You might be like me.
You might be a little late wrapping your head around Christmas this year. You might be like me and have all the intentions in the world to create a meaningful, non-worldly celebration of Christ’s birthday this year, but for one reason or another you’re still trying to figure out the daily tasks like getting dinner made. You might be like me and enjoy all things creative and get overwhelmed by all your brilliant ideas and procrastinate picking one or two and now it’s December 11th.
Last week I wrote about our daily advent of unwrapping christmas books. After a few days I realized that book time had become much more exciting then reading the Word.
Here’s an idea that we started just a few days ago. Luke has 24 chapters, perfect for Advent(if it were December 1st), so a few days ago I handed out some blank books that I picked up a while back and a special set of sketching pencils. I told the kids that I was going to read a chapter from Luke and they could draw pictures from the story as I read. At the end of the month, I told them, you’ll have your own book of the Christmas story. Each morning since we’ve started, when I’ve announced it’s Bible time, there have been shouts of “Yeaaa”!
Mookie, age 9
Jellybean, age 7
Drummer Boy, age 4 1/2
To make this idea work for you:
- Luke tells the story beyond the birth of Jesus. You might look at the other gospels and pick one that tells the early Christmas events in more detail. Pick 12 chapters to finish off the days until Christmas.
- This activity will be more exciting if you give your children some specials supplies they only use for this activity. If you don’t have blank books, make one with construction paper, blank printer paper, and staples or yarn. Consider a new pack of crayons, pencils, markers, or sketch pencil.
- If you’re doing this with younger children, allow them freedom of imagination. In our Drummer Boy’s Christmas Story, there are pirates and a computer. But he is listening to the story and gaining confidence in his drawing skills.
- Stop once or twice during your reading and ask a child to narrate back what’s happened so far.
- My kids drew large, two page pictures and then realized a few days later that their pages would be used up before we read all of the chapters. You might let your children now how many days they’ll be drawing so they can divide up their book.
Let me know if you give it a try at your house.