Where is Baby Jesus?

Holiday Blog HopOne fun Christmas tradition my husband has initiated is the hiding of baby Jesus. Yup, you read that right.

When we decorate our house, the night before Thanksgiving, we put everything out except baby Jesus. When the kids wake up the next morning, they look around at all the beautiful household decorations and notice that the nativity is not quite complete.

Every morning, especially for our littlest ones, we encourage the kids to run into the fireplace room and look to see if Baby Jesus has been born.

For the littlest ones, this helps them to identify when Christmas is actually here. For the rest of us, it reminds us of what the season is truly all about. It isn’t about the presents, the treats, or the activities; it is about the birth of a baby King. It is about the best gift we could ever receive… Jesus.

The nativity scene is the center of Christmas festivities. Yes, we have a tree, a decorated mantle, and lights galore, but the nativity scene is where the heart of our home truly lies. This where our day begins and where our Christmas hosting is centered.

Nativity Scene

A similar tradition to hiding baby Jesus involves the three magi. Instead of placing the magi in the manger scene, consider placing them on the other end of the room. As the days grow closer to Christmas, move your magi as well. (While, in truth, the magi were not actually present for Jesus’ birth and would not have been at the stable, this is another fun way to capture our children’s focus and point them in the right direction.) We are anticipating the arrival of the King, not presents. The magi arrive at the manger scene on Christmas day to help celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.

For a fun alternative to a ‘real’ nativity scene, consider making one! In lieu of wood and hay, consider using graham crackers, frosting, shredded coconut, and marshmallows! (Yes, I know. This sounds like a sugar comma waiting to happen, but lots of fun I assure you!) Imagine making a gingerbread house, but instead you are building a manger scene. Construct your stable out of graham cracker and use frosting for the ‘glue’. Using shredded coconut, add a few drops of yellow coloring, and make some ‘hay’ for the stable. Take a few large marshmallows, a baby marshmallow, and food pens; make Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus. Before you know it, your nativity scene will be finished!

On Christmas morning we run out to find baby Jesus in His manger and we read the Christmas story. Only after we have truly remembered what Christmas is about, do we take down our stockings and see what blessings have been given.

This yearly tradition is a family favorite in our house! No matter how you choose to display your nativity scene, make it the focal point of your Christmas.

New Holiday Traditions – A Holiday Blog Hop Post

Holiday Blog HopI don’t know about you, but traditions are important to me; especially those born out of love, fond memories, and lots of fun.

Today, Moogielight will be posting some fun, new holiday traditions which might peek your interest. Make sure to take a moment to stop on over and discover some new ways to enjoy the Christmas season.

Merry Christmas!

You Can’t Catch Me, I’m the Gingerbread Man

Holiday Blog HopBack again with another, fun installment of Holiday Blog Hop!

One of my fondest childhood memories of the holidays was visiting “Santa’s Village” up in the mountains of Crestline, California. It was a very small ‘theme park’, open for the holidays. We used to ride the attractions and stop in for a holiday treat… gingerbread! Unfortunately, the park is no longer open. (Awwwww!) However, for a holiday treat, why not make our own? (Gingerbread, that is. I am NOT building a theme park. Too much time and not enough money.)

Today, Lil Footprints shares with us a tasty recipe for gingerbread! It seems I have all the ingredients. Anyone care to join us in giving this a taste test?

A Waldorf Inspired Christmas Activity

Holiday Blog HopLooking for a neat Christmas activity to incorporate into your home this year?

Stop over at Waldorf (Inspired) Moms and be inspired by an awesome craft! It is breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly colorful. With helpful, step-by-step instructions, you won’t want to pass up an opportunity like this!

I know I’ll be heading over there, right now….

My Favorite Seasonal Book!

Holiday Blog HopGenerally speaking, I don’t have a favorite anything. There is no one food, book, movie, place, or thing which I highly esteem. When it comes to Christmas time, I’m afraid this is also true. There are just too many good things about this season, I can’t be limited in picking only one!

This year, however, I have noticed my children are favoring one Christmas story in particular. The Christmas Story: A Play Felt Story has been capturing their attention all week. I think they enjoy being able to not only read the story, but actively participate in the telling. With each turn of the page, there are new characters to add and more things to do.

The Christmas Story

Just the other day, they read through the book four times! My son wanted to read through it ‘normal’ and then ‘fun’. ‘Fun’ meaning with silly voices and singing (read operatic howling) for the angels. He was laughing so hard, I didn’t think he’d be able to continue reading.

While I am sure there are a great many incredible Christmas stories out there, this one has proven to be the most entertaining and enjoyable for our children. It will be around for years to come.

Looking for more great Christmas reads? Hop on over to some of these other lovely blogger’s and see which books they recommend.

You Know What Mama?
Waldorf Inspired Learning
Pie Jesu
Sure as the World
Waldorf Salad & Cottage Fries
Moogie Light

Saint Nicholas Day

Holiday Blog HopReady for another ‘Holiday Blog Hop’ post? Today finds us heading over to Pie Jesu to learn all about Saint Nicholas Day.

If you’re anything like me, I could use all the help I can get in this area. I don’t think we’ve ever celebrated Saint Nicholas Day, so we’ll be heading over asap to glean some awesome ideas and tips on making the most out of this festive occasion.

Enjoy!