//This is an article written by Nicole for our Church (thanks)
What does the month of December and Christmas mean to your children? Presents, parties, family, chocolate Advent Calendars, Christmas concerts and Santa? Here are some helpful resources to keep your family focused on Jesus during this time.
- 1. Resources from the Good Book Company, available for order from reformers.org.au
- ‘Beginning with God at Christmas’ for 3-5 year olds. Questions, stickers, activities and prayers that accompany eight stories about Jesus from The Beginner’s Bible or other infant Bibles.
- XTB:Christmas Unpacked for 7-10 year olds. Three weeks of bible readings from Luke’s gospel with full colour illustrations, puzzles and questions.
- Advent Calendar Packs by Alison Mitchell (3 packs available). For 3-10 year olds. Twenty five windows reveal a colour illustration of the events of the first Christmas, a verse and a hidden letter which spell a message about Jesus. This pack contains a 32 page booklet with a short family Bible time for each day during Advent.
2. Free resources from Christian blogs.
Wendy Lin has created two helpful series of advent readings for the month of December for 5-12 year olds. Each day contains a short bible reading, questions, a prayer and an activity. Wendy encourages children to draw a picture to go with each story to make up a wall collection. A great talking point as your visitors come and go over the month. Access these readings from Wendy’s website under the Resource heading. Readings are about The Birth of Jesus or Genesis to Jesus.
3. ‘The Jesus Storybook Bible’ for 5-11 year olds.
This is a great alternative to advent readings. It contains 21 stories from the Old Testament that paint a backdrop to Jesus’ birth presented in 3 episodes. Read a story each night of December until Christmas.
4. Create your own ‘Jesse Tree’ (3+ years).
This tradition involves hanging an ornament on a bare twig each day of December, reading a bible passage that points to the coming of Jesus and asking a few questions. The book ‘Disciplines of a Godly Family’ by Kent and Barbara Hughes contains readings for older children.