I do love a good tradition. We have several in our family especially around the holidays, and I’m sure you do as well. I’ve always done some kind of Christmas Countdown or Advent Calendar with my boys. While the Advent activities are the tradition, I like to change up the way we do them or the materials we use. One Advent curriculum I haven’t been able to put down for years now is Truth in the Tinsel. Thankfully, Truth in the Tinsel offers 4 ways to share the Christmas story with your kids.
4 Ways to Share the Christmas Story
When I first went through Truth in the Tinsel, we did every craft and every lesson. My son was not even three! LOL! Hindsight: this may have been overkill! Obviously, this mama was doing all the crafts and musing to myself over the questions at the end of each lesson. Meanwhile, my dear, patient toddler gazed at me wondering who, exactly was this lady assigned to feed, care, and entertain him. (He is still agreeable to nearly any activity I want to embark on! It’s a blessing because I love trying things!).
Anyway. Because I’d just dove into the TinT lessons, I didn’t see till the END that Amanda White has FOUR ways to tell the Christmas story using her curriculum! So in case you’re wondering how to use your Truth in the Tinsel curriculum, I’m going over the benefits of each!
Tell the Christmas Story Basics
Because you can use the Truth in the Tinsel year after year, don’t feel pressure to get through all twenty-four lessons and crafts your first year. If you have small ones. Amanda outlines six Christmas Story Basics lessons: Light, Mary, Joseph, Swaddling Clothes, Shepherds, Gifts.
I wish I’d done this my first year! For young ones, take your time and spread them over several days, like this:
Day 1: Read the Scripture and sing a song.
Day 2: Do the craft. Singing or re-share the verse from the day before.
Day 3: Use your craft to teach the lesson. Little hands will happily play with their small craft while you teach. If the questions are beyond them, just tell what’s on your heart. As they grow they’ll have their own responses to these parts of the Christmas story.
No time or mental resources for crafting during this busy season?Get the Truth in the Tinsel ornaments printable and just have kids color as you read the lesson. Then hang the ornaments day by day! Color an ornament each day and do the six Basics lessons sprinkled throughout the weeks before Christmas!
To expand these six lessons, how about filling your other days with these Picture Books that Go Along with Truth in the Tinsel‘s lessons!?
Read Various Scripture Accounts
I’ve always been impressed how Amanda uses a variety of Scripture passages in her lessons. She visits Isaiah in the Old Testament, as well as the Luke and Matthew accounts. Plus, in the final lesson, she points to the Cross and the real purpose and message of Christmas.
So, one of the ways to share the Christmas story with your kids is to read various Scriptural accounts of Christ’s birth to see the different details! Studying by Books of the Bible gives the option to take all month or consolidate to as few as six days of TinT lessons. If you do several lessons on the same day, just pick your favorite craft from that set to do.
I love this Books of the Bible schedule for teaching a kids’ class (like a homeschool co-op) or a Sunday School class where you have to fill larger chunks of time. (Oh! Did you know Truth in the Tinsel IS available as a Sunday School curriculum? Yes! 4 expanded lessons that use the main concepts of the full ebook lessons!).
Focus on the People of Christ’s Birth
A focus on the characters (real people, actually) of the Christmas story is perfect for preschool and kindergarten. Or for kids who have done the crafts but are unsure of all the people of the story. Ten lessons in Truth in the Tinsel focus on people: Zechariah, Gabriel, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Jesus, Angels, Shepherds, Simeon & Anna, Wise Men.
I love Amanda’s vision that by doing these ten lessons, kids will craft a nativity scene by the end (throw in animal figurines for the rest)! Do this early in December and let them play with their homemade nativity for the rest of the month, telling and retelling the story! Or, if you find it’s mid-December and you’ve not cracked open your TinT curriculum, this is a perfect lead-up to Christmas day!
Share the Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus’ Birth
When you have older kids or kids who’ve done Truth in the Tinsel for several years (like mine!) it’s nice to have a different lens to look through. Amanda’s lessons touch on seven prophecies fulfilled in the story of Jesus’ Birth: Light, Jesus’ Name, Bethlehem, Swaddling Clothes, Temple, Gifts, Cross.
With the focus on fulfilled prophecy, kids (and you!) will see familiar stories and lessons with fresh eyes. We’re using this focus this year with my 8 and 6 year old! I’m excited to dig deeper into the prophecies of Scripture because it’s a new topic for my kids. I can’t wait for the conversations we’re going to have around this different way to share the Christmas story with my kids.
Get your copy of Truth in the Tinsel!
If you feel like you can’t keep up with a full curriculum or you’ve already gotten too far into December to get started, I hope these ways to share the Christmas story with your kids inspire you to open up your Truth in the Tinsel ebook and get going!
New to Truth in the Tinsel? Get a Truth in the Tinsel bundle: ebook, ornament printable, and tree poster for just $19!
And don’t forget you, Mama! This year, Parent Prayers is a new resource for parents to use in your own devotions or quiet time to pray over your kids as you teach them the Truth in the Tinsel lessons! Parent Prayers is available as an ebook or printable and is perfect for adding a little special focus to your personal Bible study this year.
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