Let every heart prepare HIM room. A phrase that is definitely on my mind this year. A phrase that I want to go from just being something I think about to something I live out. But I struggle every year as the busyness of the season rushes in. I want to quiet my heart. I want to slow down. But instead I tend to fill up my calendar and procrastinate on the things that need to be done and the busyness often overwhelms me. I prepare room for parties and programs and Christmas shopping and Christmas baking and all the fun which is involved in Christmas. And those things are all good. But where I struggle is that I prepare room for all those things and don’t leave any room for Jesus. And you know what? When I am not preparing Him room in my own heart it means my kids aren’t either. I want my kids to know that Christmas is about celebrating Jesus. How we do that in our home will probably look different than how you do it in your home. The important thing is that we are preparing room in our hearts for Jesus this Christmas season…and always. And that we are walking alongside our kids so they learn to do the same.
A friend and I each made a felt nativity together last year. Levi liked it last year but he is really getting into it this year. Everyday there are verses to read with a keyword that tells you what piece to add to the nativity scene. Levi was getting really stressed out each day that it wasn’t time for baby Jesus. Soon! Maybe he got a little taste of what it was like to wait for the Savior!
This year I also bought the Truth in the Tinsel ebook. We are not following it exactly. We have actually only made a few ornaments so far (the blue crown on the tree is one that we made)…I’m hoping the next two weeks we will have time to make a few more. We are making our ornaments to go along with the felt nativity and what we are reading that day. It is fun to have a little craft project to do though! I think Levi will like this even more next year when he is a little older.
Our collection of Christmas books is growing. Last year I asked you to recommend your favorite Christmas books that help teach the Christmas story. You had so many good ideas! I am going to compile the list and post it for you later this week. I’ll tell you which ones are our favorite too!
We also have a Little People Nativity for the boys to play with. They both love it. Griffin has mastered putting the angel on top and he claps for himself every time. Levi has been carrying the little people all over the house. Last night he was changing baby Jesus’ diaper and making them all pancakes. They are well taken care of!
I usually end up doing most of this stuff during the day because for us it gets to be too stressful in the evenings with Joel’s unpredictable work schedule and other commitments. It would be more ideal to do this all together as a family but this just works better for us. Did you see the free advent chain printable to go along with the Jesus storybook Bible (our favorite Bible!) that Heather made? So great! We made one for Levi and Joel to do together before bed. That way they can do something special together too!
I know these pictures might make it look like we perfectly prepare our hearts for Christmas. We don’t. I fail all the time. Some days I forget to make time. Some days our house is full of sick or whiny kids and it is hard to get anything done, let alone advent activities. Some days the projects are a bust or my kids won’t listen to me. And most days Levi is in his jammies not a cute Christmas sweater.But it is my job to train up my kids and make Jesus known to them and help them prepare their hearts for Christmas. And really we should be making room for Jesus everyday. Definitely something I am praying about as far as what that should look like in my home as the new year is right around the corner!
How are you helping your family make room for Jesus? I would love to hear…you will probably give me some new ideas too!