Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Christmas Tree Cones

My mom gave me an incredible present the year that I was pregnant with Sam called "The Adventure of Christmas" by Lisa Whelchel. It is a book that has ways to teach children about Jesus through all of the Christmas traditions. I started doing this last year with Sam and brought Jacob into it this year. My sister-in-law has been doing the crafts from this book for several years with Caleb as well! We joined together to make our Christmas tree cones and tell the kids about the first Christmas trees.

All you need is some sugar cones, green frosting and some M&Ms for the craft...

While the kids are putting the frosting on the cone, you can talk about why there are Christmas trees. Lisa has a very detailed story, but for now, I condense it for the attention span of my four year old. We talk about how the tree is a reminder of why Jesus came for us...to die for us. 1 Peter 2:24 "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness."

It is a very fun treat for the kids to eat when they are finished and a sweet way to start the Christmas season!

1 comment:

Anders Branderud said...

Hello! You write about foregiveness and I want to comment on that.

(le-havdil) How to live in order to enable the Creator in His loving kindness to provide His foregivness is outlined in Tan’’kh ( the Jewish Bible) ; and was also taught by the first century Ribi Yehoshua from Nazareth (the Mashiakh; the Messiah) (His teachings are found here: Netzarim.)

Tan’’kh – for example Yekhëzqeil (Hezekiel) 18 – promises foregivness to those who do their sincerest to keep the mitzwot (commandments) in Torah. The Creator cannot lie and He does not change (Malakhi 3:6)!

According to Tehilim (“Psalms”) 103 the Creator gives His foregivness to those who do their sincerest to keep His berit (“covenant”; the pre-conditions to be included in the berit is according to the Jewish Bible to do ones sincerest to keep Torah). No human can keep Torah perfectly. There is a provision.

Ribi Yehoshua ha-Mashiakh lived and kept Torah with the sincerest of his heart, died innocently and became a sacrifice. Because of that the Creator can give His foregiveness for the short comings (in keeping Torah) to everyone doing his/her sincerest to keep His instructions found in Torah, and to everyone turning away from their Torah-breaches to instead starting to do their sincerest to keep the instructions in Torah.

All the best, Anders Branderud