I think I have said in the past that I label myself as something of a reluctant worshiper. But you can not have Christmas without Christ and I also really enjoyed this time of year as a child growing up and going to Sunday school, so I make it my aim to teach the boys about Jesus, the Christmas and Advent.
Last year, the wonder Coffee Lady told me about a book called The Light in the Lantern, which is filled with short stories for advent. The stories are intended for reading aloud for children of school age and are perfect for sparking conversation about Advent. The are pretty short, but perfect for night time reading.
Then last week I had an email from Melitsa from Raising Playful Tots, who I respect a lot and she had a link to The Truth is in the Tinsel as her signature. So I decided to down load a copy of the book, which is wonderful. it is for Preschool age children, but perfect for Mini too. It gives you a reading prompt and an activity to make an ornament for each day to go with the prompt. The whole activity will take less than 30 minutes and is a wonderful way to discuss the Christmas Story at a very basic level. This is something we have really enjoyed doing each day and it has really made us take a pause as a family for the everyday rush that this time of year can be.
This year I also felt that I couldn’t have mum’s nativity scene out, so the lovely people at Playmobil sent me a Playmobil Nativity and Three Kings, which the boys ans I assembled on Friday Afternoon and has been played with all weekend.
We love Playmobil and I love the fact that this is just so perfect to use to role play the story and I do not have to fret about anything getting damaged or broken and the lamp even lights up too.
How do you talk about Advent and the Christmas Story with your children? Do you have any other suggestions or ideas for me?