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The Reason for the Season…

Hi friends! With Christmas fast approaching, I wanted to take a moment and share with you a new favorite in our household this year! Like many of you, our goal each year is to keep our children focused on Jesus, and the true reason we celebrate the day. That can be tough when the world around us is screaming.. “Gifts, Candy, Toys, Trees, Decorations… more more more!!!”

This year, we were introduced to The Story of Christmas: Spark Story Bible Adventures..

It’s a movie about the first Christmas and the meaning of God’s most precious gift to the world.

Our kids instantly fell in love with Squiggly, the silly little caterpillar who we follow along with as he learns about the story of Jesus. I really love the way his goofiness keeps my younger kids interested, even my own squirmy Noah….and gives the big girls a few laughs too πŸ™‚

The story is told is such a thorough way, but kept my kids interest the whole time! #winning πŸ™‚

I’ll admit, even CR and I got Chills when they told of Jesus, Immanuel, meaning God with us. Just like that, our Savior was born, and now God is with us. Such a powerful message for us all…young and old.

What I loved most was how the story told many small details that are normally left out, such as Mary going to see Elizabeth, and how soon she would give birth to a baby too. He would become John the Baptist… and how the wise men encounter Kind Harrod on their way to see Jesus, and how he was afraid this new Kind would take his place. These things are great to start discussing with our older girls, and open up lots of dialog.

Our whole family enjoyed this movie and I am so happy to share that Sparkhouse has agreed to do a fun giveaway here on our blog!!!!

WHAT YOU WIN:

The Story of Christmas DVD,

The Story of Christmas picture book,

and The First Christmas activity book.

HOW TO ENTER:

Easy peasy! Just leave me a comment and tell me how your family keeps the focus on Jesus each year at Christmas! I always love to get ideas from other mamas, and I’d love for us all to learn from each other πŸ™‚

The winner will be chosen on Monday at 12pm est, and then Sparkhouse will get your package mailed out ASAP, so you should have all your goodies before Christmas!

I hope each and every one of you have a very Merry Christmas! From our little nest, to yours!

Blessings,

Angela

FTC: Thank you so much to Sparkhouse for sponsoring this post and providing the prizes to the winner.

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19 Comments

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    Jennifer Hughes
    December 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    We’ve been doing OhAmanda’s Truth in the Tinsel Advent crafts and it has been great!

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    Kelly Sanders
    December 17, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    We try to find a new way of giving each Christmas. Keeping some focus on others to start. This year we’re going to hand out cookies to neighbors. Plus reading the Christmas Story the night before Christmas

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    Michelle Bird
    December 17, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    My babies are still super little so I they don’t understand what everything is about anyway, but we try to focus on the real meaning of Christmas by giving back. Donating toys, new and old, and by sharing goodies with friends. We are still working on what traditions we want to have so this would be a wonderful thing to add to the list and it would help keep the focus on Jesus where it needs to be.

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    Elizabeth N.
    December 17, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    We have a couple of advents focused on Jesus. One goes through the story of his birth (12 days long) and the other talks about a variety of things (30 days long) like the qualities of Christ and gives activity ideas. Right now with super young kids it’s hard to do but I plan on trying each year. We have a play nativity for them and plenty of books that talk about the true meaning of Christmas. We have pictures of Christ in multiple locations throughout the house year round and never block them with Christmas decorations. Finally, we really try to talk about it when the opportunity arises, especially as we are doing a service for others. I love the present giving part of Christmas but I never want to to rule over the more important parts of Christmas.

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    Quin
    December 17, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    We always watch the Little Drummer Boy every Christmas. Tears everytime we watch it. A great reminder why we celebrate Christmas.

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    Alanah
    December 17, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    We make a point to put up the Nativity scene up as a family every year and talk about what it represents. Christmas hymns are played with regular carols in our house and Christmas Eve mass is our favourite Christmas tradition. It is so lovely to see the community come together in the name of God.

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    Melissa Fulk
    December 18, 2016 at 12:17 am

    We are doing Advent to Sally Lloyd Jones’ “Jesus Storybook Bible” by reading a story a day and counting down to Jesus’ birth. We read story books about the Nativity throughout December and watch the The Nativity Story every Christmas Eve along with attending our church’s candlelight service. Our decorations are mainly religious based as well ( nativity scene, etc…) plus we cant forget those Christmas Carols πŸ™‚

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    Shelbi
    December 18, 2016 at 12:28 am

    My little one is still small, but we focus on reading the story of Christmas and giving to others throughout the season. As she gets older it will make more and more sense to her of course. We also enjoy singing some of our favorite Christmas carols like joy to the world and come let us adore him.

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    Joanna
    December 18, 2016 at 1:00 am

    We keep it simple and read from Luke during our devotions every night.

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    Krystin Aw
    December 18, 2016 at 1:45 am

    We just had a baby Daughter who will be turning one this month end. How do we focus on Jesus?
    Well, we begin our morning with reading a bible story and ends our night with prayers.

    Other than that, our little family aim to glorify God in all things we do (our actions, thoughts etc)

    I hope to do more as our little Faith grows.

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    Marsha Revianti
    December 18, 2016 at 7:51 am

    My children never believe in Santa. I told them the truth. Every year I just tell them that they get present because Jesus loves them so much and bless us as the parents so we can buy gifts for them. Also because Jesus been good to us we also have to share the Joy of Christmast by giving present to other. Jesus show us His love by being born, coming to earth to save us and we show or love to God by also love others. So they prepare gifts for family and the needs. Present they make them self.

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    Jada Black
    December 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Throughout the month of December we ( 10 year old and 3 year old) give out goofy bags that we made up of toiletries and simple snacks to the homeless as we see them at stop lights, outside the stores.. we also picked a few days here and there to have some Starbuck gift cards on hand and we randomly ( well not randomly , we let Holy Spirit) point out people and usually my 10 year old will give it to them and say we just want to wish you a merry Christmas. It always always starts conversations and another opportunity where I can emphasize Jesus and what a difference His birth has made for us.. and that we should always strive to love on others and post them to our Savior.. ❀️

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    Deborah
    December 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    We try to do kind acts for others during the holiday season. It’s our birthday present to Jesus.

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    Jenny
    December 18, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I love spark house! I help out at our church’s Sunday school program & we use the sparkhouse story bible & curriculum in our Sunday school classes & the kids love it I did not know they had a special Christmas story how cool!! Out Christmas traditions are we sing carols with our homeschool group at the local nursing home, kids do their Christmas play/concert at church, we fill little mugs or flower pots with Hershey kisses & candy canes & little notes & give them to neighbors & friends or anyone who we think could use a little cheer πŸ™‚ we fill two shoe boxes for operation Christmas child & choose a child From the Salvation Army angel tree & buy them their Christmas presents from their wish list & bedtime reading each night in December is from “unwrapping the greatest gift” by Ann voskamp- it’s a Jessie tree read about Jesus’s family tree along with “Christmas bedtime stories” book.

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    Karalyn
    December 19, 2016 at 1:24 am

    We enjoy reading children’s books about the Christmas story, and when our kids are a bit older, adding daily scripture throughout the month leading up to his birth.

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    Amanda
    December 19, 2016 at 6:11 am

    We unwrap the advent book gifts every night. All books, but 1, center around jesus and his birth/life. My son is 3 and he could recite the whole birth to anyone who asked. <3

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    Kaitlin L
    December 19, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I have a 2 year old and a 6 month old. In addition to reading a board book about the story of Christmas, we threw Jesus a birthday party. I’m excited to add more traditions as my kids get older!

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    Nicole C.
    December 19, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    My son is only 2.5 and one day on a walk we saw a gorgeous, hand made Nativity scene on a neighbor’s front lawn. Since then, my son asks to go back and sing away in a manager and talk about “the little Lord Jesus” and his birthday. I feel like it is touching him on an age appropriate level.

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    Amy
    December 19, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    This looks lovely. I enjoy learning about your family traditions. This year we started using the She Reads Truth / Kids Read Truth advent cards. They are so pretty and share the wonderful message of Jesus. Merry Christmas to your precious family!

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