I put up my Christmas tree today, and the Thanksgiving police are at my door as I admit it. But that’s ok because I think it should be Christmas all.year.round. Don’t worry, I haven’t looked over Thanksgiving, I just want to celebrate Christmas a little longer. So along with my Christmas tree, I’ve also started all the Christmas decor. Which means I’ve already got all 4 of my nativity sets up, and the kids are just as excited this year about our Star from Afar as they were last year.
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To be honest, My Mr. isn’t too fond of the whole Christmas tree idea. A few years ago we decided that whether we put up a tree or not, we would begin a tradition of placing our presents under one of our nativity sets. Reminding our children that it isn’t all about the lights, Christmas trees, or presents but that we give gifts to symbolize the wise men giving gifts at Jesus’s birth.
I get flak about this all the time, but we don’t do the whole Santa Clause thing. *gasp* We don’t teach our kids that a fat, jolly, man comes sneaking into our house handing our presents. Because I mean, kids aren’t supposed to take stuff from strangers.
Ok, I’ll be serious, we choose instead to try to instill as much Christ in Christmas as we can. (If you do Santa, that’s great for you, we just choose not to.) Which is why I love Star from Afar so much. Games, Christmas, Jesus- and these are a few of my favorite things. So if you’re anything like us, then you’ll love this Christian alternative to Elf on the Shelf.
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Star from Afar comes with the cutest little wooden nativity set, which is genius because kids can’t break it, and a storybook that tells about Jesus’s birth. So here’s how it works,
“The Christmas Star From Afar” encourages children to go on a hunt for their Star, similar to that of the Wise Men. Everyday the Star is hidden and the children participate in a fun hide-and-seek game to locate it. Once they have found their Star they move all Three Wise Men to its location. On Christmas morning the Three Wise Men reach their final destination when the Star is found at the stable with the newborn baby Jesus. The activity book includes a wooden Star, a full wooden nativity scene that matches the artwork of the book, and optional scripture to use throughout the month.
This is our second year having Star from Afar, so when Natalie contacted me this year saying that there were new items, I was so excited! She extended the stable animals selection and also introduced scripture cards, which I love! There’s a ton of them, so options on how to use them are endless. I’ve thought about using them as gift tags or tracks, or even adding them to our new Star from Afar tradition!
What traditions do you have to keep your kids eyes on Christ during the crazy Christmas holidays?