Hosting a “Why Do We Call It Christmas?” Party!
Last night after a rather firm “Christmas-is-not-all-about-the-presents” lecture from his mother, my son prayed that God would help him to be excited about celebrating Jesus’ birthday, not just about the presents. As a family are trying to do different things that help our children concentrate on the true meaning of Christmas. We are using this great advent book, and we’ve got an advent calendar that tells the story of Christmas. The kids still enjoy acting out the Christmas story with our Little People Nativity set too! But this year in addition to those things, we are also having a “Why Do We Call It Christmas?” family party. This 60 minutes movie written by Phil Vischer (creator of Veggie Tales and the What’s in the Bible series) answers some interesting questions that kids and maybe even adults have about Christmas. For example, the movie talks about where the holiday’s name came from, why we have Christmas trees, who Saint Nicolas is, and what the word Emmanuel means. As we watch, I’m planning to jot down a few questions so we can play little quiz game when the movie is done.
My friend sent me a link for this awesome coloring page. I think my kids will love coloring all the animals and I like that it emphasizes that Jesus is the King of all creation!
We’re also going to make “gingerbread” Nativity scenes. I can’t post a picture of ours since we haven’t made them yet, but I’m imagining they will look something like this.
Ha. Just kidding. If I’m lucky they’ll look like this!
I don’t want to give my kids a heart attack for Christmas (hotdogs and candy?), but I also thought this lunch that Christina made was pretty awesome. You know, as long as you are not bothered by the thought of eating baby Jesus…