Friday, December 4, 2009

What God Wants for Christmas and the Jesus Storybook Bible

Have you heard of What God Wants for Christmas? This is an excellent way to celebrate advent for families! This will be our second year to go through it after receiving it for Christmas a few years ago. The set comes with a book with seven stories corresponding with seven boxes to open and a nativity scene. Children open each box to find the characters of the Christmas story. Each rhyming story builds the child's anticipation for what God really wants for Christmas, which is "in" the last box. The last box holds a mirror for the child to see him/herself. This concept might have to be explained to younger children (my children always say, "Nothing!" when they open the seventh box), but the message is good and giving oneself to God whole-heartedly is a message we all need to hear at Christmas and all year!
The "God wants you" message is Biblical and needs to be heard, but it would be good for me to follow up with a review of The Jesus Storybook Bible because it is totally focused on Him. The subtitle is "Every story whispers His name." It is another great way to celebrate advent (but don't stop there, of course!). This well-written children's Bible focuses on how the whole Bible is really about Jesus, and each OT story ends with a summary of just how that particular Biblical event looks toward the coming of Jesus. Check out the website for videos of each of the stories--you can watch one free there every week!
These are two "Finer Things" so this is linked with Finer Things Friday.


  1. Sounds really neat! Thanks for posting!

    Hope to see you December 14-18 for the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash! We'll have events all week, including a recipe linky on Thursday, Dec. 17. And we'll have prizes too! Check out my blog for more details!

  2. That "What God Wants for Christmas" is going on my wish list!