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The world today makes it a little hard to keep Christ in Christmas. People running all over town buying gifts for everyone. Kids asking for the whole toy store. And while I thrive in the hustle and bustle of the season, I really want to try and slow down this year and keep the focus on what really matters. Family and Christ.
There is something so special about Christmas. The lights, parties, pajamas, holiday books, hot chocolate, snowmen, cookies for Santa, and wrapping presents. But more than anything I want Christmas to be meaningful. I want my kids to understand why we have Christmas and I want them to focus on giving and Christs life. My kids won’t learn this on television or on the internet, so it’s my responsibility to teach them and show them.
I found a great company, called DaySpring, that sells Christian themed products and I fell in love with this amazing little Shepherd. It’s called Shepherd on the Search and he comes with his own book.
The story of the Shepherd is told in this beautifully illustrated children’s book. His story starts thousands of years ago when the angels visited the shepherds and brought them good news. The shepherds set off on a journey to search for the baby Jesus. This amazing set helps you bring this story to life with your one Shepherd. His journey begins every Christmas season and ends on Christmas Day when he finally finds his way to the manger.
The fun starts when you hid your Shepherd every night. When the kids wake up in the morning they set off on a search for him. This is a special tradition for the family. I love using the Shepherd to retell the story of the birth of Christ to help my family focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
Beginning November 27th (the Sunday after Thanksgiving), DaySpring will provide fun, daily adventures for families to do with their shepherd. These activities vary from printable recipe cards for crafts, baking activities, games and more! You can sign up at shepherdonthesearch.com.
Shepherd on the Search is available at shepherdonthesearch.com and select Hallmark Gold Crown stores and select Christian bookstores.
You can learn more watching this video.
One of the fun activities on the list of things to do with the Shepherd is to throw a Birthday Party for Jesus. I thought it would be fun to sing “Happy Birthday”, have cupcakes and candles, and make a cute tablescape on Christmas Day. Today I’m sharing with you my free printables and how I put the tablescape together. I like to keep things simple, especially on Christmas Day, so you’ll love this!
For this fun little project all you need are some cupcakes . . . (don’t forget the candle)
My free printable Cupcake Toppers . . .
And my Happy Birthday Jesus Banner . . .
You can download yours by clicking on the image to open it in a new window. Then right click on it and choose “Save Image As” and save it to your computer. You can then print and cut them out by hand, or use your Cricut machine to do the work for you.
Here they are . . .
I would love to get all the birthday supplies ready and hide them with the Shepherd on Christmas Eve. That way when the kids wake up on Christmas Morning they can open all the gifts, eat breakfast then search for the Shepherd. Then the kids can have fun decorating the house and making cupcakes for Jesus’ Birthday.
Or you can have the cupcakes and decorations all ready for when the kids wake up. Like in the pictures below.
In addition to this adorable little Shepherd, DaySpring sells a collection of amazing Christmas Decorations and Gifts for everyone with a focus on Christ. Just look at the amazing things I got from their website.
I love these kitchen gifts for my neighbors.
And this cute little mug and bowl are perfect for a teacher gift. Just fill them with candy and you’re all set.
And these signs are perfect for my walls to keep the focus on Christ in every room.
Be sure to check out DaySpring.com for more information on these amazing gifts and the cutest Shepherd on the Search.
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions to do with your kids to keep Christ in Christmas?