“…Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2). Our final week of Advent we will focus on the Wisemen. They traveled many miles to see Jesus and they arrived when he was about 2 years old. No GPS for these guys. The “Star of East” was their navigator. Remember to share this with your children. I was an adult when I realized the Wise men were not at the manger. One way you could help your children visualize this would be to place the Wisemen in your manger scene away from the Holy family and the shepherds. So this week we will be making a cardboard star like the Magi saw, to help us remember that Jesus is the true light of Christmas.
Stories: The Visit of the Wisemen by: Martha Jander, Wisemen Follow the Star by: David Cook
Songs to Enjoy : “Joy to the World”, “We Three Kings”, “Wisemen Still Seek Him”, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”
Craft: Cardboard Star
This star is so cute and really easy to make. everyone can get in on the fun! Here is what you will need… a cardboard box, twine, 1 button per star, glue, sparkly ribbon, glitter, and a star pattern.
First, trace two stars on the cardboard (one will be larger than the other). After stars are cut out, add glitter to one or both stars. When dry, glue smaller star onto larger star. Attach the button to the center of the smaller star and punch a hole at top for the twine. Tie the glittery ribbon to the top where it hangs from the twine. Now you have your own beautiful star of Bethlehem.
The Magi followed the star and actively sought out Jesus. They kept their attention on our Savior and didn’t let a few miles or lack of a map keep them from bringing Him gifts of worship and praise. I pray all of our families keep Jesus as our focus not just during the Christmas season but throughout the rest of the year too. Remember “Wise men still seek Him”.
“When they saw the star they were overjoyed. On coming to the house they saw the child and his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him…and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:9-11)
Merry Christmas! This week is Jesus’ birthday, share it with us on week three of our Advent celebration.
Story: Jacob’s Gift, by: Max Lucado, Reread the Nativity Story
Songs to Enjoy: “Away in a Manger”, “It came upon a Midnight Clear , “Mary Did You Know”, “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”, “Silent Night”
Activity Make and take cookies, cupcakes and Christmas cards
If you are a child anxiously anticipating Christmas; it’s finally HERE! If you are an adult who just put up last year’s tree; it’s finally HERE…again! I love Christmas and everything about it but I long for that childlike excitement and anticipation for Christmas Day. My family would argue that I still have it. Christmas music and Christmas movies have been playing at our house since October. How can we get our children as excited about a baby in a manger as they get over a chubby man in a bright red suit? That has started me thinking…
Wonder if this Christmas we could ponder over a list of who we could serve instead of making our own wish list? Let’s read the REAL Christmas story before we share ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. We could focus on meeting the needs of others rather than counting our own gifts. As parents we are responsible for sharing the real meaning of Christmas with our children. So this week we have a special activity to do as a family.
Make your favorite Christmas cookies or cupcakes and take them to a neighbor, a shut-in, or someone who needs a little Christmas cheer. Decorate Christmas cards to go along with your special treats. My daughter used to help a favorite teacher deliver her Christmas Confections after the school Christmas program every year and she counted down the days for this much anticipated event.
Let’s be the feet of Jesus this Christmas. Relate your gift giving adventure with Jacob’s gift in the story. When you give a gift to one of God’s children you give a gift to God who blessed us with the greatest gift… “Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”(Luke 2:11) That’s what CHRISTmas is all about!
Special thanks to Cakes by Rebekah for the darling snowman cupcakes!
This week our Advent blog featured the shepherds in the Christmas story. Out of all the important people in the world, the Lord choose to reveal the birth of Jesus to the common workers…Shepherds. Everyday people out there doing their everyday jobs, were they ever surprised that Christmas Eve 2000 years ago!
Story: The Crippled Lamb by: Max Lucado
Songs to Enjoy: While Shepherd’s Watched Their Flocks by Night, The First Noel,
What Child is This, Do You Hear What I Hear?
Craft: No Sew Blanket
The only material you need for this project …material! 1 and 1/2 yards of 2 different pieces of fleece. Lay out both pieces on a large flat surface such as a bed, table, or floor. With the side of the fleece or pattern you want to show facing outward, trim edges to make sure all are even.
After all of your sides are ready, take a 3x5 note card and place on the corner of your blanket and cut out a rectangle, cutting through both pieces of fabric. Do this to all 4 corners. Then you can cut your 1- 2 inch strips all around the perimeter.
Next, the fun part, is tying the knots. You will want to double knot each pair of strands. The first knot will be loose and the second one will be pulled tightly. We had 5 people working on ours so “many hands make light work."
Finally, cuddle up under your cozy creation and read The Crippled Lamb or just take a well-deserved long winter nap. My girls wanted to make a blanket for themselves and another to give away as a gift or to take to a shelter. You can also point out to young children that this blanket will keep you warm just like Joshua kept baby Jesus warm in the story.
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid I bring you good news of great joy …You will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8, 9, 10 &12)
The shepherds were the first to hear about baby Jesus but not the last. Let’s continue to share His story with others. Maybe even pass along an extra blanket. A Christmas book and a Fleecy No Sew Blanket would make a great last minute gift for that special teacher, best friend or favorite relative. Join us next week as we celebrate Jesus’ birthday!
In keeping with our Advent theme for the month of December we will feature one activity a week to work on with your family. We might have an art activity, suggest a special treat to make, or just tell you about a fun project to do together. We will also suggest one story a week and list some Christmas songs to enjoy that embody the theme. So watch every week to make sure you don’t miss our Advent blogs and Mom 2 Mom activities. It is our prayer that these will help you and your family prepare your hearts for Christmas and truly celebrate Jesus’ birthday!
Story for the Week: Read a nativity story. Choose one from the list of Christmas stories on our blog page or read from Luke 2:1-20.
Songs to enjoy: Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “Angels from the Realms of Glory”, “Angels We Have Heard on High”
Spray paint (optional), glitter Ribbon with wire
String (for hanging)
Wooden balls (for head)
Moss for hair
Spray paint a pinecone or cover it in glue and sprinkle with glitter. This is your Angel’s body. Let it dry completely before adding the ribbon for the wings.
After making this cute craft help your children remember what the angel’s role was in the Nativity Story. Then let them retell or act out their favorite part. This is a great way to begin the Christmas season by reminding ourselves and our children what Christmas is truly about. “The Angel said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people .Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)
Write it on our children’s hearts and minds that the true meaning of Christmas is a baby in a manger, Jesus. Let’s adore and worship Him this year!
Singing Christmas Praises, Lisa
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