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Sarah writes, "I had a thought about a new tradition or activity some could do with their families. I have shared the idea with a few friends and family members and they thought I should share it with you to help anyone else that may not know how to get their families (or younger children) to focus on the real meaning of Christmas. I am starting tomorrow with my 8 and 6 year old but they can do it every day and do a lesson and service on the same night if they wish. I am just 9 months pregnant and need to spread it out for sanity reasons!

We are going to review 12 miracles Jesus performed starting on the 1st and do one every other day. Then in between we will do service for someone so it lasts 24 days and we share the Christmas story on Christmas Eve. Then it isn't all about what we got but what we did.

The one we are doing tomorrow is how Jesus fed thousands with the bread and fishes. I am printing out a few fishes on a paper and 5-7 loaves of bread and as I tell the story they will take scissors and cut it up and see how many pieces they can get with still some left over. Yep, I will have paper scraps all over but to get the point across, it's worth it. I went through and wrote many stories down (Jairus' daughter, blind man, lepers, woman with the blood disease, etc) so I could come up with activities to relate to the stories. Bandannas work great for being blind and how thankful someone would be for the gift of sight (and other talents we have been given), and the lepers for making sure we express gratitude, etc.

I wanted to do the 12 days of Christmas and decided to do the 12 days of Christ instead. Also, there are 12 apostles if you want to lean toward learning about them also. :)

I hope this can help some who may be struggling in their own families and brings back that special feeling of Christmas instead of the material reasons."

Comments (5)
  • Aimee

    We have done the 12 days of Christ every year for the past four years and it makes a world of difference in my family. We always start on the 13th and then have a devotional each night and an activity that goes along with one of the "gifts" that Christ has given us. Some examples are the first principles and ordinances of the gospel - so one night we will do "faith" and read a scripture about faith and then an activity that goes along with it. I usually wrap the items needed for the activity for the children to unwrap - for example with faith you can plant a bulb to force during the winter and go over the scripture in Alma about giving place for the seed of faith. Its a wonderful way to celebrate. This year we are going to do a service progject each night of December as well. Still trying to come up with service projects for little ones, but it will be fantastic!

  • Terressa T.

    I would LOVE to have more specifics...there are times in my life, now being one of them, that my creativity just doesn't work. If you are willing to share more stories/services you did, I would be more than happy to have an outline! What a fabulous idea, this is EXACTLY what my little ones need!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • alisha

    What were the 12 miracles you used and what activity did you do with each? I think I want to do this, this year. Thanks!

  • Kimberly

    I would love to have specifics as well. We are starting the 12 days of Christ tonight with just 1 gift under the tree and each night we will open the gift to have a brief thought on what Christ has given to us. You're ideas would be very helpful!

  • heather

    thanks so much for sharing this idea. it helped me think of some things that would work for our family!!! LOVE it!!!

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