Christmas is by far one of my favorite times of year. My boys loved everything about this wonderful holiday, yet it is so easy to lose focus on what Christmas is all about—the birth of Jesus Christ.
A dear friend, Natalie Ard, wondered how she could bring a little more of Jesus to her family’s Christmas season fun. Natalie sought to embrace her children’s excitement and create a new family tradition.
The focus of her quest?
To incorporate a daily reminder of Jesus during the Christmas season.
God blessed her with the idea of the Christmas “Star From Afar.”
This Christmas activity has given Natalie a chance to teach her children that Christmas is not about the presents they receive, finding an elf, writing a letter to Santa, or building snowmen – all fun things.
Follow the Star this Christmas
“The Christmas Star From Afar” encourages children to go on a hunt for their Star like the quest of the Wise Men.
Everyday the Star is hidden and the children participate in a fun hide-and-seek game to locate it. Once they have found their Star they move all Three Wise Men to its location.
On Christmas morning the Three Wise Men reach their final destination when the Star is found at the stable with the newborn baby Jesus.
The activity book includes a wooden Star, a full wooden nativity scene that matches the artwork of the book, and optional scripture to use throughout the month.
It’s very simple and so much fun!
- Set up your nativity
- Hide the Star every night
- Once your children find the Star move all Three Wise Men to its location
- Read the optional scripture
- Repeat each day
- On Christmas Eve place your Star on the top of your nativity stable
- On Christmas morning your Three Wise Men reach the nativity scene to find their King, baby Jesus!
- You can easily combine the “Star From Afar” with other traditions your family participates in such as an Advent Calendar
- Consider placing a little treat or sweet with your Star every day to make this fun game work with your Advent Calendar.
- Or include a hint on the Advent Calendar to guide your children to the Star each day.
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Matthew 2:10
Want to see the game being played so you can envision your children following the Star from Afar? Check this video out!
- The Star From Afar symbolizes not only the guide and hope of the Three Wise Men, but it also represents the Light of the World, Jesus. Natalie loves watching her children look high and low for their Star every morning, hearing their squeals of excitement when the first child has spotted it and knowing they are being reminded daily of Christ’s birth.
I pray that your family will enjoy the “Star From Afar” as much as her children have and that the “Star From Afar” brings a little more Light into your Christmas.
Would you like to share a fun daily reminder of Jesus with your children this Christmas season?
Follow the Star this Christmas
Star From Afar
The activity set includes 10 wooden nativity characters, a 4 piece wooden stable, a wooden Star, and a hardbound copy of “The Christmas Star From Afar” book.
Star From Afar – Darker skin tone How thoughtful?!
The activity set includes 10 wooden nativity characters in a darker skin tone, a 4 piece wooden stable, a wooden Star, and a hard bound copy of “The Christmas Star From Afar” book.
En Español – La Estrella Lejana de Navidad Si! En Espanol
El conjunto de actividades incluye 10 personajes del nacimiento en madera, un establo de madera formado por 4 piezas, una estrella de madera, y un ejemplar de pasta dura de “La Estrella Lejana de Navidad / La Estrella Lejana de Navidad” libro en Español.
Stable Animals (want to add animals to your manger scene?!)
The Star From Afar™ animal set includes 6 wooden stable animals – a camel, 2 goats, a cow, a donkey, and a sheep.
Scripture Cards (want a set of cards for each child?)
The Star From Afar™ card set includes 30 3×5” cards. Each card contains a bible verse (NIV). These cards can be used with the Star From Afar™ game or they can be used as note cards, gift tags, or even lunch box notes!
Consider this – give the kiddos a “Thanksgiving Gift” so you can follow the Star From Afar this December.
Oh by the way – Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace has been nominated in FOUR categories by the Christian Literary Awards. I am humbled and so honored by all your support to help that happen. May I invite you to vote in one – or all four – categories here?
Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.