Faith, Family

Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands (a review)

Approaching Christmas with children is sticky, and maybe even downright thorny, if a parent is attempting to truly teach the meaning of the season.

Each year, I find myself missing the opportunity to impress upon my boys the reason for celebrating Christ’s birth.  Sure, we’ve made the Jesus birthday cake, thrown a Jesus birthday party and  memorized Scripture in an attempt to convince my children we are in this world but not of this world

{Or was it to persuade this mom’s doubtful heart the materialism and worldliness could be counterbalanced with spiritual sprinkles?} 

In all honesty, we have never meditated on the Truth and allowed that Truth to transform us during the Advent season.  This time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth has passed us by as I have chosen to clutter my mind with the busyness of the holiday. 

I determined, this year, to put the Christmas “traditions” on the back burner (gasp!) and ensure our hearts were right with Christ at the remembrance of His birth.  We have been missing out on the season of Advent and its reminder both of the original waiting for the birth of the Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ’s return. 

I fully believe the celebration of Christ is a daily necessity; not a December holiday.  It is difficult to guide young hearts in the direction against a cultural tide of materialism and self-absorption.  And, at Christmas, it feels even weightier.  As if someone opened the dam, making swimming upstream nearly impossible.

My hope is to instill in my boys a greater desire for Christ than for the gifts.


For my youngest son, I am thankful to have found Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands

As the author, Amanda White indicates,

This ebook will lead you and your children on your own experience through the Christmas Story. You’ll take a few minutes each day in reading the Christmas Story directly from the Bible, making a fun ornament craft and talking about it together.


I cannot say enough about this Advent guide.  It is a beautifully designed, yet simple to follow, passage into a worship experience with young children.  Although possibly created for the very young, my son is twelve-years-old and is thoroughly relishing the time we’re spending together reading the bible, discussing the Scripture and making ornaments to reinforce the Truth.

Through our continual focus on the celebration of a Messiah, my prayer is this young child will grow more into loving Jesus and desiring Him.  May his hope and expectancy be in Christ alone. 

Here’s great news for you…it’s not too late to start Truth in the Tinsel with your children or grandchildren.  The ebook is delivered straight to your inbox and it’s easy to catch up (we did!).  There are also options allowing parents to complete the activities in fewer days. 

Whether you use an Advent guide or simply share the Truth of God’s Word with your child, I encourage you to pause today and live fully in this time of hope and expectancy.

9 thoughts on “Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands (a review)”

    1. I hope they enjoy it as much as we are treasuring the time we’re spending together. I am posting our pictures each day on the Refusing to Tiptoe Facebook Page (the link is to the right at the top). Enjoy!

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