Skip to main content

Go to our Special Advent At-Home Resource Page and Presentation

At-home Advent Lessons
adapted from our Writing Team's
"Jesus is Born" lesson set

Below in this topic are several "at-home" lessons we have adapted from the Writing Team's original "Jesus is Born" lesson set especially for the needs of Advent 2020. The adaptations make them slightly shorter and easier for families to do together at home. They also work well for in-church use in 2020 where, due to the pandemic and social distancing, classes may be jumbled, smaller, more broadly graded, or led by new volunteers.

Each lesson can be read and copied so you can modify it. We've also turned each posted lesson into a shareable PDF you can send to your members.

Each lesson focuses on two key episodes in the Christmas story: the angel's announcement to Joseph (in Matthew) and then Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem for the birth (in Luke). Life application includes a focus on "our journey" to the birth of Jesus and how our lives are changed by his coming.

Each lesson presents the story with different media and a slightly different emphasis. They are different enough to not feel repetitive. We recommend using more than one lesson to improve memory and recall of these important scriptures and their life applications.

Lessons in this set:

Make a special ornament that tells the story.
» See the lesson below OR print or share this PDF.

Bake special "Journey Cakes" to help you think about the Advent journey and Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem. » See the lesson below OR print or share this PDF.

WormySoftwareLogo1Christmas Story Software
Using Fluffy and God’s Amazing Christmas Adventure software, families reflect on both Matthew’s story of the angel who appeared to Joseph and the birth of Jesus according to Luke. Fluffy & God’s Amazing Christmas Adventure software is FREE to our Supporting Members.
» See the lesson below OR print/share this PDF.

"Advent Idol" Christmas Songs Workshop
Work together using the Lyrics Worksheet to ponder and complete lyrics to three short songs set to familiar Christmas tunes. Then, make a favorite family-memory by performing and recording your songs on your hit TV show “Advent Idol" !
» See the lesson below OR print/share this PDF.

Note that while most of our At-Home lesson plans are open only to our amazing Supporting Members who help make our website and its resources possible, this lesson set is open to everyone as our gift to you. Merry Christmas! 

Some Background on the two stories in this set...

The first episode about Joseph, Matthew 1:18-25, has been called "the gospel in miniature," and it's easy to see why in the message it delivers:  "Do not be afraid, Mary. God is with you. Jesus will save."

The second episode we explore in each lesson, Luke 2:1-7, shares Joseph’s faithful response to God's plan and the couple's journey to Bethlehem.

While neither story is as spectacular as those of the shepherds and Magi, they are no less important. Indeed, what the angel says to Joseph may be the most important words in the entire Advent story, because they tell us "why."

Joseph and Mary's response (their journey) literally and figuratively gives birth to our own response.

For adults who want to dig a little deeper into the study of this story, we recommend our Bible Background.

Scroll down for the adapted lesson plans.

Check out the full original lesson set here.

And don’t miss Celebrating and Teaching about Advent & Christmas at Home during the 2020 COVID Pandemic for more ideas, traditions, and resources.


Images (2)
  • WormySoftwareLogo1
  • mceclip0
Last edited by Luanne Payne
Original Post

Replies sorted oldest to newest

Download and share the PDF of this lesson

You will create DURABLE ornaments for your Christmas tree, ones that will last years and not fall apart, and that will be reminders of your family Advent devotion time together. Please do not skip this lesson just because it looks like a lot of supplies; all of the supplies that aren’t already in your crafting closet are easily found at your favorite craft store or online. (Plus these ornaments make great a gift for friends and family that allows you to tell them the Story!) Writing Team Lesson for At-home Use

Jesus is Born!

Ornaments That Tell the Story


Summary of the activity:

Ornament-Complete1Everyone will create a durable string of three individual ornaments representing the key parts of the Jesus Is Born! story. Each ornament is quickly created after hearing and discussing a part of the story, and then all are strung together as a final step. In addition to reinforcing the story, the goal is to make Bible ornaments that can be displayed on the family Christmas tree (or given as gifts) that will evoke and reinforce the story’s meaning and memory for many years to come.

This project can be done as one lesson or divided into four mini-lesson devotion times.

 Scriptures for the lesson:

Matthew 1:18-25: the story of the angel’s announcement to Joseph.
Luke 2:1-7: the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to, and Jesus’ birth in, Bethlehem.

For additional reading, see the Bible Background.

What you need:

  • Ornament-closeupPrint or have available online the Journey Ornament Supply List and Instructions
  • Old-fashioned clothespins (7 for each ornament; the flat “craft” style are easiest to work with)
  • “Wired twine” (brown twine wrapped around a wire; you’ll use it to connect and hang the three ornaments)
  • Bead wire (you will use a lot of this to firmly fasten the clothespins together)
  • Wooden beads (to go on twine wire to separate the ornaments)
  • White and brown felt (thick felt is best for the angel wings; thin felt is best for swaddling clothes and Joseph’s blanket so that it wraps easily)
  • Googly eyes (4 per person; 0.19”/5mm fits best)
  • Tacky glue (for the eyes and felt; sets up fast)
  • Wooden stars (found precut, by the bag)
  • Gray and yellow crayons to color the donkey and star (markers work too, but crayons are more vibrant)
  • Pliers for twisting wire tightly
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors to cut felt
  • Craft stapler (to staple the twine wire on the back of your clothespin ornaments)


 NOTE that the format of this lesson is that you will have four “mini-lessons” -one for each ornament and a fourth where the three ornaments will be connected together. In each mini-lesson, the leader will show a completed ornament picture, share the scripture lesson, and ask questions related to the ornament being made. You may choose to spread this entire lesson over several sessions, and make a different ornament each time and then have a fourth session where you wrap up the lesson and connect the three ornaments into one.

Start your lesson!

1) First ornament: The Angel Appears to Joseph in a Dream

Ornament-Angel2Read the scripture: Matthew 1:18-25.


  • Have you ever woken from a dream that felt real to you?
  • How do you suppose Joseph knew that the angel’s message was real and wasn’t just a strange dream he had? (One of the reasons we pray, read scripture, and go to worship is so that we know God’s voice. Joseph probably knew the angel’s message was real and trustworthy because he practiced his faith and was ready.)

Begin making the Angel and Joseph ornament (see instructions on the handout).

Comments to offer as the ornament is being made:

  • The word “angel” means “messenger.” What are some of the other ways God sends messages to us? (Via people, scripture, experiences, and a sense of God’s presence within us.)
  • Can you block God’s message from getting through to you? How?


2) Second ornament: The Journey to Bethlehem

Read the Scripture: Luke 2:1-5Ornament-Donkey2

Ask: What’s the longest distance you have ever walked? Did you get tired? Grumpy?

Say: Joseph and Mary’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem was about 60 miles. Joseph probably walked, and maybe Mary rode a donkey, though the Bible doesn’t say.
How do you suppose Joseph and Mary felt when they were about three days into their journey? What were they thinking about? Looking forward to? Dreading? Worried about?

Begin making the Donkey ornament (see instructions).

Comments to offer as the ornament is being made:

  • In addition to needing to get to Bethlehem to be counted in the Roman census, Bethlehem was also the place where Israel's most famous King was born. Who was that? (David)
  • We know that Jesus rode a donkey when he was grown up. Do you remember that story? What does the symbol of the donkey mean to us? (Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday. It’s a symbol of humility.)
  • Right here in the middle of the Christmas story, we imagine that humble symbol once again. It’s kind of strange that we celebrate his humble birth with extravagant lights, music, and parties, don’t you think?


3) Third Ornament: The Birth of Jesus

Baby%20Jesus%20OrnamentRead the Scripture: Luke 2:6-7.

Ask: I wonder what it feels like to give birth to a baby?
Say: Yes, it is painful, and they didn’t give pain injections back then! In several places the Bible describes God’s new world (salvation, the gift of new life) like a woman giving birth to a child. There’s pain. There’s wonder and amazement. And what starts out small will grow.
Knowing what you know about being pregnant and giving birth to a baby, do you think faith is something that’s easy? Painless? Full-sized when it’s born? Or needing to grow?

Begin making the Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus ornament (see instructions).

Comments to offer as the ornament is being made:
It’s kind of funny that one of the few details that Luke tells us about Jesus’ birth is to remind us that Jesus needed a swaddling cloth! Swaddling cloth made the baby feel snug and secure, and it also acted like a diaper. What does that tell you about the character of God, that God was willing to be remembered as a baby that needed to be swaddled and diapered?

4) Assembling the Ornaments and Adding the “Decree” Beads (Final reflection and closing.)

Read the Scripture: Luke 2:1-3.

Ask: Luke obviously wants us to know that Jesus’ birth REALLY happened, and WHERE it happened. Why is that so important to him?
Say: Some people think the stories in the Bible are made up. People in Luke’s day believed in myths about gods. Luke wanted them to know that Jesus is real and true.

Ask: How do YOU know that the birth of Jesus is a real story, the actual coming of God into the world as a baby? (Add your own answer as you show them how to put on the beads described below.)

Begin describing what the beads mean, and show how to put the beads on the twine wire.

Say: Luke tells us that the Romans wanted to count all the people in Israel, probably so they could tax them and know how much money they could get out of Israel. To keep track of the count, Romans used a counting rack similar to an abacus. It held beads or small stones. They also probably wrote the name of each person they were counting in a book. Today as you add the “counting beads” in-between your ornaments, I want you to remember that God has you counted, and God has written YOUR name in his Book of Life. This is why he sent Jesus to us.... to tell us that God counts us as his own children.

Ornament-stapleAssemble the Ornaments onto the Wired Twine. (Attaching the ornaments to the twine wire with a light-duty craft-style stapler is the fastest way to finish the project assembly. Do not use “long” staples, or super-duty staples, as they may split the clothespins. Test your stapler on a clothespin first!)

Questions and comments to offer as the ornament is being strung:

  • Does God remove you from his “count” when you make mistakes and sin? (no)
  • How do YOU “travel to Bethlehem to be counted” every year? (Taking part in Advent and making the journey to Christmas is one way we say, “We are part of the baby’s family too!”)
  • After Advent and Christmas, there’s still plenty more to do, just like the baby needs to grow. What things do we need to do in order to grow our “baby faith” after Christmas?

5) Make plans to hang or give the ornaments you made

If you made extra ornaments, think about whom you might give them to and how you will tell them the story of Jesus Is Born!

Pray that all who see the ornaments and hear the story will know why we celebrate Jesus’ birth and know that they are part of God’s family.


Adapted from this lesson by the Writing Team
Copyright 2016 Inc.
This is a Supporting Member resource.



Last edited by Amy Crane

Download and share the PDF of this lesson

Made for portability, Journey Cakes are take-out food, made to last on a journey or to sustain a worker during the day. Your family will explore two passages from the Christmas story and consider the Advent journey to Christmas as you make this tasty fried snack. Writing Team Lesson for At-home Use

Jesus is Born!

Journey Cakes


journeybreadSummary of the activity:

You will make and eat traditional Journey Cakes. Though not a traditional Advent bread, Journey Cakes are a fun and tasty way to learn about our Advent journey. 

Scriptures for the lesson:

Matthew 1:18-25: the story of the angel’s announcement to Joseph.
Luke 2:1-7: the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to, and Jesus’ birth in, Bethlehem.

For additional reading, see the Bible Background.

What you need:

  • Bible or a device to read Scripture passages online
  • INGREDIENTS (Makes about 10 flat Journey Cakes approximately 3/4" high and 3 to 5 inches round.)
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 3 tablespoons butter (use real butter for both authentic flavor and rich color)
    • ½ – ¾ cup cold whole milk
    • Oil for deep frying
  • A temperature controlled fryer or skillet
  • Mixing bowls, spoons, measuring cups, and a metal slotted spoon
  • Paper towels



Journey Cakes are a traditional, fried, semi-sweet, dense quickbread. Somewhat similar to cornbread or cake donuts, Journey Cakes are more of a “staple” food: simpler, denser, and less sweet. The history of Journey Cake goes way back. Recipes are found along the eastern seaboard of the US, the southern US, and they are still a common food in the Caribbean. The cakes in West Indian culture are known as, “Johnny Cakes” (“Johnny” being how the word journey is pronounced in the islands). Similar breads are found in many cultures, including Native American (typically made with corn) and in Biblical times (a fried and sweetened unleavened wheat bread, and perhaps even manna).

Start your lesson!

1) Introduce the Bible story

Begin by reading Matthew 1:18-25, the story of Joseph and the Angel.

After learning that his soon-to-be wife Mary was pregnant with a child not his own, what kind of “journey” was Joseph expecting? Easy? Hard? Guilty? Embarrassed? Staying hidden? Public? (The scripture says he was going to send her away quietly.)

After hearing the angel’s announcement, what kind of journey do you think Joseph expected? Mary? —giving birth and raising the Savior of the world?

Is it easy obeying God? Do God's promises and actions make our lives easier or more complicated? Would you rather do something other than a Bible lesson right now?

Say: Our journey toward God, like Joseph and Mary’s, isn’t always easy. There are surprises, and sacrifices to be made. But do you remember what the angel said first to Joseph?? (“Do not be afraid…” verse 20)
And do you remember who the angel said would be with us? (“God is with us!” verse 23)

2) Mix and Knead

Pre-heat oil for deep frying – about 350 degrees F.

Put the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.
Smoosh the butter into flour with your fingers or a fork, until it resembles a fine crumble.
Add enough milk a little at a time to form a dough.

When the dough comes together, knead for 2 to 3 minutes. Kneading is important to activate the gluten (binding) in the mixture. (You can divide the dough and give each person a portion to knead.)

As you knead the dough, explain what the “Journey Cake” is all about (see notes above).

3) Make Patties and Begin Frying

johnny2Divide the dough into 8 to 10 equal pieces (about the size of a golf ball), roll into balls and then flatten them between your palms into 3/4-inch thickness. (Fatter cakes will take more cooking time.)

Gently lower the flattened patties into the hot oil.
Flip the cakes when the underside is golden brown (about two minutes per side) using the metal slotted spoon. Usually, the dough will sink a little when added to the oil and then float within 10 to 15 seconds.

Drain and let cool on paper towel.

Important:  A half inch to 1 inch of frying oil in a 12 inch frying pan (temperature controlled) will be enough for about 10 cakes. Maintain oil level as needed in-between frying of cakes. Do not add cakes to oil that it not hot enough, as this will cause the cakes to absorb the oil, instead of frying in it. 

Take precautions against splattering.

As you make the dough into patties for frying, read Luke 2:1-7, the story of a couple making their own journey into the unknown (and probably carrying some sort of journey bread with them).

While patties are frying, ask:
How do you think Joseph and Mary reacted when they heard the decree that they had to travel all the way to Bethlehem while she was pregnant?
Have you ever come to the end of a long journey only to discover that you didn't have a place to sleep or had to wait your turn to use the bathroom? How do you think Mary and Joseph felt about hearing there was “no room in the guestroom/inn”?
What does it feel like when your Christmas journey is over? ...and all the gifts are unwrapped? (The journey can feel a bit like a let down.)

When Jesus was born, do you think Mary and Joseph felt like YOU do on Christmas morning after the gifts are all unwrapped?
Like you, they were probably tired and overwhelmed, but looking forward to something. What was it?

On December 26th, will you feel like Christmas is “over” or “just begun”??
How can you keep the journey going? What can we look forward to in the weeks and months ahead?

Make this point: In a sense, WE are the baby at Christmas, and Jesus is our parent. We are the ones who need to leave the manger, grow up, learn to walk, talk, and love. It is OUR journey that’s ahead, and Jesus goes with us.

What do you need to do in the weeks ahead to “go grow in faith”?

4) Snack after you pray to prepare for the Journey

Before you eat the tasty treat you have prepared, pray a “journey blessing” that as you go out to celebrate and get ready for Christmas, your journey won’t end at the manger, but will be just getting started!


Adapted from this lesson by the Writing Team
Copyright 2016 Inc.
This is a Supporting Member resource.


Images (2)
  • johnny2
  • journeybread
Files (1)
Last edited by Amy Crane

Download and share the PDF of this lesson.

Jesus is Born!

a fun interactive software lesson

for at-home or in-church use

Download the free software for PC ~ Fluffy and God's Amazing Christmas Adventure

Normally, this software is only available to our Supporting Members, however THIS ADVENT we are making it available to all our members and giving you permission to share this downloadable file with the members of your congregation. It may not otherwise be publicly distributed.

Summary of the Lesson:

fluffymenulargeYou will use several sections of Fluffy and God’s Amazing Christmas Adventure software to learn and reflect on both Matthew’s story of the angel who appeared to Joseph and the birth of Jesus according to Luke. Through this lesson, you will come to know the story of Jesus’ birth so that you can share the story and not merely celebrate it.

Scriptures for the lesson:

Matthew 1:18-25: the story of the angel’s announcement to Joseph.
Luke 2:1-7: the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to, and Jesus’ birth in, Bethlehem.

For additional reading, see the Bible Background.

What you need:

NOTE: This lesson cherry-picks several interactive activities and animations from menu items 2 and 4 in the Fluffy software. Be sure to explore the program’s other Advent story activities and presentations some other time.

Start your lesson!

1) Introducing angels

Ask: What is an angel? (Allow all answers.)
Say: Our computer game will answer this question. I’ll ask this question again at the end of the lesson.

Ask: What stories in the Bible do you remember that have angels in them? (Hopefully, one answer they say is “the Christmas story.”)
If necessary, jog their memories a little bit about angels. You might mention the angel at the end of the Garden of Eden story, or the angels that visited Sarah.

2) Begin in “Yo! Joe & Mary”

fluffyAngelStart up the software, and after the intro click on section 2 in the main menu, “Yo! Joe & Mary.” Here God asks the important question, “What's an angel?” (Angel means “messenger.”)

Then enjoy God’s presentation about the angel appearing to both Mary and Joseph.

Other “Yo!” pop up menu options at this time can be skipped for the purposes of this lesson. You will return to “Yo! Joe and Mary” at the end of this lesson to complete the Angel Fluffimation activity.

3) Skip to “Jump for Joy” Bethlehem

On the software’s main menu, click area 4, “Jump for Joy,” to enter Bethlehem to begin learning about the story of Jesus’ birth according to Luke 2. (Enter “Bethlehem House” and “Luke 2 Theater” by clicking on the signpost.)

In Bethlehem House:
The main point of Bethlehem House’s tour is to teach children that the word “inn” probably means “guest room.” This understanding of the surroundings of Jesus’ birth tells us that he was probably born among extended family and not “out in the cold” as some traditional depictions have led us to believe. Indeed, in many small homes of that era and region, the stable was a room attached to the house.

This would be a good place to discuss with older students how our thinking about the birth of Jesus has been shaped by traditions, songs, and Christmas artwork (like creches, cards, ornaments). For example, in the song “Noel, Noel,” we sing “on a cold winter’s night that was so deep” --which conjures up images of snow at Jesus’ birth. Yet it rarely if ever snows in Bethlehem in the winter, and most of the year it is quite warm (like northern Florida-warm). This is also a good opportunity to teach that the Bible doesn’t mention the month of Jesus’ birth. Scholars suggest it was fixed on Dec 25 many years later for reasons you can read about here and elsewhere.

Other common misconceptions:

  • What animals are mentioned in the birth story? None
  • Were there angels at the birth? No. Luke says the angels appeared out in the field to the shepherds.
  • Did the Magi visit Jesus at the manger? No. Matthew 2:1 says it was after he was born, and Matthew 2:11 says they found Jesus in a house.
  • Was there a bright star overhead at the manger? Probably not. According to Matthew 2, the Magi arrived sometime after the birth. The Bible doesn’t say the star was bright, only that it rose and appeared.
  • These are important points for your children to hear from you now because they will undoubtedly hear about these misconceptions from other sources as they grow older.

In Luke 2 Theater:
This fun presentation recounts the census and birth (Luke 2:1-7) plus the arrival of the shepherds –all of which left Mary “pondering.”
(Skip the Super Jesus Fluffimation activity.)

4) Reflect: Using the Angel Fluffimation

Say: The story of Jesus’ birth is meant to be shared and not just celebrated by giving gifts and singing songs. Jesus’ birth is a statement to the world that God is with us, that God has not abandoned us. That God saves us. That is why we are learning this story in-depth. In this activity, you will prepare yourselves to KNOW the story so you can SHARE the story.

What is an angel? (A messenger.)
When you SHARE the story, you become an angel of the Lord, a “messenger.”

Return to section 2 on the main menu, “Yo! Joe and Mary.” Watch the presentation again about the angel’s announcement (it can’t be bypassed). Then click to open the “Angel Fluffimation” activity.

angelfluffimation3The Angel Fluffimation is like an interactive “mad-lib” activity. Users respond onscreen to a number of questions by typing answers, and then the program takes their responses and puts them into a narrated script they will hear and see. The script is a retelling of the Matthew 1 and Luke 2 scriptures using the student’s words.

It is recommended that you complete and share the Fluffimation multiple times. After hearing and discussing it the first time, do the Fluffimation again to refine your thoughts and give others a chance to do the inputting.
Suggestion: after you hear each Fluffimation, point out interesting insights that the words chosen created (a great teachable moment).

Adapted from this Writing Team lesson
Copyright Inc.


Last edited by Luanne Payne

Download and share the PDF of this lesson.

Music is a big part of Advent celebrations because it reaches into our hearts and minds. It helps us create and recall memories, including remembering the Story. Music expresses our longing and joy and the mystery of God with Us. And it is something generations share with each other, which is an essential part of the story - our part!  We couldn't imagine a “Jesus is Born!” lesson set without music. We hope you have fun with this music-creating workshop. Writing Team Lesson for At-home Use

Jesus is Born!

Advent Idol Songs Workshop

Summary of the activity:

advent-idol-3Dlogo“Joy” is an essential part of the Advent story. God sent angels, a star, and a chorus to celebrate! You will work together using the Lyrics Worksheet to ponder and complete lyrics to three short songs set to familiar Christmas tunes. Then, perform and videotape your songs on the hit TV show “Advent Idol” and share your video show – maybe you’ll go viral? 

Scriptures for the lesson:

Matthew 1:18-25: the story of the angel’s announcement to Joseph.
Luke 2:1-7: the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to, and Jesus’ birth in, Bethlehem.

For additional reading, see the Bible Background.

What you need:

  • Bible (or you can read the Scripture passages online)
  • Copies of the Lyrics Worksheets
  • Pencils
  • Camera or phone to record the singers (a tripod or stand will help you get better quality video).
  • Piano or guitar (optional)
  • Your “idols” will get more into it and everyone will have more fun if you can “set the stage.” Have fun with this! Suggestions:
    • A stage area and backdrop (hang a blue tarp).
    • Special lighting (turn off your overhead lights and aim a few clamp lamps towards the stage).
    • Stage decoration (a few strings of Christmas lights will do).
    • Live microphone on a stand.
    • A box of fun costumes and props (cloth, tunics, hats, sunglasses, jackets, wigs, scarves).
    • Print out the big “Advent Idol” logo, or make your own.
    • An “MC” and celebrity judging panel (a la American Idol).

Why the staging? People find it easier to get up and sing in front of others if they have someone doing it with them, music accompanying them, lyrics in front of them, a special stage area, and lighting that brings out their playfulness.

Start your lesson!

1) Work together to prepare lyrics and rehearse.

Using the Lyric Worksheet attached to this lesson, read the scripture passage and then work together to change the lyrics of a familiar Christmas song to express ideas found in the passage and reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ birth. The three Christmas songs were chosen for their familiarity, but you could change them if you like. (It will be very helpful to have a piano or guitar playing the music while the Advent Idols sing.)

Rehearsal Tips: Not everybody has to sing. Some can be back-up dancers. Someone could be the “lead” singer. Rehearse movements, too; that makes the presentation more fun.

These are the three songs found on the Lyrics Worksheet that you will be writing and performing after reading the scripture:

“Hark, I'm Harold, Hear Me Sing!”
Matthew 1:18-25, the angel speaks to Joseph
Tune:  Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

“Go Travel Cross the Mountains”
Luke 2:1-5, the story of the decree and trip to Bethlehem
Tune: Go Tell It on the Mountain

“O Hey from the Manger”
Luke 2: 6-7, Jesus is born in the stable
Tune: Away in the Manger

2) Record your performances.

The more playful and “showy” effort you put in, the more everyone will relax and buy into performing. Fun lighting, an over the top MC, and a live mike will help.
Each song will only take about two minutes to perform.
If (when) someone messes up and needs to restart, go ahead. Or, create a bloopers reel!

3) Reflection: Jesus’ birth is Good News to share!

View your video and talk about how “Sharing the message” and “Going and telling” are what God wants us to do with the Birth Story. Talk about ways you can share your video with others, and do it!

Consider coming back here and posting your video below to entertain and encourage others!

Adapted from this lesson by the Writing Team
Copyright 2016 Inc.
This is a Supporting Member resource.


Last edited by Luanne Payne

Here's your free access to Fluffy and God's Amazing Christmas Adventure software!

Download the Zip File (contains the installation program and helps)

Outline and Guide to Fluffy (also included in the download)

Graphic summary of what's in each learning section (for teachers)
Magi section's questions handout
Shepherd's Quiz handout for student and teacher

"Fluffy" was donated to by Sunday Software. Enjoy!

Fluffy is a poor little sheep whom God decides to tell the Christmas story to -- the whole thing. God does so through a series of interactive story-retellings, activities, and extra content for deeper study. "Fluffy" was designed to be the kind of software a Sunday School could teach with every Advent to cover one or more parts of the Advent story. It can also be used by students and their families for a fun at-home lesson.

Fluffy's Main Menu (seen below) is the gateway to six learning areas, each with between 20 to 25 minutes worth of content which should extend longer with a teacher or parent riding along and pausing to ask the many questions embedded throughout the program.

  1. Promises, Promises covers Isaiah 9 and the OT promise of a Messiah
  2. Yo Mary and Joe covers the announcement of the angel and meaning of Jesus' name
  3. Road to Bethlehem is a short section about Bethlehem
  4. Birth of Jesus tells the Birth story
  5. Shepherd's Night tells the Shepherds story and includes a visit to the manger
  6. Magi cover the visit of the Magi and those who seek and spread God's message

God has a lot to share! ..and many of Fluffy's activities help students not only learn the biblical story, but reflect on its meaning for us today.

Fluffy Logo

Age Range:  By themselves: Grades 3 to 8.  Ages 4-7 with help and being selective about which content to view and use.

System: Windows XP, 7, 8, and 10 -only.

Permissions: Sunday Software is making this program available to the Supporting Members of free of charge. The program may be installed on as many computers at your church as needed or shared with your church's members for their home use. The file may not be publicly posted or otherwise distributed beyond your congregation's use.

Extended Description:

At times, Fluffy is fun tongue-in-cheek, and at other times it is still fun but more serious and reflective. Pop-up content and navigation options allow students to bypass some content or drill-down for deeper study (some of which has been put there for older kids). Key Christmas story historical background and biblical vocabulary is explored. All of the five main learning areas are big on life application. Fluffy feels like and looks like an interactive lesson, which means it works well when, led by a teacher, it is projected to groups.

View a short video clip that quickly cuts through a number of Fluffy's interactive screens and menus. No narrations are included but there are plenty of them in the software.

God is depicted onscreen as a cloud with a lightning bolt that leads Fluffy around the story (perhaps distantly related to the pillar of fire in the Exodus story). God has quite a sense of humor, and for a change, God's voice is very "country."

In "Yo Mary and Joe!" God explains to Fluffy the differences in Matthew and Lukes stories about the angel's visit, and provides an activity about how WE can become God's messengers (angels).

Several of Fluffy's stories include a verse reflection activity called "Fluffimations." Students complete a "mad-lib-like" set of questions posed by the program which inserts them into the scripture to create a new version of the story spoken aloud by Fluffy using the student's vocabulary.

Fluffy is a BIG program. The Guide details each section and sub-section.

Last edited by Luanne Payne

Add Reply

Post a New Topic
Lesson or Resource Inc. is a volunteer-run, 100% member supported, 501(c)3 non-profit Sunday School lesson ministry. You are welcome to borrow and adapt content for non-commercial teaching purposes --as long as both the site and author are referenced. Inc reserves the right to manage, move, condense, delete, and otherwise improve all content posted to the site. Read our Terms of Service. is rated5 stars on Google based on 51 reviews. Serving a global community including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, S. Africa, and more!

Link copied to your clipboard.