We kept our December meeting nice and simple, which felt great during this very busy season of the year. We love every minute of MOPS meetings, but we sometimes have to rush through our crafts without giving the paint or the glue time to dry! Or, we have to finish up that last sip of coffee or savor that last moment of adult conversation before we pick up the kids from the nursery.
Today, though, our craft was nice and easy–but still lovely. We filled glass ornaments with feathers and wrote the year and our initials on them.
Our conversation topic was Holiday Traditions . . . especially traditions other than that pesky Elf on the Shelf! Here are some of our ideas and traditions:
- Going to Sam’s, filling a grocery cart, and donating all the food to the NWA Food Bank
- Going to Silver Dollar City
- Buying everyone in the family brand new pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve after church
- Giving half of our toys away a few weeks before Christmas
- Putting up a nativity set, but placing the three wise men together around the house and moving them every few days as they journey to see Jesus
- Filling Operation Christmas Child boxes
- Shopping at the Little Craft Show
Several of our moms fill the pockets of an Advent calendar with activities for each day of December up until Christmas. The activities are a mix of simple fun, giving to others, and bonding together. Here are some great examples of Advent calendar activities:
- Donate dog food to an animal shelter
- Tell everyone in the family why you love them
- Buy a toy to donate to Toys for Tots
- Eat a candy cane and drink hot chocolate
Some moms also put Bible verses or a piece from a nativity set in the pocket to help tell the Christmas story throughout the month.
We are especially thankful at Christmas for the workers who take care of our Mopettes during our meetings, and we pitched in to get them a thank-you gift. Of course, some of our kids insist on staying with their mamas instead of going to the nursery, like these two sweet girls:
All in all, today’s meeting helped us slow down and discover how to be intentional about having a meaningful Christmas season.