Written by Mel Ackerman
I can't believe I am even typing this right now, but y'all, Christmas is just around the corner. What happened to this year? Don't answer that, we all know the answer to that question.
Every family has their own traditions when it comes to holidays and especially Christmas. I come from a family of avid readers and I am grateful I passed that enthusiasm down to our kids. We had many Christmas traditions but one thing was for certain, the kids got one of their favorite books. It was normally one they had been waiting for to come out. You know what I'm talking about. They are counting down the days until it is in stores, that's all they talk about and they try to make predictions as to what that sequel would or would not have in it. Well even though they knew it was coming they were so excited to finally get their hands on that new book, they would open it up, smell that new book smell, flip through the pages, open the spine by flattening their hand out and pressing down the pages a few times, and then, they dove right in and didn't come up for air until they absolutely had to.
I know that in these last few months a lot of reading has taken place, probably right up there with Netflix binging. So what would you get your kid to read that they haven't already read?
Change It Up
I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who has one adult daughter and three boys who are in upper elementary and middle school. They had just finished the book they were doing for family devotions and she was wondering what was out there that would keep her kids interest as well as ignite some good family discussion. She finally found a devotional that they are really enjoying reading together as a family and said it had some great conversation starters. I asked it I could recommend it to you guys and she was thrilled with that idea. She liked that it had a short story, an application formed in a question, and a Bible verse that went along with it.
So are you up for a challenge? Maybe this Christmas you get this devotional for the family and make a resolution in January to read it together. Here is a link for it on Amazon
that will give you a look inside so you can see what the format is. What a great year to 2021. I will post this link on our Parent Resource
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