It's that time of year where the hustle and bustle can easily take over the true meaning of Christmas. It happens to all of us, but how can we be intentional and keep Christ the focus?
When our daughter was younger, there wasn't an "Elf on the Shelf" alternative. Now hear me out, I am not against having an Elf on the Shelf and I do believe you can still keep Christ the focus even by using them. For us, though, we wanted to do something a little different. So, we started thinking of ways we could tweak the concept and fill her mind and heart with Scripture and challenge her to do things for others. That's when we decided to have the Wisemen come visit our home during Christmas.
We have a child's nativity set that we put out every year, and the Wisemen travel through our house looking for baby Jesus. They leave "acts of kindness" to do for that day and Scripture to go with it along the way. Our Wisemen typically come to visit on December 1 and stay through Christmas Day. Both of our children, ages nine and three, love this tradition and anxiously await where the Wisemen will be.
“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” - Matthew 2:2
As our daughter has gotten older, it has given us the chance to really dig into Scripture and have great discussion on things such as: Were there really only three Wisemen? Did they really find Jesus in the manger? We love these teachable moments to help her grow in her knowledge of God's Word.
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Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!