Along with the advent Calendar this year, I wanted to do something else a little more Christ centered on a daily basis, but easy and not beyond what a toddler could do. So I thought, 24 days of advent, there are surely 24 names of Jesus we could do a of Jesus name each day! Brilliant idea! So I googled "names of Jesus" and found about a million. Then I looked on pinterest and apparently I wasn't the first person with this idea. So I picked 24 names that I thought were more Christmas like, or that I better new what they meant so I could explain them to the girls.
It took a few runs, at first I did a name when they did the advent calendar in the morning, but there was so much excitement about the calendar the name got lost in the mix, so I thought "how about when we eat dinner with daddy, we can pick out a new name then." That was actually a much better idea, and a good way to get dad involved regularly during the advent season. Only problem is that there is a lot going on during Christmas time, which meant many nights we weren't home for dinner...... so we forgot a few times. SO maybe next year, at bed time? The girls were sure the remind me if we did forget to pick a name of Jesus and we would try to make up for it the next night.
Maya's favorite name of Jesus is Emmanuel, because there is a boy in her class with that name
All I did was print out names of Jesus in a black & red circle, cut them out and put them in a jar. Each day the girls would take turns drawing a new name, we would explain the meaning of the name, and then we would put it on display.