Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Teaching Kids the Reason for the Season

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For the last few years we've been celebrating the Advent season with the kids to help focus on the REAL reason of Christmas, and truth be told, it helps keep the adults in the right frame of mind too! There have been various books that we've used together over the years, but this year we borrowed a book from a friend (that has recently been republished) to read to the kids.

Jotham's Journey by Arnold Ytreeide follows a 10 year old boy across Israel as he travels to find his family - ultimately finding the Savior in Bethlehem. There are 2 other books in the series (also in the process of being republished) that can be used in upcoming years and follow the same story line, but with different characters. Our kids are really enjoying the story so far. We're playing "catch-up" since we just got ahold of it, but each day there is a section of the story shared and then an application section for the story. Recommended ages are from 9-12 but our oldest three (4-7) have really been enjoying it too. Kaleb just thinks fire on the candles is pretty. *grins*

Our Advent wreath is fairly simple - I used a basket that we had in our house and added some fake greenery and advent candles in green floral foam. Really, not so much of a wreath as it is an Advent basket, but it works! The lovely thing is, I can use it from year to year without having to put it all together each time. Every night after dinner we try to sit down as a family around the table, light the different candles (we're up to two now) and enjoy the story and celebrate together as a family. And trying to do a little something to help keep Christ in the Christmas season.


  1. I love your Advent basket.

    We have an Advent candelabra, as well as a very inexpensive wreath. The book sounds like something I should check out, too. Thanks for the tip.

    I hope you're having a wonderful Advent.

  2. My family is reading Jotham's Journey too. My three year old sister enjoys listening to it also! Have a wonderful Advent!

  3. We do advent Sundays too. Jotham's Journey sounds good. You are the second person that has mentioned that book!

  4. We also made our own Advent wreath. Hand made is much lovelier (sp?). I'm going to post a picture up soon. I decided to make a Christmas blog this year, come check it out if you need any ideas. I love your blog!


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