Thursday, December 16, 2010

3 More Ideas to Draw You Closer to The Christmas Miracle

Last week I posted 5 fun ideas to help you and your family focus on the real meaning of Christmas. If you missed that post, click here.

A girlfriend emailed me saying, "I am feeling a little far from the message of the Christmas miracle." Me too. Paintings, sick hubby, sick kids, 9 Christmas recitals, concerts, and celebrations where a muffin or brownie or cookie has to be brought, ordering Christmas cards, shopping, wrapping, and just the daily non December stuff have distracted me form the real meaning of Christmas as well. Hopefully some of the ideas below will help us be intentional about drawing a little closer to the Christmas miralce:

1.
A couple of weeks ago, I ordered the book The ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Welchel; she used to play on the tv show, The Facts of Life, remember? Or are y
ou significantly younger than me? Lisa Welchel is now an author and speaker. This book, The ADVENTure of Christmas describes the significance behind favorite Christmas Traditions. Hanging lights on the house, wrapping gifts, and decorating the tree are opportunities to share how these customs relate to Jesus’ birth. We have been reading one page at dinner each night; the kids like the colorful pictures.
Why do we decorate a tree at Christmas? Where did the idea of Santa Claus come from? Does Xmas have anything to do with the real meaning of Christmas? I love this mom's guide to helping children find Jesus in the holiday traditions so much that I even bought a few extra copies to give to some special families on my list.

1. Host a Happy Birthday Jesus Party (even if it is just for you and your kids)

-Send invitations to a birthday party for Jesus. Party would have games, presents, a birthday cake!

Ideas for Party:

-Ask each child to bring a gently used baby gift to present to baby Jesus. Children present their gift to Baby Jesus at the nativity scene as Christmas music plays in background. Afterwards, give gifts to Crisis Pregnancy Center.

-Serve cupcakes or a birthday cake. Light the candles and turn out the lights to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. As kids eat their cake, read the story of Jesus in Luke 2: 1-16.

-Play “pin the star on the manger”, or let the children break a “Christmas-themed” piƱata.

-Before your guests leave, give each child a candy cane with the Legend of the Candy Cane attached (see #2 below). Remind them that the “J” shape of the cane reminds us of Jesus.

3. Share the Legend of the Candy Cane

Tie the below little poem to candy canes and pass out to friends, neighbors, classmates:

Look at the candy cane, what do you see?
Stripes that are red like the blood shed for me.
White for my Savior who is sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus, my Lord, that’s for sure!
Turn it around and a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd was born for me!


These books share the candy cane legend and are in our Christmas Book Basket:

The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg for elementary school age kids and older

J is for Jesus: The Sweetest Story Ever Told by Crystal Bowman is a quick read, board book for 2-7 year olds.

I love to gather the neighborhood kids or teach an elementary Sunday school class and read one of the above books and then make candy cane ornaments by stringing red and white beads on pipe cleaners. I have even gone into the preschool classes of my kids and done this. This is a great activity 3 year olds all the way up to your 12 year olds!! Click here for directions on making these ornaments:



Merry Christmas!! I have one more post planned for Monday about what my absolute favorite Christmas gift is to give! Be sure to come back for that post. In the meantime, you can check out my other Christmas posts by clicking here.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Su,

    Lisa Welchel (who I remember very well from the Fact of Life) was a speaker two years ago at The Women of Faith Conference in Greensboro. Her story was really interesting. I always imagine movie stars have it so easy but she is very much like all of us.

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