Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 11.0 X 9.50 X 3.25 (inches)|
Series: Shepherd On the Search
Cherished Child Advent CalendarVermont Christmas Company / 2013 / Gift$3.95
My Christmas Activity Book: 25 Days to Celebrate Jesus' BirthCatherine MacKenzie, Kim ShawCF4Kids / 2016 / Trade Paperback$5.99 Retail:
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Sarah PDubuque, IAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Buying the Shepherd and an intro book, you need the advent one as well to make life easy.January 6, 2018Sarah PDubuque, IAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3My daughter has been driving me crazy begging for an Elf... and that's not how we process Christmas. We look at Christ's coming, as a babe, born in a manager, and a naughty elf just doesn't easily make a connection about the birth of Jesus for me. Instead we've read Jotham's journey series aloud to anticipate and re-live Bible life and what the experience of the children alive when Jesus was born might be like. And my three older BOYS have been captivated and on the edge of their seats to listen for the entire advent season. But my girl, well she wants to share with her friends who talk about their elves each day. So I decided I need to find a compromise. So next year "Shep" (you get to name your Shepherd) will be hidden each day of December. I haven't done the hiding yet as I bought it after Christmas for next year so I can't report on that. But what i can say is- this kit, you are buying a stuffed shepherd and a book that introduces the concept (like the elf) of finding him every day in December. That's all the beautiful hard cover story book does- is set up the expectation rather simply. But they also sell a small advent book to read aloud, and you MUST purchase this as well. I loved it and will review it as well. So if you need an alternative this is it, but alone it's not a fully prepared daily connection to Christ without the advent read aloud book.
Momof45 Stars Out Of 5Great family activity!December 6, 2017Momof4Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5we do not do Santa at our house either, we did have an elf but our children know the Truth...Ive always had our elf do Bible related activities. But now we have a shepherd boy to go along with our Bible activities. So now our Elf has accepted Jesus and lives for him! Loved being able to download all the activiites for free aa well. Great book! love it!
Just a mom getting ready for Christmas4 Stars Out Of 5Read the descriptionNovember 28, 2017Just a mom getting ready for ChristmasQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3With kids of varying ages, I was looking for something that would cover restless little ones and older ones who are ready for more information. This is a nice set, but be aware of what you are getting. Included in the package is a cute shepherd that captured my four year old's attention, and the picture book is a cute introduction to the concept, BUT, that's it. The advent countdown book is not the book in this set, so if you want something to do for the remaining nights till Christmas you will need to look elsewhere. I give it 4 stars as there are some online resources that tie in and seem like they will be helpful and are well thought out, but I had been expecting a more complete resource and am debating whether I should order the separate advent devotional book that is unfortunately currently out of stock.
Blackmom54 Stars Out Of 5Searching...and Found!December 23, 2016Blackmom5Quality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I gave this 4 stars ONLY because we don't use the NASB version, and would loved to have had the printables and scriptures available in KJV also. We also don't do Santa or elves at our house- it's all about Christ! If you are feeling left out when you see all the Elf on the Shelf hoopla, and long for a Christ based alternative, then this is it. I can truly say that my family and I have had a BLAST with the Shepherd EVERY evening when we have our devotions with him. We have all enjoyed doing this, even our 15 year old son! You name the shepherd, hide the shepherd and kids find him, and do fun activities and devos with it, and he is not naughty like that bad elf, HA! We are all going to miss him when December 26 comes and we have to pack him away!
Author: Josh Helms
Located in: Nashville, TN
Submitted: October 04, 2016
Tell us a little about yourself. We are the parents of 2 amazing little life-changers named Jacob and Everley. Six years ago we moved to Nashville with not much more than a dream and now we are blessed to say that we live where we love and wouldn't change a thing.
What was your motivation behind this project? The Shepherd on The Search was born out of the desire to direct our kids attention to the true meaning of Christmas while keeping it fun like Christmas should be. Basically, we wanted to give our kids the opportunity to make some great family Christmas memories while at the same time learning why and WHO we celebrate this time of year.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? We hope that The Shepherd on the Search gives parents a reason to talk about the baby Jesus in a way that feels exciting and fun all while building Christmas memories for the little ones that will last a lifetime.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? We have had a lot of fun over the last few years developing this tradition in our own home. It has helped our kids to understand the true meaning of the season and as parents that is something you just can't replace.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Please keep us in the loop! We would love to see how your family incorporates the Shepherd into your own Christmas traditions. Merry Christmas! Josh and Lindsey Helms
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