It’s that time of year again. I can hardly believe the amount of snow that is pouring down as I stare out the window. Especially since not four days ago, we were walking outside without coats in 65 degree weather. Oh boy.
With the coming of the snow, of course, comes the many thoughts of Christmas. All the things that need to be done and also the ever plaguing question:
How can I keep Christmas centered on Christ?
Back in 2011, I heard about an amazing resource by Amanda White called Truth in the Tinsel. Parts of this post are from my original review in 2011, but it’s such an amazing resource, I wanted to share it again with those of you who might not have heard about it yet! You can also check out my adaptations for especially little hands over on the Truth in Tinsel blog.
Won’t Break the Bank!
As I opened up Truth in Tinsel, I was so impressed with all the cute and easy ideas. I especially love that most people will already have most of the supplies on hand already. Even if you had to go out and buy things, the cost for making everything in this book would probably be under $10 and you would have some truly wonderful memories.
Up for a Challenge?
We’re really into crafting right now. I’m always browsing around on Pinterest trying to gather up ideas. With Amanda’s book, I now have 24 simple crafts that all tie into the Christmas story and I couldn’t be more excited about it! She also issued a challenge to “give” December to your kids by participating in the crafts and Scripture every day. I’ll take the challenge!
Good for Kidmin Too!
Another great way to use this book is in your Children’s Ministry during the down time of the Christmas play practice. If you’re in kidmin, you probably know this problem all too well. What do you do with the kids who aren’t actively practicing? Or with guests for that matter? You want something that’s going to be engaging, but isn’t going to suck up too much man-power, or require a ton of set-up or clean-up. Truth in the Tinsel is a perfect solution! Kids will be engaging in the Christmas story, but will also be readily available to practice when their part comes up. Fabulous.
My Favorite Parts
Okay, want to hear my favorite parts about the book? I’ll tell you a few, but I don’t want to give it all away! Of course, I love the fact that each craft has a corresponding Scripture passage or story. I also love the “do more together” feature. This is perfect if you’ve a few extra minutes one day and want to make a really good memory with your kids. I also love that the crafts are designed for the younger set, and there are parts of each ornament that even a toddler can participate in.
Some of my favorite crafts?
- Mary and Elizabeth who have pop-dots for their pregnant bellies!
- The city of Bethlehem made out of an egg carton.
- The temple made out of an old Christmas card
- The scented ornament made out of homemade dough.