Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Faith Builder

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 Christmas was?
What do think God would want the Grinch to know about Christmas?
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!

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