Home is where the heart is, and the hearts of your little ones will be with you, especially during the excitement of the holidays. This is a special time of the year, a time when you will have two very important, and opposite opportunities, as their small group leader:

1. You will get to calm them down.

With the infusion of parties and gifts, celebrations and guests, there is little that is stable in the life of your preschooler during the weeks leading up to the holidays. Often bedtimes are postponed and schedules are upended.  Preschoolers can be frenzied with this upheaval of their lives.  You can help ground them with just your presence.  Your consistency will help calm them down in a crazy time.  Just the ability for them to walk into your room and see your face will help give them that sense of normalcy that can be all but lost during the holidays.  Don’t let the opportunity slip by to guide their conversations about gifts and parties back to the wonder and excitement of the reason for the season. That doesn’t mean you need to squelch their excitement for soon-to-be opened gifts or trips to their favorite sledding spot. Just find a way to bring the conversation back to why we are celebrating in the first place.

2. Then, once you have calmed them with your presence, you can stir them up!

Jesus’ birth is one of the most engaging events in the Bible for preschoolers.  Their minds are captivated with awe of our marvelous God who can orchestrate such Good News; who can send an angel to the shepherds on that starry night so long ago.  Their imaginations are ready to hear the angels sing, to smell the animals in the stable and to see the baby Jesus lying asleep in a manger. To hear the events of the birth of Jesus from you, someone that they know, they trust, makes the telling even that much more awesome.

And, you may just find, that as you share the angel’s message with your few,  as you help them imagine the scene of that first Christmas, you too will be captivated anew with the good news sent to all men!

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Barbara Graves

Barbara loves God, children's ministry, coffee, the Braves, and her granddaughter Eden-Grace. She's been in ministry for over 30 years and wishes she didn't have to sleep so she could write, teach, and read a little more.

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