Today is Day 2.
This month we are learning about God, Jesus and His family.
The first thing was God. God was. He always was. And then, He created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 66:2, Nehemiah 9:6). God made everything! People, plants, animals, the stars, everything. He is a Creator. A creator is somebody who makes things. Do you like to create things? God LOVES to create things. His favorite thing He ever created was us, people. (Gen 1:26, 1 Peter 1:12). God loves us so so so so much! (John 3:16)
The first part of Jesus’ birth story begins the same way. God made baby Jesus and put Him in his mommy’s tummy. (Luke 1) Jesus is God’s son and God made Jesus for a special reason. (To later die for the sins of all people which we will discuss more as the advent calendar continues). God created the heavens, the earth, and a very special baby who is God’s Holy, perfect son, but He was also a regular baby boy. (Hebrews 2:14-17)
Bible story: creation
Attribute of God: Creator
Part of Jesus’ story: Jesus was created in His mommy’s tummy
Craft: (as a preface, I like to have my kids do as much of the craft as possible, so they will all look very hand-made and unprofessional)
We made our first ornament today. This ornament is two-sided (as they each will be). To make side one, we cut out a circle from blue construction paper and then ripped up pieces of green paper and glued them on to make an earth.
Ours reads: Day 2: God created the heavens and the earth. Gen 1:1, Neh 9:6
For the other side, we cut out a similar-sized circle from pink construction paper and then a pear shaped baby and gave him a face (who unfortunately sort of resembles the Planters peanut guy–oops). And then we put little baby Jesus into the pink tummy.
This side reads: God created a baby in Mary’s tummy. Luke 2
Lastly, we taped a piece of string onto the back of the blue circle, then glued the two circles together to make an “ornament” to tape to our tree.
Thanks for joining us. We’ll have more tomorrow. Love to you all!
2018 update: This year we have four kids, so we are making two ornaments each day. We will hang both, one with the old testament story side out and the other with the nativity story facing out. You can have each child make one front and back, or have all your kids work together on one, or split them like we did. Whatever works for your family…just be sure to leave yourself enough room on your tree to fit all of them!