My daughter was just a few weeks away from being 2 years old when I picked up a little Advent book from the clearance section at a Christian bookstore. There were flaps in the back to open each day of December. There were pictures of baby Jesus, some little devotions and snippets of Scripture.
The first day my little girl was giddy about opening the flap, reading the book and doing the devotion — which included making a little ornament. It was nothing fancy, I assure you. Probably a piece of construction paper and some stickers.
The next day, even though the book didn’t mention anything about an ornament, my daughter insisted we make another! So, each day, we’d read the book and make an ornament based on what we had read. Pretty soon we abandoned the book, pulled out the Bible and started making ornaments based on the real Christmas Story.
For the next two or three years, we did the same thing — read the Bible story, made an ornament and talked about what was happening in the passage. Did the sheep hear the angels? Was Mary excited about having a new baby? Where did the wise men live?
In these small moments, my daughter was meditating on and internalizing God’s Word. She got the details of the story planted down in her heart — and God has promised that this living Word will grow in her life!
So, a few years later, I put our little adventures into an ebook called Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands. Thousands of families all over the world have bought this book and used it to lead their kids to the best present of all, Jesus.
It’s a simple little book. Each day you’ll read a passage of Scripture, make an ornament to go along with the Scripture and then follow the “talk about it together” section to discuss more about the story. There’s even a “do more together” section with suggestions to extend the activities and lesson.
The book is designed to empower parents to lead their kids to Jesus. There are printables, easy instructions, supply lists and even alternate schedules for those crazy busy holiday days. But it’s not just another thing to add to your full celebration of elves on shelves and parties and wrapping and shopping. This is an experience.
Truth in the Tinsel is a way to lead your kids to Jesus, to introduce them to the baby who was born for death and resurrection. It’s a tool to help children and families make Jesus the center and focus of the sparkly, magical, bright and shiny Christmas season. I’d love for you to join us as we experience Jesus together this year!
By: Amanda White, OhAmanda
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