December 22 {Simple Sunday}

Holidays / The Basics //

i’m in full on christmas cheer mode. people, seriously. christmas is only a month away. + 14 days.

last week, i posted about how we’re planning christmas for the kiddos at willow chicago. we’re going all out. but, in addition to all the fun, games, lights, parties, and bible stories we’re planning, we’ll also be including a what’s in the bible? christmas video for the lesson on december 22.

a. because the christmas content in this episode is fantastic, and unique, and super geared towards elementary age kids who’ve heard the biblical account of christmas a few hundred times, and are ready to up their understanding of the christmas context.

b. because we’d like to do something a bit simpler on the sunday that falls just 3 days before christmas for our volunteers, kids, and {ahem} ourselves. no shame in this game. we’ll show the video alongside special christmas snacks and a team time game afterwards.

c. this companion resource is a meaningful way to encourage faith at home during the holiday season. what does that have anything to do with december 22? nothing. while editing this post, i remembered how amazing this resource was and had to include! besides, a list with just an “a” and “b” is silly. {bonus! download the first chapter here!}

so, there it is. simple sunday. christmas magic. joy to the world, indeed.

PS: full disclosure — this post includes affiliate links. that means if you click the links and make a purchase, i make a percentage of the sale. i’d like to call that a win + win. cheers! 





About the Author

Amy Dolan is founder, leader and blogger for Lemon Lime Kids, a children’s ministry consulting company that seeks to encourage churches to consider a fresh approach to leading and teaching children. Amy started the company in 2005, as a way to empower and encourage fellow children’s ministry leaders, and since that first day has had the opportunity to work with leaders & organizations committed to the spiritual growth of children. Amy believes that the church fully empowered, combined with the commitment of the family, and the compassion of the community has the power to inspire children’s faith for a lifetime. In addition to her consulting work with Lemon Lime Kids, Amy leads the strategic curriculum development for Phil Vischer’s new curriculum What’s in the Bible? (, and serves as Director of LOCAL, a Chicago-area children’s ministry collaborative ( Amy is the former Executive Director for Children’s Ministry at the Willow Creek Association, a former Children’s Ministry Director at The Chapel in Libertyville, IL and a Curriculum Writer for Promiseland at Willow Creek in South Barrington. Amy is proud to be married to her husband Kelly, and loves living in Chicago. Amy blogs at and tweets at @adolan.