As a blogger, I may be compensated in some way (either pay, product, or experience) for sharing the post below All opinions are my own. ~Heidi
For the past several years, I’ve seen lots of people posting pictures of their “elf” on social media. I have to admit, I never got the point. And, quite honestly, I find the elf creepy. So, when I heard about the Shepherd on a Search from Dayspring, I was intrigued. Might this be a worthy (and better looking) alternative to the elf?
The story of the shepherd’s search is captured in a beautifully illustrated children’s book. The fun begins when you hide your shepherd at night and your children set off on a search each morning. A special tradition of searching for the shepherd and retelling the story helps your family focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Move the Shepherd closer to the manger each day of December.
Incorporating the Shepherd into the Day-to-Day
Starting on November 27th, families everywhere will start the search for the Savior with the Shepherd. Each evening, parents will hide the Shepherd and the next morning, children will go searching for him. They’ll journey with him each day of Advent until he finds the Savior in the manger on Christmas morning.
In addition to the Shepherd himself – who is oh, so cute! – this kit also includes a lovely hardbound book with an endearing story of the Shepherd as he searches for the baby Jesus, the Savior of the world.
My kids are getting older now – my “baby” in 10 – but I’ve already enjoyed reading the book with him and we’re going to have fun searching with and for the Shepherd this Christmas season. I’m already brainstorming a mental list of places that I can hide him.
Around our house, we never focus the holidays on Santa. I don’t like the whole “he sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake” scare for kids. So, I really don’t need (or want) one of Santa’s helpers watching over us in the days and weeks leading up to the holiday. Rather, what better way to welcome Jesus into our hearts and homes this Christmas than by joining the Shepherd in the search for Jesus?
I think the Shepherd will become a longstanding tradition in our family and one that we can pass down to the generations to come. Because it’s my goal for my children to focus on Jesus first during the holidays. I want them to not be so focused on receiving gifts at Christmas, but on giving to others and, more than anything else, on the gift that we have received – the gift of salvation.
If you are looking to stress these things to your children and family during the holidays, then check out the Shepherd on the Search, order the kit today, and get ready to start searching on November 27th, along with me and my family!
I also think the Shepherd would make a lovely addition to a Sunday School or Christian School classroom. What a precious way to add some extra fun to the Christmas season.
Be sure to follow along with me and Dayspring this holiday season, and share your Shepherd on the Search pictures, being sure to tag both #Dayspring and #ShepherdontheSearch.
***This post made possible by Dayspring.***