We had a lot of fun today hosting a birthday party for Jesus! We read the Nativity story (sort of! Reading a story can be a challenge with ages from 18m to 5 - it's really hard for them to sit still for even 15 seconds!) Then we had cupcakes - of course! - sang Happy Birthday to Jesus, and then it was time for my favorite part.
Gifts for Jesus
As is tradition with birthday parties, the guest of honor receives gifts! I took a picture of each kiddo, and then glued them onto a foam heart. Then I punched a hole in the top and added a green twistie thing to turn it into an ornament.
We had a wonderful conversation about what gift Jesus wants most from us. This was really important to me - I had read on another website suggestions for gifts for Jesus - things like making your bed and being nice to your sister. Nothing wrong with those things - but they're not at the core of what Jesus wants. (And, emphasizing that too much is a fast track to religion instead of relationship).
One 5 year old knew right away - "He wants our hearts!" So we wrapped up our hearts in a gift bag for each child to take home and put under their tree. So sweet!
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