My son, the unicorn

 

My children don’t need a reason to dress up. Most days, I’m lucky to keep them out of their dress up clothes. For months, my daughter insisted on wearing her princess dresses all day and sleeping in them, as well…even her plastic princess high heels! 

 

My son has dressed up like everything known to man, including unicorns (it was his sister’s costume). His favorites have been knights, however, and we have an array of related paraphernalia in buckets in our garage.

 

Thanks to the dollar store, he has enough knight helmets, shields and swords to share with the whole neighborhood…and a giant play castle to defend against marauding invaders. This fits nicely with his sister’s deep-seated desire to be a sword toting, sparkly pink dress wearing princess…so all is well in our land of make-believe.

 

You can imagine, therefore, that it is not a challenge to convince my brood to re-enact an epic battle from either the Bible or Narnia. Especially if there are war unicorns involved. Hadley might even be convinced to play that part. Thankfully, I have taken pictures to use as leverage or blackmail in his teenage years…then they will be tucked away to remind me of my sweet, innocent little boy as he grows into manhood.

 

 

If your kiddos like such things, as mine do, then day 16 is for you. If not…maybe you like caroling. 😉

 

 

Day 16

Examples of leaders

 

Talk with your child about what life was like for the Jews during their time of waiting, and that many were hoping for a warrior king to come and rescue them from their oppression. You could read the Exodus story of God sending Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, and ask your child to suggest other ways that God could have saved the people again with a warrior king or with a leader like Moses. Joshua and David are two other leaders that you could discuss, having led the Israelites in battles.

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With older children, watch Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, if it feels appropriate. Help them see the connection between Aslan and Jesus, and discuss the battle between good and evil.

 

After your discussion, dress up as warriors and act out an epic battle between good and evil!

 

If you re-enact the story of Joshua or Moses, these are a couple of fun songs to teach your child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go down, Moses

Go down, Moses,

Way down in Egypt’s land;

Tell old Pharaoh

To let My people go!

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho,

Jericho, Jericho,

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho,

And the walls came tumbling down!

You may talk about your men of Gideon,

You may brag about your men of Saul,

But there’s none like good old Joshua

And the battle of Jericho!

 

 

Day 17

Go Caroling

 

Consider hosting a Caroling Party in your neighborhood or local retirement community. Earlier in the month, send out invitations or e-vites, including the carols that you have been teaching your child, and the lyrics. Invite your family and friends to teach them to their children in preparation for the party, and then gather for the party either in your home or another location like church or a community building.

 

As guest arrive and prepare to go caroling, play the songs in the background that you plan to sing, and hand out a printed list of songs and lyrics. Be sure to sing the songs that your kids have been practicing, focusing on the ones they like the best, to help them feel included in the group. You can do this as a family without a party, as well, of course, but the more the merrier!

 

Do you have any favorite caroling memories?

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