The Gospel of John opens with:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
In the Maronite Church the lead up to Christmas is marked by a series of announcements that reflect back on the prophecies of the Old Testament. That climaxes with the genealogy Gospel on the Sunday before Christmas. It is important for children to understand that Christmas is the Incarnation. That is, God became man as part of His plan of his wider plan of salvation for us. That plan started at the very beginning with Creation. The One whose birth is celebrated at Christmas was the One who brought the whole universe into existence.
One creative way to inspire conversation about creation in your family is to engage by gardening. One idea that you might want to take up this weekend is preparing living Christmas centrepiece in preparation for Christmas. While creating the centrepiece speak about God the Creator of the universe and how he gave us life. Speak about the importance of treating Creation with the respect it deserves. Read Genesis and read about God creating the universe. These also make a beautiful gift.
Go out to the nursery and allow children be part of the process for picking seedlings (might be a bit late at this stage to start from seeds). Some good choices include:
Think about the colours you choose. Plant them in a pot and make the family responsible for making sure they are regularly watered and looked after. Six weeks is enough to ensure that these are flowering for Christmas. The pot plant can become part of your Christmas lunch or dinner centrepiece. The centrepiece will serve as a reminder to everyone at Christmas that we are celebrating part of God’s plan of salvation. See the photographs below for ideas.