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What’s The Real Deal About the Nativity Set?

22 Dec

Day 22: 25 Days of Christmas Ideas

Watch Retooning Christmas to learn the truth behind the nativity scene. It’s a fun cartoon based video packed with meaning. All members of the family will love it. And it might just open up a ton of dialogue around that nativity scene in the corner of your room.


Make These Fun Christmas Story Snacks

12 Dec

Day 11 and 12: 25 Days of Christmas Ideas

Yesterday was one of THOSE days in ministry. So how about two different snack ideas to do with the kids? We did both of these to complement Dirty Jobs Bethlehem, our Christmas curriculum.

Graham Cracker Manger


Supplies: frosting, graham crackers, pretzels, Cheerios

Form a manger using graham crackers and frosting. Put a mixture of pretzels (hay) and Cheerios (oats) inside the manger.

When we did this snack/craft, we found the kids experimenting with different ways to make the manger. They also made people out of the pretzels and crackers.

Shepherds in The Fields At Night


Supplies: Graham crackers, frosting, white chocolate chips, M & M’s

Optional: Buy or make white frosting. Drop green food coloring into the frosting to make a green field.

Spread a layer of frosting on the graham cracker. Place the white chips on the frosting to represent sheep. Place the M & M’s on the frosting to represent the shepherds watching the sheep.

Encouraging Generosity: Straw Filled Manger

8 Dec

Day 8: 25 Days of Christmas Ideas

 straw in a manger

This activity is fun to do with kids to help them learn to be generous with their time in helping others. It also teaches them the joy of secretly giving to others.

Supplies: straw (raffia or yellow paper cut in strips), box

Place a piece of “straw” inside a box each time a family member “gives” to someone. (acts of kindness = giving)

It is important that they keep the act of kindness a secret! Have fun on the days leading up to Jesus quietly serving each other with a generous and giving heart.

Try to fill the manger with straw before Christmas so “baby Jesus” will have a soft place for his bed. Place a baby doll or other figure (depending on the size of the box) in the manger on Christmas morning.

straw box 2