Sunday’s book (December 4th) was God Gave Us Christmas written by Lisa Tawn Bergern and illustrations by David Hohn.
I decided to put this book on a Sunday for two reasons: first its has a religious theme so it is a good book to read before going to church and Sunday school, and second we have more time on the weekend and the activity I had in mind would take a bit longer.
First thing in the morning I read the book to the girls. It is a story of a little bear who asks his Mamma:
“Who ‘vented Christmas? Was it Santa?”
Mamma answers that God was the one who invented Christmas, that “God gave us Christmas”. The next day Little Cub asks to go find Santa but Mama suggests that instead they go to find God. I really like how Mama Bear doesn’t exclude Santa but instead says:
“Santa Claus reminds us about many good things like generosity and care. But is is God and Jesus that we celebrate most come Christmas. We always want to thank God for giving us Christmas.”
This makes it easier for children to follow without abandoning their young visions of what they know of Christmas.
Little Cub and Mama set out to look for signs of God – and that is just the task I gave Kaitlyn. I gave her my little camera for the day and told her to take pictures of things that God gave us. She took it to church, and Sunday School, and with us as we went to get our Christmas tree. The pictures may have been different if we did it for a week instead of just a day but I still think she did an amazing job!
She put all of her pictures together to make a collage. I helped her a bit with shaping her photos and with spelling but she did the rest herself. In case you have trouble reading she came up with: stories, friends, nature, family, trees, home and us.