The trip to the city (Day 10) was a definite winner - a fun day! It was also a chance to look at the displays and talk about the Christmas story.
Putting "baby Jesus" in the manger was popular with Mr Sociable. He liked giving "Jesus" the crown and has been dropping gold-coloured decorations into the manger as gifts from the wise men!
|Jesus in the Manger (Days 3 & 4)|
|Opening the "Jesus Storybook Bible" (Day 1)|
|Little People Nativity (Day 6)|
|Testing out the shepherd's costume, with a bonus trumpet!|
|Note: the shepherd on the roof, angel lying on the ground, |
donkey out in the field (rather than the stable)
The paper-plate angels were a bit of a fizzer. Mr Sociable is often not a big fan of paper-craft - but I was hoping he would be lured by the glitter and decorations. Sadly, he didn't get past the colouring part & was keen for the activity to be over. Mr Fun actually did do some colouring (with help). The angels are hanging on the tree, but I don't think they will be ones to cherish from year to year!
|Cut-out plate, ready to decorate (Day 2)|
|Mr Sociable's orange angel; Mr Fun's coloured angel|
We ended up abandoning the Lightening McQueen calendar, as it distracted from the "main event". Every day, Mr Sociable just wanted to eat chocolate rather than participate in the activity or do the readings.
|Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate...|
I think we are losing the flow of the story, breaking it up into little bites. I think that for the remainder of advent, I will include longer passages of the Bible, rather than one or two verses at a time. So, we will read either a section of the bible or one of the Christmas books each day.
The week ahead
This week is Mr Sociable's 4th birthday and his preschool Christmas concert. So, I have planned pretty low-stress activities (with the possible exception of the pasta/PVA glue/paper-plate wreaths). I'm looking forward to videoing the concert tomorrow and sharing it with Franky tomorrow night!