December always flies by. It's definitely the busiest time of year around here. Besides our regular activities, there's all the Christmas extras that fill the calendar -- from band concerts to holiday hockey tournaments to Christmas parties. Some days it can be tough to squeeze it all in.
And it's really easy to lose sight of what we're celebrating. With all the focus on gifts and parties, we can often find ourselves focusing on our to-do lists rather than enjoying the celebration of Jesus' birth. When that happens, our whole family can lose sight of what's important at Christmas.
Often, kids become focused on all the gifts they are about to receive and forget about the gift that came on that night so long ago in the form of a baby. Keeping our kids' attention on Jesus instead of on all the trappings of the holiday is difficult. What's better than getting presents, right?
Helping our kids understand the wonder and joy found in celebrating Jesus' birth is a challenge every year. Fighting the secular trappings of the season gets more and more difficult. Finding Jesus in the midst of the tinsel and the shopping can be tough.
Family devotions, nativity scenes, and daily discussions about Jesus can help, but it often seems like if we don't have some structure, those things can get lost in the busyness of the day. That's why I'm so excited to share with you a new resource for the Christmas season. If you have younger elementary-aged children, My Christmas Wish is a must-have this Christmas season.
My Christmas Wish: A Devotional Prayer Journal for Kids is a great tool for keeping your kids' hearts focused on Jesus this holiday season. Its simple structure -- each day follows the simple WISH format: write, investigate, share, hear -- makes it a perfect addition to any child's day. Each day includes a question for them to answer, something to dig deeper into, a way to serve others, and a scripture to listen to you read. It's the perfect length and set-up for any child that can write. It's designed for children ages 4-12, but it could be modified for older kids. I also think you could do it together as a family devotional.
This 15-day journey leads your child through five topics: obedience, love, joy, charity, and peace. Each day they learn a little bit about one of these topics and how they relate to Jesus' birth. It's a refreshing change of pace for kids who already know the story of Jesus' birth, forcing them to think a little harder about what Christmas means for them. My Christmas Wish is usually $7.99, but it's on sale today for $2.99. You can check it out here.
I'm so excited to be giving away a copy of My Christmas Wish today. To enter, simply leave a comment on today's blog or hop on over to the Everyday Truth Facebook page and leave a comment there.
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