Christmas is an exciting time of year for children. For me I love to see my children’s excitement and the wonder that this time of year brings. However, if we do not guard against it, we can soon find ourselves swept up in the all the jolliness of the season and leaving out the most important and central person – Christ. It seems to me that the stores usher in Christmas in all its commercialism earlier and earlier each year. In England, the shelves were packed with Christmas decorations and trappings on November 1st. I’m sure they would have done it sooner but the shelves had previously been adorned with Halloween bits and bobs.
With inviting shelves tempting our children and the networks screening one fantasy Christmas movie after the next, I feel an overwhelming urge to counteract this consumer mentality with a purposeful and thought out Advent. I want and need Christ to be in this modern aged Christmas.
Scripture Adventures has been an answer to this heartfelt desire. Last December, I purchased A Christmas Adventure for an affordable $7.99. The idea was that we would set aside our regular studies, really mark Advent and prepare our hearts. I wanted our girls to truly grasp the gift of Christ, the true meaning of Christmas – and yes, to have fun, to create special memories together as we journeyed through Advent.
This 93 page downloadable resource is absolutely packed with:
- memory verses
- hands-on activities
- service ideas
- and hand-made gift ideas
In fact there is so much to do that you might end up having to leave some things out! We have been able to use this resource again this year, completing activities that we left out last year! What value!
We learned about the meanings behind the symbols and customs of Christmas and how they relate to Christ. We leaned about how children from different countries celebrate Christmas. We sang Christmas songs, created stained glass ornaments and a scripture count-down chain (among MANY other fun crafts and activities).
From the choice of 26 Christmas recipes we made Crispy Christmas wreaths, Ornament Cookies, A Christmas Tree Cake and Rudolph’s Antlers. We read the scriptures for the story of Jesus’ birth and the reason for His coming. We used the wonderful notebooking pages to note down our heart responses. We completed word searches and read the delightful Christmas story of St Nicholas. We learned about a Pioneer Christmas which was especially dear to us as we are HUGE ‘Little House’ fans. This really struck a chord in my girls as they remembered a few Christmases that we ‘shared’ with the Ingalls family :o)
The Christmas Adventure truly has been a ‘Christmas Adventure’ for our family and I feel blessed to be able to have such resources available at the click of a button!
- Scripture Adventures have other ‘adventures’ to choose from. We have used their ‘Easter Adventure’ with as much success – I will share more on that another time.
- When purchasing your ‘adventure’ you can choose between purchasing a NIV or King James version – depending on your preference.
- If you would like to download a sample of ‘A Christmas Adventure’, you will find a link on this page. Just scroll down to the bottom and click on the ‘download sample pages.’
So if you are looking for a fun, hands-on, informative and meaningful way to lead your children through Advent, I can highly recommend this product.
Many blessings to you all.
~ by Shirley, Under an English Sky