Every December, millions of people around the world celebrate the birth of the Christ child.  This Christmas, we thought it would be interesting to ask the CHILDREN what gift THEY would give to Jesus, and to draw a picture of it.


This was a fun one to put together.  I won’t go into a ton of detail on this one, but needless to say, kids have an awesome and unfiltered view of Christmas and religion sometimes.  This story was one of those opportunities to capture a little of that magic.

Aly Jace Primary ClassThe real stars of this story are the kids in my daughter’s and son-in-law’s Sunday School class.  During the season where Christians celebrate the birth of the Christ child, they asked the kids what gift THEY would give Jesus for Christmas.  Their ideas, artwork, and thoughts behind what they would give is priceless.  My job was not to mess it up.  🙂

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Some of their gifts seemed appropriate for the Sabbath day that they were drawing these.  This is how we got the pictures–pencil-drawn only.  In Adobe After Effects, I ended up doing what is called a “luma key”, which in this case, just eliminates the white and leaves the black.  I then “colored” on a white screen, keeping this black-only outline on top of it.  Almost two decades ago, I spent a good chunk of my time working for an educational company making children’s faxes “come to life.”  It was fun to put that hat on again for a little while.

nativity-37The awesome pictures in the story came from a good friend, Ron Aguilar.  He lives in the Sacramento area and snapped a few of these at a live nativity at a local place of worship.  Great stuff.



I think my favorite gift idea from the kids was this one:

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I love this.

At Christmas time, this story was a nice reminder to me to look at things a little differently, and who better to teach about the Baby in Bethlehem than the little ones around us.