101_18282 BIG IDEAS:

  1.  Use The Jesus Storybook Bible to create a Jesse Tree for your family to celebrate Jesus throughout the Bible for the month of December.  We did it as an ornament exchange in our women’s group a few years ago and it was WONDERFUL!   There are 2 blog posts that explain how we did it:  Preparation and Party and Ornament Exchange Party and Dessert

2. This is an idea that works best for older elementary aged children and it takes a bit of pre-planning, but it’s really fun!  Each day of the week can be a time to focus on some aspect of the Christmas season and the week’s patterns continue throughout the month of December, so the children will know what they’ll be doing or talking about based on the day of the week.

Example:

Sunday – Advent – Tell the Nativity story using a different nativity each week.  Have your child tell the story.  Use an Advent Candle devotional to go through as a family.

Monday – Angels – Tell the stories about what each angel said when appearing to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and then to Joseph again.

Tuesday – Crafts/Gift Making – Make Christmas gifts for people (snow globes, candy cane reindeer, photo calendars, I Spy craft bottles, Christmas cards).

Wednesday – Baking – Bake cookies and other Christmas time treats to share.  (puppy chow, sugar cookies, Birthday cake for Jesus, gingerbread house, candies)

Thursday – Serving – Take canned goods to a food bank.  Take baked goods to a shut in or widow.  Shovel a neighbor’s walk or driveway.  Do chores for someone else in the family.  Pray as a family about a special gift you could give a family in need in your community then deliver it together or in secret.  Do the 12 Days of Christmas gift surprise for a family in your neighborhood.

Friday – Adventures – Drive around and see Christmas lights.  Go see specially decorated places around town (city capitol, Outlets tree).  Go to the Star lighting if you live in Castle Rock!  Go to a mall and then have a family discussion about materialism and greed verses giving and self-sacrifice.  Visit family members.

Saturday – Secret Servants (Secret Santa) – Have each member of your family pick a name and try to do fun things for that person throughout the month of December without being caught or found out.  On Christmas Eve reveal who had who.

The point of this Theme is to savor the season.  If it is too overwhelming, just pick one thing to focus on and then just enjoy the time together as a family!

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