My mom gave me an incredible present the year that I was pregnant with Sam called "The Adventure of Christmas" by Lisa Whelchel. It is a book that has ways to teach children about Jesus through all of the Christmas traditions. I started doing this last year with Sam and brought Jacob into it this year. My sister-in-law has been doing the crafts from this book for several years with Caleb as well! We joined together to make our Christmas tree cones and tell the kids about the first Christmas trees.
All you need is some sugar cones, green frosting and some M&Ms for the craft...
While the kids are putting the frosting on the cone, you can talk about why there are Christmas trees. Lisa has a very detailed story, but for now, I condense it for the attention span of my four year old. We talk about how the tree is a reminder of why Jesus came for us...to die for us. 1 Peter 2:24 "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness."
It is a very fun treat for the kids to eat when they are finished and a sweet way to start the Christmas season!