Every year I try to plan something fun for us to do as a family the week before Christmas.
Last year I tried to do Advent with my children. Granted, they are quite young and really don’t get the concept of Advent. But they really liked lighting the candle each day.
But it really didn’t work for us. Admittedly, I would forget to light the candle, something would interrupt our morning routine, it was always something.
So, this year, I went back to the drawing board and this is what we have!
Every year I pack up all the Christmas books and cartoons, and put them away. I like to keep them special for this time of year.
This year, I decided to pack them in gift bags so that the entire week and half before Christmas Day we will open a gift bag. In each bag there is a book (or more) cartoon, and an activity.
Here are the books we like:
The Star of Bethlehem
What is Christmas
Christmas in the Manger
Fun with Christmas Tree
Elmos’s Night Before Christmas
A Stable in Bethlehem
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Winnie the Pooh’s Christmas
Some activity ideas are:
Homemade Christmas ornaments
Play dough with Christmas-shaped cookie cutters
Making Christmas cookies
A Christmas music dance party
Playing with old tree decorations
Making Jesus a birthday cake
Throw Jesus a birthday party
I took Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus from our nativity, plus a small mirror. I packed each in a separate gift bag. Each day we will open one bag and talk about that figure from the Christmas story – reserving the mirror for Christmas day. As the children look in the mirror, we will share with them that what they see is what Jesus wants for Christmas.
Yesterday was the first day and it is fun so far! Check back next week as I share about how our 12 days are going, and why a messy Christmas is the best Christmas of all!
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