Keeping Jesus’ birth at the center is important.

Virtual Christmas Scavenger Hunt for catechism lesson by Catechism Angel at catechismangel.com

This meaningful virtual Christmas scavenger hunt focuses on how Christmas symbols tie into Jesus’ birth. The clues are especially designed to help everyone remember to keep “Christ in Christmas”. This special variation is designed for home or zoom session use. For options on hosting ones during faith formation classes or as a December family event, see those specific posts’ links.

The Clues for the Virtual Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Use the clues below that describe the 10 items to be found.  The clues are intentionally easy so that the focus is on hearing and learning the link to Jesus’s birth.  Even 4 year olds can help.  If you would like harder clues, try the “Riddles for Kids” website which has Christmas riddles for many Christmas items like Christmas trees, candy canes, wreaths, etc.

1.What Christmas decoration is a green color that lasts all year round and reminds people of the everlasting hope that Jesus brings?  The top points toward heaven where Jesus lives. Jesus made it possible for us to live forever in heaven after we die. 
2.What Christmas object appeared in the sky when Jesus was born?  The Wise Men used it to find Jesus.   It was the sign of the fulfillment of God’s promise to send us a Savior. It shows us that God does keep his promises. We need to follow the light of this object to find Jesus, too.
3.What Christmas items remind us that Christmas is a time of giving? The greatest one ever given in the whole world is that GOD gave “HIS only begotten SON…” We need to rejoice in the sending of God’s only Son.
4,What Christmas decoration symbolizes the real nature of God’s love? It is circular and does not have a beginning or an end. God’s love for us never ends just like this circle has no end.  His Love is one continuous circle of never-ending fondness, affection, and mercy.
5.What Christmas décor plant has an everlasting green color that signifies the immortality of Jesus?  Its thorny points represent the crown of thorns worn by Jesus when he died.  Its red holly berries remind us of the blood shed by Jesus.  When we look at it, we should realize the sacrifices Jesus made for us.
6.What Christmas item symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world?   When we see its warm light, we should realize that Jesus displaces the darkness and gives us comfort and light. It also calls us to be light for others.  We need to help others see the light of Jesus by loving and serving them as Jesus taught us in the Gospel.
7.What Christmas people traveled a long way searching and searching for the baby Jesus?  We should long to find the baby Jesus as much as they did. They were very unselfish when presenting Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Can we be as unselfish and giving as they were?
8.Who announced the glorious news of the Savior’s birth? They sang ‘Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men’.  We need to be as joyful as they were in proclaiming the birth of Jesus.  We should spread Christmas tidings and joy to our family and friends just like they did.
9.What Christmas decoration item symbolizes Jesus’ arrival and guidance? Sheep wear them on their collars and lost sheep are found by their sound. Whenever we hear one, we are reminded us that we are all precious to God. At Christmas, they ring out in celebration to announce the coming of the great Lord who loves us all.
10.What Christmas item is in the shape of the shepherds’ cane? The crook on the shepherds’ cane helps shepherds to bring back strayed sheep to the flock. When we see this object, it should help us remember that Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  When we chose to follow Jesus, we know he will always gently lead us to safety and peace.
The answers are (1) Christmas tree, (2) Star, (3) Gifts. (4) Wreath, (5) Holly. (6) Candle, (7) Three Wise Men figurines, (8) Angel figurine, (9) Bell, (10) Candy Cane

Checklist for the Home Virtual Scavenger Hunt Challenge:

Virtual Christmas Scavenger hunt checklist that is Jesus-centered as a catechism lesson by Catechism Angel at catechismangel.com

**For an editable Word (docx) version of this checklist, please see my store on TeachersPayTeachers in order to download.

Directions for Home Virtual Christmas Scavenger Hunt

For the home scavenger hunt, advertise the challenge to families at the beginning of Advent.  Offer some fun incentives like the eligibility to win gift certificates or other prizes.

Home assignment to be done either as an individual or as a family group:

  • Read the Christmas story (Luke 2:1-20) from the Bible.
  • Solve the 10 clues. Write the name of the object on the checklist next to the clue.
  • Gather the 10 items and take a picture with them.  If you do not have an item, draw a picture of it. Include as many family members are possible in the photo.
  • Email a completed checklist (see below) and your photo and to the youth minister to be eligible for a drawing to win a prize.
  • If you have an Instagram account, please post your with photo with the hashtag  #christmassymbols.  Tag our church so your success is shared with community!

Directions for the Zoom Virtual Christmas Scavenger Hunt

If your youth are meeting via zoom sessions, then this activity can be easily adapted to any session where you will be discussing the meaning of Christmas.

Here are some options:

  • before the Zoom meeting, ask participants to figure out 2 clues from the list and to share those items at the Zoom meeting along with the tie-in the Jesus’s birth.
  • during the Zoom meeting, read a clue to the participants.  Once they figure it out, have them race to find that item in their house.  Follow with the fastest person sharing what they retrieved with the rest of the group via screen sharing.

Make sure adequate time it taken to read review the symbolic link to the birth of Jesus.  Feel free to use this Google slides presentation to go through the clues.

Finish zoom session by giving a meaningful tie to Santa

For a final impact, show this picture of Santa at Jesus’ manger by screen share.  Ask why Santa is bowing down.

Christmas figurine showing Santa bowing down before baby Jesus as part of a catechism lesson by Catechism Angel at catechismangel.com

Tell them that Santa requests us all to….

“Remember, the true meaning of Christmas.   Do not put me in the center.  I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship HIM, our LORD, our GOD.  May all glory be given to God in all that we do.”

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