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christmas 2010 :: toddlers and the incarnation

November 29, 2010

How do you teach a little 17-month old toddler about the incarnation of Jesus Christ?  I mean honestly, I’m struggling just to teach Sam that every man wearing a baseball cap in public isn’t “Da-da! Da-da! Da-da!”.

However, I want our children to begin learning at an early age that the incarnation of Jesus was God’s way of drawing near to mankind.  As in, close to us, beside us, next to us.  To walk with us and live among us.  To eat with us and pray with us.  To get eye-level with little children and welcome them to himself.

Last year for Christmas, Becky bought me a Nativity Set for Sam.  I have been waiting all year to open it up and let Sam play.  Yesterday was the first day of Advent, and while we were decorating our home for Christmas, Joe sat down with Sam and taught him each character in the Nativity story.  Will he remember this?  Probably not, but we don’t want a Christmas to go by without Mary and Joseph and the shepherds and the wise men and (according to Fisher Price) a blond-headed Jesus!

Our hope is that as Sam’s little hands play with these Nativity pieces throughout the season, God will begin a work in his heart to show him that Jesus is indeed Immanuel, God with us.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandy Smith permalink
    November 29, 2010 6:11 pm

    Precious boy! He is taking all that his Daddy is teaching him straight to his little heart.

  2. November 29, 2010 6:11 pm

    It’s funny that the little characters and animals will all fit on the post atop the stable, where the angel should go. Bennett thought the lamb was most appropriate for the position. Very sweet post.

  3. Jo Ann Minchew permalink
    November 29, 2010 8:01 pm

    Jenny, this is such a confirmation for me! I had just told my husband, Tony (aka PopPop) that my one post Christmas sale item this year was going to be a nativity set that I could give to Billy at Thanksgiving next year. He will be 19 months old then. I want it to be a nativity set that he can handle and in so doing, hopefully grow to love the real person of Jesus represented by Fisher Price’s concept. I just thought you would like to know that you were used by the Lord to bring confirmation to this Texas Nanna. Blessings to you all!

  4. December 4, 2010 10:31 am

    We have the came Nativity set! I’m debating whether or not to give it to JJ early so he can play with it before Christmas, or give it to him on our family Christmas day so that we can tell him the Christmas story that day in a fun and interesting way.

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