Do you know what I love?
Christmas. Since childhood, Christmas has truly been one of the most wonderful times of the year for me. I love the lights, the time with family, and I love celebrating our Savior’s birth.
Ever since my first baby was born, I have been on a quest for ways to make this holiday special. But I don’t want just a special Christmas.
I want a Christ-centered Christmas.
I want my kids to know the entire story of the birth of Jesus, that it was a miracle. I want my kids to understand that the baby grew into a man. And unlike all other men, this man was without error, without sin. And He died, willingly, on the cross for our sins. And then the miracle of miracles happened. He rose from the dead, proving that He was God, triumphant over the grave. And because of His sacrifice, we can have salvation through Him and walk with Him every day.
Friends, I want my babies to see the Gospel in Christmas. Is that so much to ask?
I don’t think so.
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Last year, we found an Advent Devotional that is perfect for teaching these concepts to even the littlest of children.
See, my children are 5, 3, and 2. I have done other Advent Devotionals that I can’t wait to bring back when they’re older. But in these little years, we need to focus on the essentials. My tiniest ones need to learn all about the true Christmas story, the birth of Christ, and how that connects to the Gospel.
I love Truth in the Tinsel because it maps out everything we need to do each day to focus on the Christmas story. With each story and scripture, we make a fun ornament that teaches the kids about Jesus in a tangible way. I almost can’t believe how well my kids understood the concept of the census after our craft last year. It was that brilliant. And if there’s no time to make an ornament then we can just color the ornaments instead.
I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and I’m breaking the rules by talking about Christmas, but just a few days after Thanksgiving, Advent begins. So while I’m out getting a few more ingredients for our Thanksgiving meal, I’m also shopping my Truth in the Tinsel crafts. We’re going to pick up the popcicle sticks, the tissue paper, and all the other little items that we’ll need to complete our Truth in the Tinsel activities. And I wanted to share it with you as well so that you can prepare too.
To make it more fun, if you do Truth in the Tinsel, be sure to post pictures of the fun on Instagram! I would love to see your cute ornaments. Just be sure to tag me, @GabrielleADaigle so that I can see it! You can also tag @oohamanda, the author of Truth in the Tinsel and hashtag it #truthinthetinsel so that we can easily find it. Sound fun?
The goal is not a crazier Christmas or a longer to do list. The goal is one thing that we do each day to focus on Christ. It’s more important than shopping and it’s more important than Pinterest-worthy cookies.
Let’s be intentional and Christ-centered this Christmas. With every day, but especially with each holiday, I want my family to treasure Christ even more. <–Tweet it!
Truth in the Tinsel is just one way to do that.
What’s your favorite way to teach your children the real Christmas story?