11.15.2012

Preparing for CHRISTmas!!!

I have been doing a lot of research on Christmas "activities" that we can do with the girls to prepare for Christmas and focus on something other than presents. Here are all of the options I can up with!

{Of course, The Elf on the Shelf I wrote about it last year- HERE
{Last year we tried Jesse Tree- I talked about it in the same article HERE. We are not going to do Jesse  Tree this year- it is a little old for my girls and it was like pulling teeth trying to get them to do it. We will keep that for future years...great idea though!}

{Your Christmas Angel is a great idea- instead of the elf...an angel! Wish I would have known about this last year before purchasing that expensive little elf!!! We are sticking with "Eddy" but I love the angel!}

{What God Wants for Christmas- this is one thing we are FOR SURE doing this year. It is just 7 days and each day has 1 box to open with a little story/info- each box contains one thing to put in the nativity scene (provided). I love it- it is simple, meaningful and fun! We are going to do 1 per week from the Sunday after Thanksgiving- So we will do it the following dates: 11/25, 12/2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 25}
{My friend Amy sent me this link from our friend Shanna, Truth in the Tinsel- their website has some fun Christmas ideas too (they also mention a lot of the same ones I found- which is always good confirmation of research! Anyway- seems like Jesse Tree but for young kids- and it is an ebook which is great and you can print the ornaments- perfect- making those Jesse Tree ornaments was a pain!}
{We will be doing this also, Advent Storybook: 24 Stories to Share Before Christmas. It is a sweet book where you read one story each day before Christmas (and they are short 1 page stories!)- It has an advent calendar to go with it (we are not doing the calendar). This book follows a little bear on his journey to Bethlehem and he learns about the true spirit of Christmas along the way! I am excited about this one- short and so sweet! My vision is: our family sitting at the tree each night- no lights but the ones on the tree and reading these short stories...I will keep you posted- usually my "visions" get altered a bit!}

{The ADVENTure of Christmas is a book by Lisa Whelchel and it has SO MANY fun ideas of things to do with kids leading up to Christmas to teach them the "reason for the season". It takes all of the traditions and explains them to kids in a fun way- a craft or something to bake, teachable moments, stories, etc.. It is a great book. We will use some of the ideas each year (I would be exhausted trying all of them)}



Hope that gave you some fun ideas- let me know if you have any favorites! Stay tuned...I am doing my FIRST EVER give-away the first week of December and I am just SO excited! Make sure to follow on Facebook or Twitter to stay informed! (Of course if you like this- make sure to Pin away)!!! 
YEA...ITS CHRISTMAS TIME!!!!!!





1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing the ideas that you're using with your family! Isn't it a privilege to get to share the greatest story ever told with your precious little ones?

    Every blessing to you!

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