One thing I really want to do with my kids is celebrate the Advent season. Beyond just a countdown with the chocolate, because we’ve been doing that since Simon’s first Christmas at 5 months old. A friend recommended the Jesse Tree for advent. Simon is a little young, but he likes the stories and this might also work as a good transition back to bedtime stories instead of bedtime TV in January.
But this month we have been reading stories about the lineage of Christ, and Simon’s understanding is…interesting.
On creation and the fall of man:
Me: Simon, what is sin?
Simon: Sin is a spirit (I think he means Satan) that took all the apples and put everyone in time out.
On Noah (promise/rainbow) and Jacob (ladder):
Me: Simon, what is God’s promise?
Simon: When he climbed the ladder and saw God.
On Jesse and David:
Simon: And David’s daddy told him to the giant. And he took a rock and threw it like this and the giant fell down.
And every story /question session ends with: And now can I have the treat chocolate?
We are getting there.
If you are interested. this is the book we are using: The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults to Prepare for the Coming of the Christ Child at Christmas Next year I hope to make ornaments to go along with the symbols. *affiliate link.