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3 Things to Do before Christmas 
It’s about one week until Christmas.  Are you filled with peace and thanksgiving, or are you worried that, yet again, the real meaning of the holiday has been lost in the buy this, do this, go here shuffle?  You still have time to bask in the true light of Christmas.  Just choose one, or all, of the things below to experience and share the real meaning of the holiday.

For Your Kids!  Sharing Christmas Joy with Others: Light ‘Em Up

The Real Meaning of Christmas: Christmas Story Cards

Christmas TALK Conversation Starters

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Tis A Joy to See Kids GIVE! 

Has your family started Light Em Up yet? 

It has been great seeing families really get into Light ‘Em Up this year! I have been watching Lil Light O’Mine and iMOM Facebook pages, Instagram, and Twitter so I don’t miss a single light up!

Do you still need some inspiration? Here are some pictures from all across the United States.

Ranch pretzels for the postman from Amy’s family in California

Sophia and Cate anxiously await to Light Up the garbage men- Orlando, FL

Sophia and Cate with very happy garbage men!

The Balzer family taped candy canes on grocery buggies! Great idea!!!

Delivering hot chocolate to the school crossing guard on a rainy morning~ from Samantha in California

These Chick-fil-a ladies were very surprised! From Madison in Tampa

Keep up the great work! Don’t forget to upload your images on Facebook and tag @iMOM or hashtag #lightemup12 on Twitter and Instagram so I can see how your family is lighting up your community.

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The Story of Christmas

If you asked your child where they should go to find the true meaning of Christmas would they answer, “The mall”?  Gift-giving was a noble part of the Christmas story, but there was a lot more to it.  The Story of Christmas tool will help you take your children on a journey to the heart of Christmas . The story has 7 parts and takes place in 7 locations.  There are lots of ways you can use the story.  We have listed some, but encourage you creative moms to list your ideas in the comments below.

Ideas for using The Story of Christmas…

1. Use your own manger scene figures with the story, or cut out the figures we have provided.

2. Stage each part of the story in a different part of the house.  For example, the angel may have appeared to Mary in the kitchen.  Today’s version of the manger could be the garage.  The shepherds would be outside in the yard.  King Herod would be in your best room.

3. Read one part of the story every night for a week before Christmas, or load up the camel (that would be dad) and give the kids a ride from place to place all in one night.

4. Give each of the children a story figure to hold and allow them to act out the story as you read it.

5. If your children can read well allow them to narrate the story.

6. Incorporate household props to make it fun.  For example,  a dishtowel with a shoe lace tied around a child’s head makes a great shepherd hat.  Crowns can be cut out from this template for the kings.  A pastel sheet wrapped around a child and tied with a rope makes a great Mary dress.  Wrap you angel with a white sheet and put a little garland on her head.

7. The Magi were the gift givers from which we get the gift giving tradition of Christmas.  An effective way to limit gifts and point children back to the real meaning of gifts at Christmas is to tell your children they will get 3 gifts just as Jesus received 3 gifts.  If your children believe in Santa you can throw in a fourth gift from him or have Santa fill the stockings.

8. End your story with a birthday celebration – A Baby Jesus Birthday Party.  We recommend red velvet cake as a festive tradition your children will beg for.  This is our favorite Red Velvet Cake recipe.


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