Saturday, December 19, 2015

Jesus Stocking

Here's an idea to add to your Christmas tradition, and it's not too late to start THIS YEAR!  Last night at our Mom's Co-op Christmas party I shared this and remembered myself how special it is.  If you're looking for a way to focus on Jesus this year you might consider a Jesus Stocking.

Several years back my husband came up with this idea to help us keep Christ the focus of our Christmas day.  We hung an extra stocking we had and called it the Jesus Stocking.  The idea was that each member of the family would create a letter, or something written to put in it and "give" to Jesus.

The week before Christmas we remind each other, "have you put your letter in the stocking yet?"  On Christmas morning, before we open our gifts, we pull the letters out and read them.  When the kids were younger, it was often a picture they drew with a few words.  As they got older, most of the offerings were in the form of letters. Often we'll thank Jesus for things, count our blessings, and share hopes for the future year. 

Once we tried it, we liked it so much that I went out and found "nativity" fabric to make Jesus his own permanent stocking.

After Christmas I save the letter and put them in our scrapbook.  It's fun to look back over the years and see how the kids have become more thoughtful as well as reminisce on what went on that year for our family.

So have a Merry JESUS filled Christmas this year!

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