Updated December 27, 2016
The feast of the Epiphany occurs on the evening of January 6, the twelfth day after Christmas. Its name means “appearance” or “manifestation,” and it celebrates the day when Jesus was revealed as the Son of God to the wise men, or magi. When the magi adored the infant Jesus and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, it was taken as a sign, because they were Gentiles, that Jesus was sent as the Savior of all men everywhere, not only the Jews.
Following is a list of children’s stories, videos, coloring pages and activities for this special day.
Fascinating Facts About Epiphany - Interesting facts about the origins of the Magi and their search for the new King. For ages 8 on up.
The First Epiphany - The story of the first Epiphany for children, with text in English and Spanish. Ideal for preschoolers and children up to 5 years old.
Caspar's Story - A true to life retelling of the story of the Magi, as told by Caspar. Ideal for children ages 8 on up.
The Other Wise Man – The classic story of Artaban, the fourth wise man. This story is condensed for easy reading and is suitable for children ages 7 on up. (NEW!: The story has been re-formated and pictures have been added to make for easier reading)
Wise Men from the East – An overview of the story of the Magi from the Bible, along with interesting insight into what Christian tradition has to say about the fate of these three adventurous men who left everything behind to follow a star and worship the Messiah. Ideal for kids 7 and up.
We Three Kings – A kids’ PowerPoint of the classic Christmas song, “We Three Kings”. Great for preschoolers and young children.
The Visit of the Magi – A brief overview of the story of the wise men, from Matthew 2:1-11. For kids of all ages.
The Intriguing Story of the First Christmas, part 3 - An in-depth look at the story of the visitation of the Magi. For children ages 6 on up.
NEW! The Wise Men Visit Baby Jesus - Excerpted from the cartoon "Bible for Beginners"
NEW! Child of Love: the Visit of the Magi - An audio dramatization of the visit of the Magi and Joseph and Mary's flight into Egypt. About 10 minutes long; excerpted from the Christmas audio drama "Child of Love".
The Fourth Wise Man – Classic movie for children about the legend of the Artaban, the fourth wise man.
We Three Kings - Kidzone Animated Children’s Song
The Nativity Story – Wise Men - Excerpted from the movie “The Nativity” (2006)
The Three Wise Men – Story of the three wise men as told by children; courtesy of www.jesusandkidz.com.
Three Wise Men Bible Paper Toys
3D Picture of the 3 Wise Men (Click here for instructions on assembling this picture)
Camel Craft Ideas
Other fun arts and crafts ideas
Image courtesy of ChristArt.com
Updated December 2016!
Christmas is a great time to curl up on the couch together and enjoy a good Christmas movie. Following is a list of some Christmas classics that are not only entertaining but also meaningful. These children’s movies, cartoons and music videos help children remember that Christmas is about more than just giving and getting presents – it’s about love, gratitude and God’s wonderful gift to us in giving us His Son, Jesus.
Click on the links to watch any one of these Christmas videos online.
It’s a Wonderful Life - George Baily is a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others. When he loses a large sum of money, he contemplates suicide on a bridge on Christmas Eve. This brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born. (This movie has English subtitles and you can download it as well using the link at the bottom right hand side of the video)
Miracle on 34th Street (1955 made for TV version) - Macy's inadvertently hires the real Santa Claus to be the store Santa, with life-changing results.
White Christmas - Two army buddies, who have become a successful performing team, work together to create a fantastical Christmas surprise for their former general.
A Christmas Carol (1984) - The classic story of Scrooge, an old, miserly man who wants nothing to do with Christmas or good will. After being visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, he changes his ways and dedicates the remainder of his days to helping those around him. You can watch the 2009 version of this classic Christmas movie here.
The Nativity Story (2006) - Mary is a simple teenage girl whose life is changed forever when the angel Gabriel comes to her and tells her that she is chosen to be the mother of God's son. She subsequently heads to Bethlehem with her husband Joseph, finds nowhere to stay in the city and gives birth to Jesus in a stable.
The Preacher’s Wife - Dudley is an angel sent to earth to help a pastor; however, as he is doing his job, he finds himself falling in love with the pastor's wife, played by Whitney Houston. Heart touching story with great music.
The Fourth Wise Man - Artaban is a wise man who intends to set off with the three Magi to find the Christ child. However, he stops en route to help a sick man on the way and misses his chance of finding baby Jesus. He then dedicates his life to doing good and helping those in need, never dreaming of the dramatic meeting that he will one day have with the Savior.
Joyeux Noel (2005) – Based on a true story that took place during World War 1. On Christmas Eve, soldiers from opposing armies came together, met with each other and shared a day of unimaginable good will. May not be suitable for younger children. The movie is in French with English subtitles.
Cartoons and Music Videos:
Animated Stories from the New Testament: A King is Born - The story of the First Christmas, starting with the annunciation and ending with Joseph, Mary and Jesus' return to Nazareth from Egypt.
Bible for Beginners: The Nativity - The story of the First Christmas for preschoolers and younger children
Veggie Tales: The Toy that Saved Christmas - A small toy is bewildered by the commercial hype surrounding Christmas and sets out to find what Christmas is all about.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Classic 1966 cartoon) - The Grinch hates Christmas and sets out to steal all the decorations and presents from the townspeople. However, he finds in the end that the spirit of Christmas is not something that can be stolen.
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Based on the Peanuts cartoon strip. The story touches on the over-commercialization and secularism of Christmas, and serves to remind viewers of the true meaning of Christmas.
Annabelle’s Wish - Annabelle is a calf whose greatest wish is to become one of Santa's reindeer. However, she makes a surprising decision that leads her to lose what she holds most dear in order to help a mute boy that she has befriended.
The Little Drummer Boy - An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.
Nester the Long-Eared Donkey - An outcast donkey in Roman era Judea with overlong ears finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem.
Kiddie Viddie: Christmas Joy – Children’s music video featuring well known and original Christmas songs for children. Ideal for babies, preschoolers and kids up to four years in age. (This playlist also includes several songs and a story from the “Treasure Attic” children’s video, as well as a short Nativity drama of the First Christmas.)
Alabaster's Song - The touching story of a boy who befriends a Christmas Angel. From the well-known book "Alabaster's Song" by Max Lucado.
Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moment's Christmas Story - Little Timmy the Angel is given the greatest honor in all of Heaven: to deliver the jeweled crown to baby Jesus. But he's sure they've made a mistake. He's much too little for such a long journey. And who knows what frightful things lie ahead...
Click here for free children's Christmas stories.
Click here for children's coloring pages.
Some of the descriptions are courtesy of IMDB, Amazon and Wikipedia. Image courtesy of Sean Dreilinger via Flickr.com