Today was our 12th annual Niece and Nephew Christmas Party.We lost the teenagers this year to a scheduling conflict, but the party did go on, and a fun time it was. In attendance this year: Ethan, Carissa, Alli, and Rylar. This year, we kept the party all in-house.
We started by decorating a few Christmas ornaments.
Even Clara and Greg got in on the act.
And don't forget our annual gingerbread house cookie decorating event. As usual, our personalities came out in our individual decorating styles.
And it is part of our tradition to play the dice game for small prizes. The kids love this part.
We also took some time during our party to talk about why we celebrate Christmas and what it is really about. Since Leading Little Ones to God has been our book of choice for our Bible lessons, I used it to tell the Christmas story as well. We read the lesson titled "Jesus Came From Heaven". It was fun to talk through with the children just what it could have meant for Jesus to give up all the riches of heaven and all the glory he is worthy of receiving and come to earth and be born as a baby. They engaged with the lesson from beginning to end, from smallest to largest. My favorite part was when we came to the suggested Bible reading to accompany the lesson. It's often a large passage of Scripture, but this time it was just two verses. John 3:16-17. My mom and dad were in the room listening to the story with us and I knew that my mom had memorized these two verses when she was a child. I asked her to recite them, and she did.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeith in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
Another Niece and Nephew Christmas party has come and gone, and as usual, it held great meaning for us, both in the opportunity we have to be in the lives of our young nieces and nephews and in the joy of sharing the knowledge of who Jesus Christ is with them.