For little children, the days following Christmas are usually as much a part of Christmas as were the days preceding this joyous Christian festival.
As the year reaches its final days, take time to look back over these past months to sort out the special moments- those highlights of happy times and accomplishments for your little one. Set aside a time to look at the baby book or journal, noting the milestones of this past year. And take a few moments to thank God specifically for each of these milestones!
As the mother of Jesus watched the miraculous events surrounding the birth of her baby, she realized the importance of storing up memories that would often return to her throughout her lifetime. In one of the most appealing moments of motherhood in Scripture, Luke 2:19 relates, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (NIV).
As you move into a new year, remember often this is your child’s most formative period of his or her entire life. By the time your little one is around the age of five, his or her basic life pattern of attitudes and responses will probably be established. What a very short time to instill the lifetime patterns that you wish him or her to develop! God has entrusted this tiny life to you to mold-a blessed responsibility!
As you guide and encourage your child’s physical, mental and spiritual growth, you may understand anew and relate your experiences to those of Mary-“But His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.” (Luke 2:51-52, NIV)
Christmas Book Activity
- Cut off the covers of six to eight similarly-sized Christmas cards. Staple them together, forming a book. Cover staples with electrical tape.
- Give the book to your child as his or her special Christmas book. Talk about the story of Jesus’ birth as your child looks at the pictures. Continue as your child shows interest.