‘Happy Birthday Jesus’ Party
We hosted a party last week. It was so much fun. I am not sure if it was my kids or I who was most excited? As a mom, I struggle in knowing how to wrap my arms around the fact that Christmas is about Jesus coming in flesh as a baby but we all get the gifts? How do I impart the mystery of Christmas to my little ones? And let me tell you I love gifts. I love Christmas, I love all the cozy, warm feelings that go along with every thing around this glorious event. But yet I wrestle, I want my kids to get it. That Christmas is so much more then the gifts we get or that it’s not about Santa Claus or being ‘naughty or nice’ contrary to what my neighbors are discussing with my boys?
So my husband and I have talked for several years about doing a party for Jesus. Some year we hope to do it with dad’s joining us but this year it was a day party with mom’s and lots of little kids.
We invited about 16+ kids and told them to bring $$ for an animal project that we would pick out from a Gospel for Asia or World Vision Christmas catalog. They had fun looking thru the catalogs!
My boys were so into this party. I don’t think they nearly understood everything but then again maybe they got more then I think. Cj was racing around taping little Snoopy pictures to the front door and Camden was blowing up every balloon he could put his little mouth on. We were partying! And it’s in that Spirit that Christ breathes wind into our souls, if we let HIM!We had a simple line up. When they arrived we were going to go to the card making station and they were supposed to make a birthday card for Jesus and tell him what they want to give HIM or do for HIM this Christmas. The cards were varied and touching! Such sweet creativity! For the wee ones we had a little baby Jesus paper that they could paste real straw on the manager.