Our family has tried a variety of Advent devotionals, activities, and crafts over the years, but I may have found our new favorite with The Christmas Star from Afar.
Each Advent season, I chuckle seeing friends’ super-creative Elf on the Shelf ideas. What a fun tradition for kids!! But since we chose not to do the whole Santa thing, Elf on the Shelf wasn’t a good fit for our family.
If your family is looking for an easy, engaging way to turn your kids’ attention to Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas, or even if you’re simply looking for an alternative to Elf on the Shelf, you need to buy The Christmas Star from Afar.
It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited about a product, and I’m thrilled to introduce the Star from Afar to you all!
What is The Christmas Star from Afar?
Here’s the low-down.The goal of the Star from Afar is to help kids and families celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, and uses a wooden nativity set, a book, a game, and an Advent tradition all wrapped up into one. Seriously. It’s like the best of an Advent calendar and Jesse Tree in one activity!
The set is 16 pieces :: a picture book, 4 parts to the stable, and 11 figurines (the star, two sheep, a shepherd, an angel, the three wise men, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus). The pieces are made of wood — chunky but smooth, sturdy, and made to last. Perfect for hands of all sizes. ;)
How the Star from Afar Works ::
The rhyming book included in your set encourages the kids to go on a hunt for their star, kind of like how the Wise Men followed the star to worship Jesus.
You hide the star every day, and the kids play a fun hide-and-seek game to find it. Once they find their star, they move all three wise men figures to where the star is.
On Christmas, “hide” the star at the stable with the newborn baby Jesus, so the kids can move their wise men to the place they’ve been seeking all along!
The back of the book includes a Scripture passage to read each day, or you can purchase the optional Scripture cards. I love having the cards because I can hide the Scripture card of the day with the star and have the kids read it when they find it — rather than pulling out the book every day. I need simple! ;)
I love how easy and engaging the Star from Afar activity is. It’s a perfect option for families with kids of various ages, and I’m so thankful for a fun way to focus on Jesus and the Biblical narrative during Advent.
Honestly, I was even impressed with the packaging — organized, sturdy, and a great way to store your set for years to come. From the hard-backed book to the quality construction of the pieces, I love everything about Star from Afar.
The kids are so excited to begin this year! December 1 can’t come soon enough!
(Just a note :: Selecting the skin tone of your figurines or to add on the Scripture cards or the stable animals set needs to be done on the Star from Afar website.)
Discount code to buy The Christmas Star from Afar
Want to purchase The Christmas Star from Afar for your family and friends? Natalie is offering our community 10% off any size order through Sunday!
Simply use code FaithAndFaithfulness when you check out on the Star from Afar website.
Win a FREE Christmas Star from Afar set!
Natalie, the creator of The Christmas Star from Afar, generously offered to GIVE one of YOU a FREE Star from Afar set!! Because we are nearing December 1, this will be a quick giveaway, so enter now!
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Natalie, the creator of The Christmas Star from Afar, gave me free Star from Afar set to use in our family and share on the blog, but I’m not an affiliate for the company nor am I receiving any payment for this post. I just think it would be a fabulous addition to your Advent each year, and I’ve been so excited to share this product with you!