First, we started the 24 days of Christmas on the 1st of December. It's basically just a song and a Christ centered activity every night that leads up to Christmas. The first night Jim and I both got a little teary and it was only a little 5 minute video clip along with the song "Away in a Manger". Anyway, you can join in the 24 days of Christmas anytime, here's the link.
Second, I want all of our December FHE's to be about Christ's birth. Yesterday's FHE was SO MUCH FUN!! Jim and I had just as much fun as the boys did. I got the basic idea from Pinterest and kind of made the rest my own. After prayer and a song (Away in the Manger again- it's my and Jackson's favorite) we read the story of Christmas from the book The First Christmas by Carol Heyer. It has great pictures and tells the story a little bit easier than the actual scriptures. Then, we had a scavenger hunt to find all the pieces to their manger scene. Ahead of time I put together some clues and hid the pieces. If you'd like, I'll send you a copy of my clues, just leave me a message with your email address.
The top clue in the picture is of Mary on our bookshelf- here's Mary hiding.
And Jackson wanted me to add a picture of the 3 wise men hiding in the window. They kept trying to escape to follow random stars... ;)
After the Nativity scavenger hunt, the boys put together their own manger scenes on paper. It was just a nativity scene that taught shapes and cutting. You can find the activity here.
I tried to get a good picture of the boys with their nativity pictures and their Little People nativity set, but once again, these are the faces we got from them. I don't know why they just won't smile for me. Oh well, at least you can tell their happy and had a good time...
This is Austin's best Popeye face-
Another idea I had this year was to do a fun Christmas activity every weekend as a family leading up to the big day. This weekend we made Christmas trees with ice cream cones, green icing, and M&Ms. Unfortunately, the icing melted and our M&Ms all fell down, but it was fun!
Jackson was concentrating on his Christmas tree masterpiece.
Austin actually decorated a tree all by himself.
But mostly, he just ate M&Ms.
It was a lot of fun! Here's our melty trees (from left to right: Austin's, my tree, Daddy's, and Jackson's)
I think we're also going to make all kinds of ornaments, become our own nativity scene, and create a Nuffer family Polar Express experience. I hope the boys enjoy!