Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Nativity - A Christmas Tradition

Usually, when I post on this site it is something new that I have tried, but I wanted to share something a little sentimental.  Ever since I was a little girl, we have re-enacted the nativity on Christmas Eve.  Now that I am older it is a delight to watch my children act out the nativity.

This Christmas Eve we performed the nativity at my parents' house.  I thought I'd share our nativity with you.


Here's my little shepherd.  I especially liked Bud's towel hat.

Two gorgeous angels.  I wrapped them in sheer curtains and added some garland for sparkle.  My girls love sparkle.

Here's my attempt at some fancy hair.  I don't do hair like this often, so I had to snap a picture.

The shepherds were sore afraid (especially of the sick little angel who had to wear a mask all night).

The shepherds went to see the baby Jesus.  The angels sang.  My new little nephew was an adorable baby Jesus.

The wise men brought gifts for the baby.

Re-enacting the nativity will never get old.  I love celebrating my Savior's birth each Christmas!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

7 Days 'Till Easter

Each year at Easter time I like to do something Christ-centered to help remind my kids what Easter is truly about.  This year The Friend magazine gave me the answer I was looking for.  I have been using the following activity each night since Sunday for our family scripture study.

In the April 2014 issue of the magazine it came with this cute chart (you can print it out HERE).  It tells you to cut out the pictures of Jesus that are on the sides.  Each day during the week of Easter you are supposed to read the scripture, sing the song/do the activity, and match the corresponding picture.  I printed out a copy of my own, cut out the pictures and laminated everything.

I then stuck the picture of Jesus into an egg and numbered it so that it would be opened on the correct day.  

Every night I assign one child to grab the correct egg and open it.  We talk about the picture of Jesus.  Then, we read the scripture and do the activity.  Each egg has enough jelly beans for us to have one little treat.

Before they head to bed, I ask another child to help me tape the daily picture onto the correct spot.  My kids are loving learning about Jesus and singing the songs.

The week isn't over.  Print out your own and join us in this fun little activity.  Your kids will love it!

Happy Easter!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

General Conference Fruit Loop Necklace Topics

General Conference is finally here!  After Conference it seems that everyone is a little kinder - a little more loving.

I like to do many different activities with my kids to keep them engaged in watching conference.  (Here are 30 General Conference Ideas that you can use.)  One that has been a tradition since I was a little girl is making Fruit Loop necklaces.  Here's a little tutorial if you need one.  We would make them before Conference started, then we would munch on them while we watched.  This year I thought I'd add an extra incentive to listen by associating a topic with each color.

I made the little Fruit Loop handout for my kids (above). I am so excited to see if it helps them listen.  (I will keep you posted.)

Feel free to save and use the printable tomorrow.  I hope you all enjoy conference, that your questions are answered, and that we can come closer to the Savior, Jesus Christ.

What are your favorite conference activities?  Comment below.  Share your links.  I'd love to check them out!

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jesus is the Light of the World - FHE Lesson

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."  - John 8:12

In this month's issue of The Friend magazine there was a great advent calendar about The Light of Christ at Christmas.  I especially liked the idea of turning off all of the lights in the house and going room to room singing Christmas songs and turning on the lights (Dec. 14 on the calendar).  I decided to do it for a family home evening (FHE) lesson.

We started our lesson upstairs in the girls' room.  I turned off all of the lights.  First, I asked the girls how it makes them feel when it's dark.  They gave answers like: scared, afraid, and alone.

I turned on 5 tea light candles.  I gave a candle to each of my children.  Then, I asked them how it feels when it is light.  Princess said it made her feel happy and safe.

We read John 8:12 and talked about how Jesus is the light of the world.  I explained that when we choose to follow Jesus is makes us feel warm and happy, but when we don't choose the right we feel dark and yucky inside.

After our discussion, we sang different Christmas songs from the hymn book to help us keep Jesus in our minds and hearts.  Here are the songs we sang (but there are so many other wonderful songs you could choose from): Away in a Manger, Silent Night, and Stars Were Gleaming (Children's Songbook).  We worked our way down to the living room.

I turned on the Christmas tree and we watched and listened to David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing Joy to the World.

At the end of the lesson I let the kids keep their candles and told them whenever they looked at the candles to remember Jesus and that we must follow Him if we want to return to Heavenly Father.  It was a very memorable, enjoyable, and meaningful family home evening lesson.

Enjoy listening to this wonderful rendition of Joy to the World!  (It's one of my favorites.)

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Waiting for Jesus FHE Lesson

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  The ground is covered with snow, Christmas music plays throughout my house, lights sparkle all around, and there is a constant smile on each of my kids' faces.

As you know, it is hard to keep the true meaning of Christmas in the minds of children when there is so much fun to be had.  I wanted to give my children a sense of anticipation not just for Santa, but for remembering the Savior, Jesus Christ.

For our first Family Home Evening of the month we read the story "Waiting for Jesus" from The Friend magazine.  In the story, the little girl cannot find the baby Jesus for her family's nativity.  Mom explains that baby Jesus will not be put into the manger until Christmas day.  This is to remind them that many people waited for Jesus and that we are waiting still for his return.

After reading the story, I asked my children to walk over to our nativity display.  They noticed baby Jesus was missing.  I explained that we will put him in the manger on Christmas day just like the family in the story.

As we count down the days to Christmas my kids frequently remind me that we are also going to put Jesus into his manger that day.  They are extremely excited for baby Jesus to arrive.

What have you been doing with your family to remember Jesus this season?

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