Hi Sweet Friends! You know when God puts someone on your path and they just ooze Jesus–and you are flat out humbled and amazed by the whole thing to your core? Well that is exactly what happened to me when I met Lynette Meintjes while waiting around for my kids at dance class! She is amazing and has been writing a book and creating a new advent tradition for the last 3 years—the project finished just in time for this Christmas 2018! Lynette generously gifted me both her book, The Wise Men Journey Searching for The King and Treasure Box–they are gorgeous and beautiful in every way! Her obedience to the calling God put on her life to create the book and treasure box is inspiring and humbling. It’s truly an honor to share this new advent tradition with you! So let’s jump into The Wise Men Journey!
A New Advent Tradition
Honestly, I’m not even sure where to start to do all this justice…
At the heart of the project–Lynette wanted a way to get children excited about the true story of Christmas. She wanted to share the entire Christmas story throughout December so that kids could fully appreciate the beautiful miracle that is Christ’s birth. So she wrote a book. But it is so much more than a book–it weaves every part of the Christmas story together (the wise men, the angels, Elizabeth, Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, Gabriel, the shepherds, etc…) and includes daily scripture and questions for reflection. I’ve never seen a children’s book present the Christmas story in such a beautiful and relatable way to children.
But the book is only part of what Lynette has created. Knowing how excited our kiddos are for Christmas–but wanting to keep the focus on Christ, she created a nightly experience to go along with the book throughout advent. And so The Treasure Box was born!
The Treasure Box
The Treasure Box contains 3 wooden wise men (they are beautifully crafted and neutral, perfect for any decor), a treasure bag, and 25 small wooden ornaments. Each night, the wise men are hidden in the house along with a small treasure bag containing an ornament (plus any extra little treats you might want to include).
The daily ornament has the treasure word for the day on the front. And on the back, is the corresponding treasure verse.
After finding the wise men and discovering the treasure, it’s time to read the short story and daily devotion in The Wise Men Journey Searching for The King.
Written with such love and attention to detail, The Wise Men Journey Searching for The King, covers the entire Christmas story. It walks our families through each miraculous event–and makes the story understandable and applicable to children (like being patient, kind, and a witness for Jesus).
The illustrations are lovely–Friends, the whole thing is just done with excellence…
(The actual book is hardcover, however my copy is one of Lynette’s personal paperback samples.)
You can use the book independently–but combined with the treasure box, The Wise Men Journey will become a family tradition and keepsake!
Keeping Christ the Center of Christmas
We’re all looking for ways to keep Christ at the center of Christmas–I’m so excited to bring this new tradition into our home this year. I love that it’s simple, no prep, and completely focused on the true Christmas story. While I will continue to do my Jesse Tree and light our advent wreath–I have never found something that walks families through the events surrounding Christ’s birth like The Wise Men Journey Searching for The King.
Visit Lynette over at the wisemenjourney.com to learn more and get your copy and treasure box!
Have such a Blessed Christmas, Sweet Friends! Seeking Him–the true treasure…