Good games for Christmas

Due to a pending Christmas adventure (more on that later), we did a bit of early Christmas last evening, including the opening of four new games.  I am seriously thinking of letting kids open new games ahead of Christmas every year.   Many kids are happily playing with the new games right now– a great way to make the wait for Christmas a little easier to bear.  The games?

Hyper Dash

Castle Keep


Herd Your Horses

I don’t know how Spiderman got in there

I got this video of my just-turned 4 year old reciting Matthew 2:1-12. She doesn’t have it down pat yet– as you’ll see I had to give her quite a few prompts. I am guessing it will take her a couple more weeks to master it. But she was so cute that I just had to share it now! Below the video I’ve pasted the words that she spoke so that you can understand her a little more easily.

Matthew 2 Christmas story from Mary on Vimeo.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.


Did you notice how I took the cheat sheet back when she took it away from me? That’s because *I* don’t know it yet. I needed the paper to give her prompts. However most of my kids can say it with no help. Kids have amazing brains.