Kids’ slot for Christmas. You need a small cracker, a pack of crackers and a giant cracker with the usual three things inside.

Who can tell me what this is?

Who can tell me what I’ll find inside?

Who wants to pull it with me?

What do we find in there?

  • We’ve got a joke
  • We’ve got a present
  • We’ve got a crown

I’ve got a much bigger cracker here. Who wants to pull it with me? Let’s pull out the things that we find. This week I realized that crackers are a brilliant thing to have at Christmas because they remind us all about Jesus.

1. the joke reminds us that Jesus brings us great joy

Crackers always have jokes in them. Let’s read one of the jokes from the cracker.

  • Knock Knock
  • Who’s there?
  • Wayne
  • Wayne who
  • Wayne in a manger!

I’ve also got one for the grown ups.

  • Q: Why is Christmas just like any other day in the office?
  • A: Because you do all the hard work and the fat guy in the suit gets all the credit!

Jokes are brilliant because they make us laugh and they bring us great joy. The joke reminds us that God sent Jesus to bring us great joy. Jesus is the only person who can make us really joyful. Following and trusting in Jesus is the most fantastic thing that we can do.

2. the present reminds us that Jesus is God’s gift

Crackers always have a gift in them. This is the gift I put in the cracker. It’s a rubber chicken. It’s such a great gift to have because you never know when you’ll need a rubber chicken! But you can also get much better presents than that. Soemtimes they’re really useful like a shoe horn. At other times they’re really fun like a magnifying glass.

The present reminds us that God sent Jesus as a gift. Jesus is very valuable and very precious. Jesus is the best present that God could give us. I’m sure that there are lots of things that we’d like to have at Christmas but there’s no better gift to have than Jesus.

3. the crown reminds us that Jesus is a king

Crackers always have a hat or a crown in them. This is a crown that my daughter made. Grown ups always look slly at Christmas because they wear their crowns when they’re eating.

The crown reminds us that God sent Jesus as a king. Jesus is in charge of everything. Even though we can’t see him he is looking after everything to make sure that we’re ok.


If you’d like to have a cracker to take home come and see me at the end of the meeting and I’ll give you one.

16 thoughts on “Crackers!

  1. Sam Cooke December 19, 2012 / 3:42 pm

    Perks- Great talk, really clear and engaging with kids as well as adults. If you’re happy, might steal and tweak it?

  2. Pete Killingley December 21, 2012 / 3:54 pm

    Thanks for this urbanpastor – I’m guessing that as you’ve posted it online you don’t mind me using it this Sunday??

    • theurbanpastor December 21, 2012 / 4:06 pm

      Pete, go for your life and don’t even feel constrained by the need to credit me! In all honesty, the idea probably come from someone else before it was mine!

  3. Margot Darlow December 22, 2012 / 6:41 am

    I plan on using it too, great idea. Thanks. 🙂

  4. Andrew December 24, 2012 / 2:23 pm

    Just discovered your web site some good stuff here ty ty.

    After 12 Family talks in the same place creativity a bit worn out lol.

    Have a great Christmas.

    God Bless.

  5. Stephanie Wolfe December 7, 2013 / 4:07 pm

    God Bless you Urban Pastor”! Slightly panicking about a talk for school assembly -after 8 years it is difficult to think up something new and I found your site through Google! Thank you Stephanie

  6. Tina C December 21, 2013 / 10:00 pm

    Haven’t seen you since our move back to Oz (last time would have been a Revive ’09?)! And now blessed by your ministry again. Love this, have friends and family coming for Christmas dinner that don’t know Jesus and looking for winsome ways to point to him. Ta!

  7. Roger B December 22, 2014 / 11:28 am

    This talk has been such a blessing this christmas.. (Didn’t use the big cracker idea.. just a small one and made fun out of the three items(used it at three school Nativity services in church… at a nativity service at my other church.. and developed the idea for an adult congration at the carol service… it has so much in it… thank you Urban Pastor.

    • theurbanpastor December 22, 2014 / 12:49 pm

      Great stuff. Thrilled to be able to think through and promote imaginative ways to help people hear the wonderful news of the gospel.

  8. Ben Goodyear December 21, 2015 / 11:06 am

    Perks thanks for sharing this and your other talks mate. It is getting hard to come up with fresh material after preaching on Christmas day at least 7 times.

    • theurbanpastor December 21, 2015 / 12:48 pm

      I hear you! I went back to an old talk this year and tried to freshen it up. It worked, I think. The structure can remain the same but the content can be tweaked, especially perhaps illustrations. Hope you’re going well down in Brixton.

  9. Martin. December 8, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    BRILLIANT!! Thanks a lot for this. 😀

  10. Suze November 5, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Great. I may use this idea. I’m usually the helpful elf at the Christmas service. But this year I’ve been asked to run the crib service. I do have an idea to do a pass parcel with nativity scene characters in the wrappings. And tell the nativity that way. In you opinion would that work?

  11. Debra Davidson December 17, 2017 / 2:20 am

    Greetings from hot Australia!!! Love your site, just great. Thanks for sharing these..God Bless and Merry Christmas!

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