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Countdown to Christmas with Truth in the Tinsel

I’m guilty of procrastinating of making a final decision of what I would like to do with my girls for a Christmas countdown this year.  It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about it, because I have, it’s just that I haven’t been able to make up my mind about what it is I want to do.  There are soo many fantastic ideas floating around.  I went to Pinterest and was flooded with various Advent calendar ideas.  It was a little overwhelming.

Truth in The Tinsel cover

Well, I think I’ve found the perfect solution to my problem, in “Truth in the Tinsel” by Amanda White. The Truth in the Tinsel is an advent experience for little hands. The author wrote the book with her 3 and 5 year old in mind but you can do this with any age. Each day it walks you through a passage from the Bible and a craft to go along with it.  She’s done all of the work for you. You don’t  have to think of crafts to do on your own or anything.  There are step by step instructions for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas. She’s even put a complete supply list in the front of the book so you can get all of the supplies together.  That’s not it, she took it a step further and made a guide of the supplies needed for each day.  This is a great feature to use if you know you are going to be out-of-town and won’t be able to do that particular craft because you can simply ignore those supplies on your list.

This year she added a set of printable ornaments to go along with the lessons.  I’m thinking of using these this year and letting my daughters color the ornaments. I have a 4-year-old and a 17 month old.  I think coloring is the way to go for my youngest this year.  She loves to draw and use any kind of writing instrument so I know she’ll love getting to color every day. These printable ornaments could also be used in addition to or instead of some of the crafts when you don’t have the supplies, or the day has been hectic and you don’t’ want to drag out all of the supplies. It might even be a way to still do your advent lesson when you are gone on a trip for a few days.

We’re starting our advent calendar tomorrow and I can’t wait.  I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and maybe do a weekly update.  How are you celebrating Advent or the countdown to Christmas with your family this year?


4 Responses to “Countdown to Christmas with Truth in the Tinsel”

  1. Oooh, this sounds fabulous!! I am definitely going to check this out! I didn’t get an advent put together this year either, and this book sounds like a fantastic alternative. I love how it incorporates scriptures every day!

    • Cari says:

      I’m sure your kids will love it! It’s not too late to order it either. Amanda has even put together a few alternate schedules for people that start late or don’t want to commit to doing a craft every day. The fact that she has printable ornaments this year makes it perfect for those of us that have waited until the last minute because we don’t have to worry about gathering all of the craft supplies.

  2. I think this is a terrific idea for the kids! Mine are all older now, but we used to spend the holiday time reading special books nightly that taught the true meaning of Christmas. We also baked a lot–something that has been going on for generations in my family. They are old, traditional recipes. I loved being able to share that experience with my own children!

  3. Cari says:

    I’m slipping in a few extra activities as treats for us to do. I’ll be posting a picture of the advent calendar I made with how I plan to include the family activities soon. A few activities I plan to add are baking cookies, making a gingerbread house, and watching a Christmas movie.

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