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Do you love the idea of a Christmas tradition like Elf On The Shelf, but don’t want to distract your kids from the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ? The Shepherd On The Search is the perfect solution!
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My daughter will be 8 months old for her first Christmas, so I don’t expect her to remember much. Still, we want to start a few Christmas traditions this year so we’re ready for the coming years! Elf On The Shelf has become a popular attraction in the past few years, but one thing that I don’t like about it is that it is so distracting from Jesus Christ, the very reason we celebrate Christmas!
Even though you can modify Elf On The Shelf to be more about Christ (and many families do), wouldn’t it be nice to have a book written with Jesus already at the center?
That’s where this guy steps in.
I call him Sheppy (because he’s a shepherd…), but I’ll let Selah name him once she’s a little older. He’s a shepherd, and he’s on the search for Jesus.
The book starts by following along with the young shepherd on the night Jesus was born. He hears the good news from the angels, but since he’s a little boy, the shepherds won’t let him go with them to see Jesus. But he knows this is a special night, so he sneaks along with them all the way to the manger, finally seeing the Messiah.
But wait, that’s not the end of the story!
Every Christmas, he now visits houses of little boys and girls to help them remember to look for Christ during the holiday season. He hides each night while they’re asleep, and each morning they must find him. Then, on Christmas morning, he’s right where he should be, beside the manger.
The Shepherd On The Search is such a fun activity for kids, because they have the excitement of waking up every morning and searching for the shepherd. It’s also great for parents, because it keeps the focus of Christmas on Christ, and not on gifts or acting nice for Santa.
The Shepherd On The Search Activity Set includes the plush shepherd, The Shepherd On The Search book, and the nativity keepsake box (where the shepherd ends up on Christmas morning).
But the fun doesn’t stop here! DaySpring has created a whole line of products focused on The Shepherd On The Search!
First, after finding your shepherd each morning, you can visit the Shepherd On The Search website. This website offers daily ADVENTures, one for each day of Advent. There are memory verses, activities, and crafts, all focused on Christ and the shepherd searching for him.
Other products available are an advent calendar, a family advent book, a children’s activity book, gift bags, encouraging notes, and a Christmas ornament of the shepherd.
The Shepherd On The Search is a wonderful tradition to start with your kids. They’ll love looking for their shepherd each morning, and you’ll love talking about how he’s looking for Christ. The advent activities are also a great way to infuse the Christmas season with the message of the Messiah who came for us.
This Christmas, instead of talking about acting nice for the elf that’s watching, let’s talk about Christ. Let’s talk about how He was born in manger, lived a humble life, and died to save us. Let’s talk about how when we look for Him, we can find Him, not just at Christmas, but always.
What Christ-centered Christmas traditions do you have with your family? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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