30 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Teaching Our Kids About Christmas

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9

When it comes to kids ministries and stuff like that, Rachel and I have always believed pretty strongly that it is our job as parents to be the primary teachers of our children.
In other words, it is not the job of your church to be the one’s teaching your child about Jesus.
It is not the job of daycare or public schools to teach your kids right from wrong.
Sure, the church needs to come alongside you in supporting you as you disciple your kids.
But if the only time they are learning about Jesus and the narrative of scripture is Sunday School, it aint really gonna take.

I say all that to set up an opportunity to brag about my wife.

This past month, she set up an advent calendar with a special activity every day to prepare us for Christmas.
More importantly, it was a way to start teaching Caleb and Micah at our house what Christmas is really all about.
Every Sunday we lit an advent candle and had a Bible story sharing the events of Christ’s incarnation.
She did everything with them from making gifts for our Compassion sponsored kid, learning about St. Nick, and having a birthday party for Jesus to dancing to Christmas music, enjoying local holiday events, and making fun crafts.

Go to this post at her blog to see the calendar of events, and then continue through the month of posts to hear about each one.

It was an awesome month.
At 3 years old I can already see Caleb starting to “get it.”
And my wife is the raddest mom in America!

And I had a blast getting to play the part of Whiskers the puppet during our family devotionals!

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