Last November we learned of the very creative antics of Dinovember, a hilarious phenomena in which plastic dinosaurs come to life and make mischief while a household is sleeping. We were amazed and inspired by Dinovember, and wondered if anything like that could ever happen in our house. We didn't have any feisty dinosaurs around.
Our family sets up our Christmas crèche at the beginning of Advent, with the animals, shepherd, and empty manger prepared for Mary and Joseph to arrive. We set up the magi elsewhere in the room, starting their long journey.
Each Advent morning we woke up to find our crèche animals had been busy the night before. Fortunately, they were much less messy and destructive than plastic dinosaurs seem to be. Our photography skills aren't up to par with dinosaur keepers, but we did keep a record.
Each morning, our girls would wake up excitedly and look for the animals. It added a bit of extra fun to the season for our family, and didn't cost anything. Take a look at our photos below, and think about how you can add a little fun to your household this Advent and Christmas.
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Handouts/inserts for a simpler, more faith-filled Advent
Advent can be a very stressful time, and we're not just talking about church leaders! Use these visually striking, thoughtful, reproducible handouts in your community to invite everyone to rediscover the joy of a simpler and more faith-filled Advent and Christmas.