We decided several years ago not to join in on the “Elf on the Shelf” craze. We wanted to keep our focus on the true meaning of Christmas…however, at times I’ve felt like we were missing out on some of the fun. All the hype of when your elf arrives, the crazy shenanigans they get into and so on. I’ve been looking for quite a while for some sort of fun alternative we can do with our kiddos in the days leading up to Christmas.
A few summers ago we went on vacation to Colorado. While in Colorado Springs we stopped and checked out the Focus on the Family headquarters. (It was a fun little stop and I even ran into one of my old college professors who now volunteers there, small world huh?) Imagine my excitement when perusing their book store I found this…
The Christmas Star from Afar! A game that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. Yippee!
Here how you play:
“The Christmas Star from Afar encourages children to go on a hunt for their Star, similar to that of the Wise Men. Everyday the Star is hidden and the children participate in a fun hide-and-seek game to locate it. Once they have found their Star they move all Three Wise Men to its location. On Christmas morning the Three Wise Men reach their final destination when the Star is found at the stable with the newborn baby Jesus. The activity book includes a wooden Star, a full wooden nativity scene that matches the artwork of the book, and optional scripture to use throughout the month.”
What a fun alternative to Elf on the Shelf. It’s a family activity we all enjoy. I love to teach my children about the true meaning of Christmas and read to them Scripture and they love to hunt for the star. Interested in purchasing one for your family? Or maybe your grandchildren? Check it out in our Shop! Click the link here: The Christmas Star from Afar!