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Sadly Christmas has become such a commercial game today. The birth of Christ has been shoved to the corner and ‘Gimme More Gifts’ takes the spotlight.
As parents, Hubs and I try to find ways to keep our celebrations centered on the real Reason behind the season and to bring some sanity to gift giving, we follow the 4 Gift Christmas Rule.
We try to challenge the children to find ways to share God’s Love with those around us, by spreading the Christmas message through our acts of service and love.
The Christmas gift your child will never forget
This year to bring an added element of anticipation and excitement, we will begin a new family tradition with the Shepherd on the Search.
Shepherd on the Search is a such a wonderful addition to DaySpring’s line of inspirational gifts.
It encourages children to think back to the time when the shepherds heard of the Messiah’s birth, from the angels, and went on the hunt to find baby Jesus. With the sweet little Shepherd included in the gift pack, the kids get to walk their own little journey, right after Thanksgiving till Jesus’ birthday, as they hunt for where’s he’s hidden in the house each day.
To make this family tradition meaningful, encourage your family to do something each day, to celebrate God’s Love, with little notecard prompts left by your Shepherd.
To make things a little easier on you, here’s a set of 30 printable Shepherd on the Search notecards that you can use and a template of blank notecards to allow you to write out your own Act Of Love prompts for each day.
Each notecard reminds
kids your family to keep Christ in the center of all your Christmas celebrations and really celebrate the days leading up to His Birth in a more meaningful and unforgettable way.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving (on November 27th), DaySpring will also have more fun Advent activities for your family to do together while looking for your Shepherd or after. (Don’t forget to sign up on the website to get the activities emailed to you for free.)
Activities include baking using recipe cards provided, doing crafts or helping young children point out the animals while reading the book.
Another fun activity you can do with younger kids is this super cute craft I did with Baby Girl.
Easy Sheep Craft for Kids
Wiggly eyes (2 per sheep)
Clothes pegs (2 per sheep)
A pair of scissors.
1. Cut out the shapes using this sheep template.
2. Have your child color both sides of the clothes pegs using the black crayon.
3. Glue the ears to the sheep’s head and then glue the head to the middle of the sheep’s body. (Make sure you help your child apply glue only to the middle of the sheep’s head so as to allow the ears and head to lie above the cotton balls when stuck in the next step.)
4. Stick the cotton balls around the sheep’s head.
Excited to begin this new, annual Christmas tradition with your family?
You can buy your Shepherd on the Search kit online from shepherdonthesearch.com or from a Lifeway Christian store, Family Christian store, select Hallmark Gold Crown stores and other select Christian bookstores.
Don’t forget to come back and share what your kids choose to name the Shepherd (my kids are still deciding if ours is Matthew or David.) and let me know if you can think of other Acts of Love that could be added to our list.