We’re living it up at the Rumley house now that the celebration of Jesus’ birthday is ON! We have a little advent calendar (thank you, Joann Fabric after-Christmas clearance from last year), and we have the Jesus Storybook Bible.
Each day, we’re taking in an advent reading from the plan posted here. See? Here’s Luke reading to the kids one evening.
We highly recommend this Bible for children. Not only are the illustrations beautiful and more ethnically accurate (Jesus was NOT an Anglo-Saxon, folks), but the content is great, too. It presents Scriptural events in the light of Jesus’ coming. Notice the subtitle? “Every story whispers His name.”
Along with the reading, we’re also doing a small-to-medium activity from our advent calendar. Sometimes they have something to do with Jesus, but mostly they’re just fun, get-excited kind of activities.
Here’s what we’ve done so far…
Day 1: Make peppermint milkshakes for dessert.
YUM to the O, and super easy. And a bonus – the kids always love crushing things with my meat mallet.
Day 2: Visit the dollar store to shop for your siblings for Christmas.
Don’t worry, Melissa, Karl, Alonna, Dan, Em, Erin, Tobin, Betsey, Micah, Zach, or Elyse. This one was just for our kiddos. Your gifts are not from the dollar store.
I also didn’t take a picture of the event, but rest assured that our kiddos love visiting the dollar store, and they were so sweet to fund the event from their own “spending” jars.
Day 3: Turn the Christmas music UP and have a dance party!
Did it. Took pictures. Not allowed to post the pictures.
Day 4: Watch Elf and eat popcorn!
Also did it, without pictures. We <3 Elf, and yet I was so tired that I slept through the first half of it. Oops!
Day 5: Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens to see the Christmas trees!
We are very fortunate to have a membership to Frederik Meijer Gardens. We enjoy the children’s garden in the spring/summer/fall, the Christmas trees in winter, and the butterfly exhibit in the spring.
We partook of the Christmas tree exhibit tonight, and each person in our family chose their “favorite tree” to take a picture with. Here we go…
That’s all for now. Day Six is coming…
And the ultimate purpose of all of these things is to ANTICIPATE THE COMING of our LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST! We are SO ASTOUNDED at His incarnation!