The ADVENTure of Christmas

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The ADVENTure of Christmas

Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions

By Lisa Whelchel; Jeannie Mooney (Illustrator)

Multnomah Gifts, Hardcover, 9781590520895, 64pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2004

The ADVENTure of Christmas "is a guide for moms concerned that their children are losing sight of Jesus in the midst of the distractions the holiday season brings. Lisa Whelchel was such a mom, but instead of abandoning the traditions of Christmas she rediscovered their original meanings, which were intended to remind people of God's unfathomable gift. Hanging lights on the house, wrapping gifts, and decorating the tree have become opportunities to teach her children about how they relate to Jesus birth. With "The ADVENTure of Christmas, "mothers can redeem what's been lost from the very symbols that are gentle reminders of the true meaning of Christmas.
Have you discovered that Jesus sometimes gets lost in the middle of the hustle and bustle of His birthday party? Would you like to be able to keep your children's focus on Jesus and also join them in the wonder of the celebration?
For each of the twenty-four days preceding Christmas, "The ADVENTure of Christmas" serves as a fun and handy guide that describes the significance behind your favorite traditions. Hanging lights on the house, wrapping gifts, and decorating the tree will become opportunities to share how these customs relate to Jesus' birth. "The ADVENTure of Christmas" recaptures the true meaning of this beloved season, giving reasons to celebrate for years to come.
Story Behind the Book
Feeling like Jesus had gotten lost in the frenzy of the holiday season, I asked the Lord to show me what I could do to teach my children the true meaning of Christmas. I was caught off-guard when He simply replied, "Don t do anything differently. Look in the middle of the celebration and you will find Me." He was right. There was no need to orchestrate moments to pontificate about "the commercialization of Christmas." Instead, Jesus is beckoning us to come to the party and bring the kids. In doing so, we run into Him at the mall, the movies, even at school. He hides in the lights, the carols, and the cards. He is there when we dress the evergreen tree, when Dad dresses up in a red suit, and even when we eat turkey and dressing

About the Author
Lisa Whelchel, best known for her long standing role as "Blair" in the television series, The Facts of Life, is a wife and a home schooling mother of three children. She has appeared in several feature films and is an author, vocalist, Grammy nominated songwriter, and an inspirational speaker at churches and conferences nationwide.

Creative artist, Jeannie Mooney began her love of bright, free-spirited colors by taking advantage of her free time while living in Arizona. She has the opportunity to combine her love for art and writing into one company, producing sterling silver jewelry, tin Christmas ornaments, paper based jewelry, frames and bookmarks, all trademarked by her colorful, whimisical style and heartfelt verses.

Jeannie lives in California with her husband, Bob, and two children. She shares her business endeavors with her father, Stan, who relieves Jeannie of the "business end" of the partnership. This allows Jeannie free reign to create the splashy, colorful originals for which she is famous. Her motto is: "Cherish life, for it is a blessing."