We're all trying to give our children a better understanding of Christmas, right? Last year I feel like I floundered through December - not sure what the say about Santa, how much emphasis to put on pretty Christmas lights, and how to really explain why it IS such a big deal that a little baby boy was born in a manger 2000 years ago. I know there are a million different opinions about what you should or should not do when celebrating Christmas, and I've heard of a few ways people try to give Jesus more of a central spot in the festivities (throw Jesus a birthday party, for example) - but none of these have really grabbed my attention. They still seem so small in comparison to the overwhelming secular influences surrounding Christmas. What I really wanted was something that would permeate the whole Christmas season with the scent of Christ.
Enter: More Than a Holiday by Scott and Sarah Nichols. What an AMAZING resource. It is truly impressive how much work has gone into this book. It was no surprise when I found out that Scott has a Master's of Divinity - it is obvious that a lot of research went into the historical and theological explanations throughout the e-book. Now don't panic - we're not expecting you to work through a master's thesis with your kids!
Each day includes "A Closer Look" reading, designed to give parents a greater understanding of the background and also valuable for older children looking to dig deeper into the subject.
In addition, each day in More Than a Holiday includes a Bible Reading, a short Devotional, some "Let's Talk" questions and Family Time Activities. The 25 days are divided into four sections:
- Is the Christmas Story Real?
- The Characters of the Christmas Story (all the usual cast of characters along with John the Baptist, the angel Gabriel and even Herod)
- The Elements of the Christmas Story
- Why is the Christmas Story Important to Us?
Linked to Fellowship Friday and Faith-Filled Friday!