Want to help your kids learn more about the origin of Christmas or simply wanting to beef up on your vocabulary skills to be able to do it yourself? Below are 8 quality videos available on YouTube (click here to access the entire playlist). I was able to even find one in Cantonese and one with both English and Chinese subtitles!
The Christmas Story
I really like this one because not only does it do a good job of clearly telling the Biblical story of Christ’s birth, the stop motion animation is also adorable.
The subtitle is in Simplified Chinese and the story is told from Jesus’ perspective.
The Origin of Christmas/圣诞节的来历
This quality cartoon clearly explains the story of Christmas with beautiful illustration. The only downside is that there are no subtitles.
The First Christmas: 第一個聖誕節 (English & Chinese Subtitles)
This is a great video for those who are looking for a video on Christmas with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles. As the narrator reads, the words she’s reading are highlighted to help you follow along.
The only but major downside to this is that this video doesn’t present Jesus as the Son of God but rather minimizes Him into just a reason why we give gifts and do our best to spread joy.
The story is told from the perspective of the star that appeared over Bethlehem.
The Origin of Christmas/聖誕節的由來
This cute animation goes through the story of Christ’s birth, death on the Cross and His resurrection. It also has a simple Gospel presentation at the end of the videos. Subtitle is in Traditional Chinese.
Children’s Bible:Baby Jesus in the Manger 兒童聖經故事:馬槽裡的嬰兒耶穌
This one plays more like a picture book rather than a cartoon. It has Simplified Chinese subtitles and goes through the story of Christ’s birth then explains the Gospel at the end.
God’s Story: Christmas in Mandarin Chinese/上帝的故事: 聖誕節
This funny and creative video was produced by Crossroads Kid’s Club, a ministry based in America. It goes through the story of Christ’s birth and has Simplified Chinese subtitles. The only downside is that the narrator speaks pretty fast.
Christmas Short Gospel Video: The Gift Jesus Gives/聖誕節福音短片：耶穌給你的禮物 (Cantonese)
This adorable video is produced by Chinese Bible International Limited and it’s in Cantonese!
In the video, the story of Christmas and The Gospel is explained through powerpoint like presentation with Bible verses. This is probably more suitable for older children.
The videos has Traditional Chinese subtitles.
Veggie Tales The Toy That Saved Christmas/蔬菜總動員-聖誕玩具兵
For parents facing the dilemma of kids becoming more focused on gifts and Santa rather than Jesus, this is the video for you! The Toy That Save Christmas (link to English version on Amazon) is a wonderful story that does a great job helping kids discover the greatest gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ.
In the cartoon, a toy comes to life and begins asking about the true meaning of Christmas. This toy is being marketing as the “hot” toy of the season that everyone needs to get.
What I love about this short and entertaining Veggie Tales story is that they do a good job explaining with Scripture the true meaning and origin of Christmas in the usual entertaining Veggie Tale manner.
I hope these videos help your children learn more about why we celebrate Christmas and what a special holiday this is! Merry Christmas!
More Christmas 🎄 Goodies
For some more fun Christmas related material, check out the following posts:
- Chinese Christmas Carols & Lyrics
- Free Chinese Advent Scripture Cards/聖誕降臨經文卡
- Chinese Christmas Music for Kids on YouTube! a great list from CHALK Academy
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