Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania with our family. For a fun adventure, we took our kids to the Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. They love the magnificent Christmas lights and especially the rides. Walking into the park we approached a nativity. Our son–who is now four–stared at the characters.
“Dad,” he said, “Look. It’s the magi.”
“You’re right buddy,” I chuckled.
As we walked away to find the more exciting rides, my mom leaned toward me, “Josh,” she said, “he’s four. He knows the magi?”
“Well,” I said, “I literally just read him the Christmas story last night before bed. So yeah, I guess he knows the magi now.”
Of all the characters to point out–baby Jesus, the angels, Mary, Joseph–he chose the magi.
Kids love a good story. And there’s no greater story we tell on earth than the hope of Christmas. Which got me thinking, “How can I teach my kids about Christmas in a way they will understand and enjoy it?”
Enter the Characters of the Christmas Story
Not only do I want our kids to learn about Christmas, I want to learn too. Even more, I want both of us to apply what we learn so we can live out the Christmas message in our family.
Therefore, beginning tomorrow, December 1, we launch: 25 Characters of the Christmas Story: An Advent Experience for Families.
Each day between now and Christmas Day, we will release a new character that’s relevant to the Christmas story. In addition, each character boasts a character trait and life lesson taught from their role in the Christmas story.
Released in chronological order as they enter the story, each day the experience includes:
- The Character
- Character Trait
- Life Lesson
- Bible Verse
- Morning Prayer for our Kids
- A Brief Character Synopsis
- An Activity for Parents and Kids
- A Bedtime Question
Especially relevant is that the series can be tailored to any age. Even more, you can apply as little or as much as you have time for.
We will do them before bedtime, but you can do them at dinner or first thing in the morning.
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