of teaching children the good things of life and the right way to treat people. The holiday season is a wonderful time to gather children and share festive memories with them through interesting Christmas stories. It is a heart-warming feeling and demonstrates the significance of the season. Merry Christmas!