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What God Wants for Christmas Book Supplement – September 1, 2006

4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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What God wants for Christmas? It's--to you--a surprise.
In box number seven it is disguised.
But - no peeking! Be patient! For this you must wait.
It's what you offer Him, and it's really great.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Misc. Supplies
  • Publisher: Family Life Publishing; Pck edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572299312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572299313
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.5 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used this during my family's worship time during the Christmas season. My kids (3yr olds) absolutely loved doing it each night, and seeing a new character each night.

What you have here is a nativity that folds out like a pop-up book. Then you have seven boxes:

1) Angel
2) Mary
3) Joseph
4) Baby Jesus
5) Shepherd
6) Wise Man
7) Mirror (Representing yourself)

Each night you are to open a new box and read something out of the book about the character. Unfortunately the book is a let down as you don't get into any of the real detail the Bible would provide you. It's also not a story to read, but more of a poem for each night. Two or three pages of rhyming for each character.

Other than the book, this was great to do with our children! They loved it, and when we got through all the days, we could use the figurines to read the real Christmas story and act it out. I'd definitely suggest picking this up for your family!
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My children (ages 4 and 6) loved opening each box and finding who the next character in the Christmas story was. Being able to touch and feel and "act out" the Christmas story with the little nativity pieces was lots of fun. They really got into the Chrismtas story this way and looked forward to the next reading each night. However I found the reading itself to be too complicated. The wording could have been much simpler for the children. I found myself re-telling the story in my own words. So in summary the concept is great but the book itself was disappointing.
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What I especially love is the reminder along the way that in box 7 there is a "surprise of what we offer Jesus, and it's really great!" This also keeps the kids attention and builds suspense for this special discovery that's been disguised. When they open box 7 to their amazement and for some, their bewilderment, they find themselves staring at themselves from a mirror attached to the bottom of the 7th gift box. Then you get to joyfully tell them that the whole Christmas story is about Jesus wanting "them" personally. How he came to be with them, to teach them, to save them and all because of his incredible love for them.

What God Wants for Christmas is a must have for every parent, children's pastor, or teacher. If you love children, I can't think of a better way for you to tell them the timeless life-saving Christmas story. I'm so glad I stumbled, or I should say God directed me to this tool. I was just looking for a manger scene at a Christian bookstore to help me tell the Christmas story from a book. Just a little visual aide. I didn't know such a creative tool was out there. I'm so grateful to Family Life Publishing, the makers of What God Wants for Christmas and "Resurrection Eggs". For a complete review go to [...]What God Wants for Christmas
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My kids as well as the children in several pre-school classes really enjoyed this story. They were all waiting to see what was in the boxes and in turn it held their interest and kept them entertained. It is a delightful way to share the true meaning of Christmas with little ones. We thoroughly enjoyed this story.
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This is a great gift for the family. The story goes through several of the key players in the story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus. It is a true blessing. It does not take long at all and it is appropriate for all ages.
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My own children, the 4 y/o preschool & Sunday School classes I taught last year all LOVE this wonderful, interactive nativity. The book is delightful & held their attention, building the anticipation of each box. The story is of course not as detailed as you'll find in the Bible, but it is a fun, simple version that effectively gets the message accross to little ones without them losing interest. You can do one present a week, a night, or all at once. My kids (2 & 5) prefer all at once, every night! We've been using this for 2 years now & it has held up very well. Just keep an eye on the mirror as it's not shatter-proof -- just as a safety precaution I check each day to make certain it's still glued in securely.
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My grandchildren love this set! In fact my 6 year old granddaughter wants to play with it all year round. Nothing blesses your heart more than to see your grandchildren reenact the birth of Christ and each time they play with it they put the words into their heart. What God wants for Christmas is YOU!

If you purchase this set my advice is to purchase the hardcover book with CD also. The children can play with the set and listen along with the CD. The hardcover book is very pretty on it's own but the best of both worlds would be to have both.

I recommend that you make this a tradition for your family as you share the TRUE meaning of Christmas.
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This was given to my boys as a gift from their Uncle, they absolutely love it!!! We have done this with our boys and now our daughter since they were little. Each night we read the little story and then one of our kids gets to open the box. It was neat to hear my middle child tell me that he remembers what God wants for Christmas.
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