Preparing for Advent

I know, I know. I don’t want to skip over Thanksgiving! I love it! But if you want to make a meaningful experience for your children this December, it might take some prepping.

I wanted to share with you my two favorite Advent activities that I’ve been doing with my (little) kids the past few years.

 

 

My lovely friend Amanda has such a heart for helping parents reach their kids for Christ. A few years ago, she wrote this e-book called Truth in the Tinsel. It’s an Advent experience: a 25-day guide with Scripture, crafts, activities, and application to help you tell your child the whole Christmas story – from Isaiah and the prophecies to the cross.

You can see my personal post about it here. But I just have to tell you how much my daughter enjoys this. I think this year, now that she’s 5, it will be even better. The Bible stories and truths are really starting to sink into her little heart. And I think Truth in the Tinsel is one of the best ways to fight back against secular Christmas. Make your focus Jesus … not presents.

{I love Amanda’s FAQ post if you have any questions about it!}

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Last year I also put together a list of 25 Jesus-centered Christmas books on my own blog. I wrapped each one in Christmas paper. Last year, each night in December the kids picked one book to unwrap and read. They thought this was the BEST THING EVER, and I loved the time reading together and again, reinforcing the true meaning of Christmas.

I would really urge you to take December as yours as a parent. Refuse to go to every party and event if you need to. Spend the holidays impressing Scripture and truth on your child’s heart, so you can emerge from December refreshed and in awe of God’s great work through Christ.

 

November Giveaway

It’s November! Do you feel the holidays beginning to breathe their "parumpa-pum-pum" rhythym? With a baby due on December 22nd, I definitely do! Now that we’re through a whirlwind week of two birthdays, four grandparents and one aunt visiting, one big birthday bash, and some trunk-or-treating, "baby time" seems even more close. Which means you have about 7 and a half weeks until Christmas!

For our November giveaway, we’re doling out TEN fun Christmas books for you and your kids.

 wonderofchristmas.gifHere are the ten books we’re giving away:

 The Wonder of Christmas by Dandi Daley Mackall

Away in a Manger by Mike Jaroszko

Tonight You Are My Baby (Board Book) by Jeannine Q. Norris

Pocket’s Christmas Wish by Ann Bonwill and Russell Julian

starofchristmasbook.jpgThe Star of Christmas by Maria T. DiVencenzo

Holiday Cupcakes by Annie Rigg

Come to the Table: Food, Fellowship, and a Celebration of God’s Bounty by Benita Long

Christmas Cooking with Kids by Annie Rigg

Kids in the Holiday Kitchen by Jessica Strand

Better Home and Gardens’ Best of Christmas Ideas

To enter, leave a comment on this post with one of your favorite Christmas books or family traditions. If you’d like, you can also comment which of these books you would like to have the most, and we’ll take that into consideration if you are a winner!

Winners will be selected December 1, 2010. LifeWay employees are not eligible to win.