http://media.salemwebnetwork.com/worshiphousemedia/resource/images/main/s/mo/vhp/mo/adventhopecandlebackground.jpgToday is the First Advent Sunday.

The traditional message on this first Advent is HOPE.

 You can see a previous post I did HERE.

As I was doing the children's dismissal again this Sunday, I picked an Object Lesson a little easier to explain....and for them to understand.

And with a side of sugar.
But still intended to help the children remember the true Reason for The Season.


I love this little M & M poem that tells the Christmas Story.

"M&M Christmas Story"

As you hold these candies in your hand,
And turn them you will see
The M becomes a W, and E and then a 3
They tell the Christmas story,
It's one I'm sure you know
It took place in a stable a long, long time ago
The E is for the East, where the star shone so bright
The M is for the manger where Baby Jesus slept that night
The 3 is for the wisemen, bearing gifts they say they came
W is for Worship, Hallelujah, Praise His Name
So as you eat these candies or share them with a friend
Remember the meaning of Christmas it's a Love Story that never ends
 Author: by Pam Ridenour

Of course, I also made sure I had a bag of the colourful goodies on hand to give the children too.
Yep, best Sunday School Teacher Evah!

This object lesson is a great way to teach children about why we celebrate Christmas, but also to remind us adults that in the midst of all the Busy, Baking, Decorating, Shopping, Wrapping, Cleaning........ to keep our hearts and minds on the coming Birth!

Just as John prepared the people so long ago, we should prepare ourselves for the greatest gift the world ever received, when Love Came Down,  and When Hope was Born:  for the whole world to know.

There are many printables available via Google for this sweet Christmas poem.    It makes a nice little teacher's gift or stocking stuffer too.

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 Yep.  It's beginning to look ......and taste, a lot like Christmas!