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The month of December is coming quickly, and with it comes the busyness of the Christmas season. Whether we want to or not, it’s easy to get swept up in the chaos and forget the real reason behind all the festivities. Especially for children, with classroom holiday parties, gifts from friends and family, and loads of sugary treats coming their way, it’s more important than ever to slow down and be intentional with how we talk to them about the season. It’s more than presents and Christmas lights – it’s the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
This is where the Advent season comes in, and with that, the Shepherd on the Search. Advent is the practice of preparing our hearts for the season to come and remembering the story of Jesus and God’s love for us. It is slowing down, spending time in prayer and gratitude, and truly celebrating the reason for the season. Different people observe Advent in different ways, and we have many resources that can walk you through the concept of Advent, and even give you some new ideas or inspiration on how to practice it in your own home. But if you have small children in your life right now, whether they be your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, godchildren, Sunday school class, or any other relationships you have, the Shepherd on the Search can be an exciting and powerful way to share Christ’s love this season.
The Shepherd on the Search takes you on a journey to find Christ in Christmas. You can begin reading the story of your shepherd’s timeless journey in the beautifully illustrated interactive children’s book that accompanies the shepherd! Let the fun begin every day as you hide your shepherd and the children find him in a new place along the search. The shepherd’s journey begins anew every Christmas season and ends on Christmas day as your shepherd finds his way to the manger. It’s the perfect way to make lasting Christmas memories year after year as the children delight in helping their cuddly shepherd retell the timeless story that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas.
Get creative with your shepherd and incorporate him into the lives of the children you’re sharing him with. You can find 29 days of Shepherd on the Search inspiration at shepherdonthesearch.com. You can also get additional resources like an Advent Devotional, Advent Calendar, a Christmas ornament, and even a little buddy to make the journey along with the shepherd – gift each child with their own Sheep Plush while participate and follow along. The possibilities are endless in how you share the shepherd with your children! All that matters is that they are learning about the true meaning of Christmas while making special memories that will last a lifetime.
For more inspiration, you can visit the Advent section of our Devotional Library. Check out our Shepherd on the Search collection, as well, and be ready for the season to come.
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Therefore encourage one another
and build each other up as you are already doing.
1 Thess 5:11 CSB