As you prepare to give gifts to your children this
Christmas, may this letter inspire you to give the most important gift of all
this season and always. Christmas
blessings to you and your family.
So many nights I ask the Lord to bless you, to meet your
needs and grant you good health, joy, courage and strength.I ask God to increase your faith and fill
your heart with love for Him. I pray you will be filled with God’s spirit,
shining within yourself and to the world because you know you are loved by God
and others.I want you to know in good
times and in bad, God is by your side, walking with you and even carrying you
when you need to be held.When life
surprises you by turning a different direction than your plan, I pray you can
embrace the new path, eager to see how God will work all things together for
good.I pray you will always be
surrounded by family and friends who share God’s grace and love with you.Of everything I wish for you, my greatest
wish is for to share in a precious relationship with Jesus and that you will
always know how very much you are loved by Him.
Watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” together as a family.
Talk about your favorite parts. Invite your family to respond to the
*Which Peanuts character do you like best and why?
*Which Peanuts character is most like you?
*What does each character think about Christmas?
Read Luke 2:1-20.
*How would you answer the question Linus asks, “Isn’t there
anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”
*How can we do better at making Christmas more about Jesus?
*How can our family share the true meaning of Christmas?
Pray together. Thank God for Jesus and ask God to help you
show His love to others.
Enjoy a fun Christmas treat together!
(Fun fact: In 1965, when this first aired, the producers at
CBS expected it to be a complete disaster.
They didn’t think the use of kids, the jazz music, and the strong
religious message would be attractive to many people. However, 50% of televisions in America were
tuned into that first broadcast and it has been a Christmas classic ever
“The Polar Express” is full of invitations—invitations to
trust the unknown, to ride a magnificent train, to journey into the magical and
mysterious.But overall, the most
significant invitation is to believe in the loving, giving character of
Throughout the movie, invitations are extended repeatedly,
but never forced upon anyone.The boy
and others are free to choose whether or not to accept the invitations.Eventually, the boy accepts what he believes
in his heart to be true.And he accepts
it on faith.
The Bible says, “Faith means being sure of the things we
hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.”Hebrews 11:1Just as the boy chose to believe in Santa, we can choose to believe in
the true meaning of Christmas—the birth of baby Jesus.
As parents, design your Christmas preparations around
helping your children believe in Jesus and grow in their belief.Pray together every day.Read the Bible to them or with them.Be involved in worship. Serve others.Give them opportunities to be creative. Sing
and dance, paint and play.Celebrate
As you continue to foster your child’s faith, listen to
his/her thoughts, ideas and questions, provide opportunities for your child to
experience and journey into the invitation, you will be helping your child
believe and hold on to that belief for the rest of their lives.What better Christmas gift could you give?
Once upon a time, a candy maker created the perfect candy to
symbolize the true meaning of Christmas.The candy maker created the candy cane. The white stripes represent the
sinless nature and purity of Jesus.The
red stripes remind us that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. The shape
forms a “J” for Jesus and also looks like a hook which reminds us that Jesus is
our Shepherd.Isn’t it wonderful to be
reminded of Jesus, the true meaning of Christmas every time we see or eat a
candy cane?This Advent season, share a
few with others and tell them the amazing story of Jesus and His love.
(Fun fact:The candy
was originally used as a “pacifier” to help keep children quiet in church.)
advent season once again as we anticipate the celebration of Jesus’ birth. This advent season we have put together a
resource to help your family celebrate the season at home. Each weekend they will bring home a page of new characters for their
nativity scene. At home you will need to
work together to cut out the characters and assemble following the directions
you are given. Our hope is that the nativity
set will help your children remember the true reason for the season of
Please find the Nativity Family Letter below, this will explain and give further ideas as to how to enjoy this family activity!
If you are following the Advent calendar from KiDS COR, you know
that it’s family movie night with “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!”
Depending on the age of your children, you may choose to
watch the cartoon version or the more recent movie with Jim Carrey as The
Grinch. Prepare a fun Christmas treat, get comfortable in pajamas and under
blankets, turn on the Christmas lights and enjoy the show.
After the movie (or maybe the next day at mealtime or in the
car) discuss some of the themes of the movie.Begin with “lighter” questions such as, “What was your favorite part of
the movie?” or “Which scene was the funniest to you?”
Keeping in mind the ages and stages of your kids, continue a
little deeper by asking one or two of the following:
Why do you think the Grinch hated Christmas?
What would you say if someone asked you where or what
What do think God would want the Grinch to know about
Who was most like Jesus in the movie?Why?
What does it mean when The Grinch says,
“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store.Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Listen carefully to your children’s responses and share your
own.Guide your kids to understand the
true meaning of Christmas.Pray together
and have fun!
Check out the Elementary theme video for Advent 2011. This month we are talking about 4 of the greatest gift we can receive they are Grace, Peace, Joy, and Jesus. Thanks to Jack Anderson for making this great video.
Sometimes a busy family needs a rest!Maybe the day after Thanksgiving is a day for
rest or maybe you are still celebrating.If you are able, set aside one day this weekend for rest and renewal as
a family.(God gave us the gift of
resting one day each week!)Spend some
time playing games, reading, watching a movie and eating a meal together.Maybe you could go on a walk, do a craft
project or cook as a family.Maybe every
family member could take a nap!Rest
doesn’t tend to come naturally for many of us, so this weekend, among your many
blessings, thank God for rest and an opportunity to regroup, reconnect, and
recharge. And then enjoy God’s gift!