In the midst of all the presents and santa visits and light viewing and parties and Elf watching, we really try to make sure that Elijah and Emaline are learning the true meaning behind Christmas. We want them to know that it’s just not about receiving a new Rescuebot or a baby doll, but Christmas is really about receiving the gift of a baby boy.
I spent so much time making an Advent calendar with tiny little gifts for each day, and Eli just says his rehearsed “waiting for Jesus” response in order to get that days gift. Then, this morning, Emaline opened 4 other days’ bags, so into the coat closet my super pinterest-y advent calendar went.
Aside from reading the Christmas Story from our favorite Bible for toddlers, we have a couple other fun ways that we teach our toddlers about the meaning of Christmas.
Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story. This new book from Sally Lloyd -Jones, the author of the Jesus Storybook Bible, perfectly expresses the excitement that we should have leading up to Christmas, the birth of the long awaited savior. Zondervan so kindly sent us a copy to share with our tiny humans.
We love Song of the Stars, because of the anticipation from every animal and even the blades of grass, the entire universe is ready for the birth of Jesus, the Rescuer.
And the arrival of Jesus at the end makes Emaline so happy.
Emaline’s favorite part of the Christmas story is baby Jesus. It’s actually her favorite bible story. We read it every other night (and the nights we don’t read it, we’re reading David and Goliath). So I really appreciate how this Christmas story, Song of our Stars, stretches out the coming of Jesus and when it finally happens at the end, it is full of joy and excitement.
We have the board book version, which is perfect for little miss Emaline, my page tearer.
It’s the perfect book to give as a gift to your favorite tiny humans, or to add to your bedtime story collection for the Christmas season. (And if you have tiny humans, and you don’t own the Jesus Storybook Bible, I highly, highly recommend getting it.)
Nativity family finger puppets. If you’re lucky enough to be unfamiliar with “the finger family song,” then don’t search for it on YouTube. Definitely don’t if you have a toddler within earshot. Emaline is obsessed with it and we sing it several times a day. So when I came across the etsy shop, My Endless Creations, I knew the puppets would be perfect for her.
We first used them during a bed time story, my husband hid at the end of our bed and did a little finger puppet show. The kids could only last a couple minutes before they wanted to get in on the show. It was adorable.
Elijah also likes to put his David puppet, from the David & Goliath set that Morgan, from My Endless Creations, sent him, in the Christmas Story. I corrected him once or twice and then gave up because he really thinks David should be their for the birth of Jesus. And, RJ says it’s totally okay for him to do that, because “Jesus is the Son of David.”
Emaline prefers to be the angel or baby Jesus, but she settles for making the donkey an angel.
Elijah, who is almost 4, can get the finger puppets on all by himself. Emaline, who is 22 months can do one or two on her own. Each puppet is so well made, and super adorable. They fit on tiny human fingers and adult human fingers.
We used the finger puppets to get the kids involved in the reading of Song of the Stars, Emaline was anxious for baby Jesus’ arrival, so she wanted him to appear a few pages early, but Elijah was very into waiting until the correct page for his puppets to arrive.
He likes the angel one best.
This giveaway has ended, and the winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone for entering! Merry Christmas!
I’d love it if you’d tell me your favorite ways to teach your toddlers about the real meaning of Christmas in the comments!
I was provided Song of the Stars by Zondervan and the finger puppets by My Endless Creations, in exchange for a blog post and review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I would never share or recommend a product to you that I didn’t absolutely love.