Monday, December 20, 2010

Bethlehem Dinner–A family Favorite

Friday night (Christmas Eve) our family will enjoy our third Bethlehem Dinner.  A friend of mine shared this post 3 yrs ago that started our desire to enjoy this wonderful idea with our children. 
Here are some photos from our dinner two years ago and you can read this post to see exactly what we do:

I would love to hear how you celebrate the birth and life of our Savior.   Will you have a birthday cake for Him?  Do your children read His story in the gospels to your family?   What makes Christmas special in your home? 

Our children do not believe in Santa Claus.  They know this holiday is about the birth of their Savior and King – Jesus Christ our Lord – the gift of His life for theirs. 

From our family to yours Merry Christmas!  Thank you all for sharing 2010 with us.  Wishing you all a very blessed 2011!  Praying God continues to shine upon your families and give you great peace, comfort and joy as you trust and obey Him as the parents entrusted with the raising of His children.
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  1. I love your tradition! What a wonderful way to remind your children of the true meaning of christmas, and gain an appreciation for family too.

    You mentioned baking a cake for Jesus - my mother used to do that on Christmas Eve. Well, cupcakes anyway, but they got the message across. And we kids certainly never complained. :)


  2. I love that tradition!

    After church, on Christmas Eve, we all get into Pajamas and make hot cocoa and go around to try and find the best/ugliest Christmas lights. Then we make cookies for Saint Nicolas, not really Santa, (our tradition is to talk about who St. Nick - was and how he was persecuted for his love for Christ, and how he did everything he could just so he could GIVE... even sneak into houses). Then we sit together near our empty manger and read the Christmas story. We use our nativity to 'act it out' and we get SUPER excited to look for baby Jesus in the morning.

    Then Matt and I have a ball getting the house ready for the kids. This year, under our tree, we will have Samaritan's purse catalogs and World Vision catalogs. After we have Bday cake for Jesus, we are going to give him presents.... by buying gifts that will "feed his sheep." I am super excited to start this tradition this year!

    an early merry Christmas!!!

  3. Awesome tradition to begin Darlene - I love it!!!!

    Can't wait to hear how much the boys love it!!!

    Merry Christmas!

  4. I love this, Jill!! Wow, reading things like this really helps me see that when I make time to get on and read my favorite blogs...that it's not just selfish time for's actually really encouraging and helps keep me focused and constantly gives me new ideas to share the Lord with my children and family.

    We usually make a "happy birthday Jesus" something! Usually a dessert, but this year we made a banner and hung it up. Come to think of it, I'm not sure that we took a picture of it!

    By the way, I did end up ordering God's Great Covenant and we have chosen to do it as a family, since Ty isn't home schooled. We just started, but I can totally see how our family needs this time together and how the Lord will use this time together for good.

    Miss you!


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