This year, I wanted to do something more meaningful with Advent. My friend, Barb, introduced us to "Truth in the Tinsel." Our church hosted a gathering where families assembled to prepare their advent packets. I had to work and could not attend. Barb and her helpers prepared 25 days of activities for my children. I looked through the packets and instantly knew this was exactly what I hoped to do with my children for Christmas.
Tonight, we completed the 1st activity. The directions suggested we read a passage from the Bible, discuss it, and then complete the activity. Young children lose interest quickly. I really wanted them to stay focused through the entire activity. I chose to create the craft first and then read the accompanying passage. It was a good idea.
The craft was a stained-glass-like candle. I helped the children cut out their candle frames and strips of tissue paper. They glued the strips to the candle template. They truly enjoyed making the craft and asked a lot of questions. Mainly, they wanted to know why it was a candle. What was its meaning?
I had them! By doing the craft first, I sparked their interest in the story. Score! I read the passage.
And then they wanted to hang their candles on the Christmas tree. Who knew bread ties made excellent hangers? Why do I not own ribbon???
Thank you, Barb, for this truth in our tinsel. Advent is already meaningful to my little ones.
We also received a very thoughtful gift in the mail today. During a recent visit with my very best friend, Beth, I mentioned the kids and I were going to make ornaments for our tree this year. We are having our first Christmas in our new home and I did not have any decorations. I also did not have the extra funds to buy a bunch of stuff. Homemade ornaments were the answer (and the kids would LOVE it!)
Beth and her wonderful husband, Matt, sent us a giant box of garland, ornaments, beads and a tree skirt. They also included outside lights for our bushes. I cried when I opened the box and read their sweet note. I cried. My children literally squealed with delight and immediately dug into the box to discover its contents. We ran the garland up the stair banister and draped the skirt around the tree. We'll hang the ornaments, beads and outside lighting tomorrow. Thank you so much, Beth, Matt and Alex. You mean so very much to us.