How to add Christ to Christmas without being a "Preachy Mom"
Hi there. I'm Bethany Brevard, I'm a wife. I'm a mom. I'm a puppy lover. I'm an over exclamation point user. I'm also a Christian turned children's book author, but I'm a “Wallflower Christian”.
And so what does that mean?
That means I like to sit on the back Pew of a church and take what I learned and put it into practice, but I don't actually like to scream it from the top of the church tower, it’s just not in my DNA.
And so you may be like me, I'm a mom who wants to teach her children Christian values, but I want to do it without being preachy. So if you're anything like me, and this is something that touches your heart and something that you want to do, but you're not quite sure how to do it. Stay tuned because I wrote a book about it and I want to share it with you.
So how did I write a book about Jesus and Christmas without being preachy?
Well, I took a 1970s childhood Christmas ornament, and started a bedtime story about it. And it's a parable and I know what you're thinking. Huh? Somebody else used to teach in parables a lot. That's right. Jesus. And I figure if it works for Jesus, it will work for me too.
So that's what we did. So we took a 1970s Christmas ornament of a little mouse that hangs in the Christmas tree and we turned it into a bedtime story for our kids. And so it always started with:
"Tis’ the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature is stirring except one little mouse."
And so I would ask my children, what does a little mouse do to make his home ready for Santa Claus and for Christmas? And so they would come up with all these cute little things like taste, testing the cookies and sewing the hole on the stocking that mom never got to. And I still don't think I've gotten to.
Over the course of the last 10 or more years, my family has had this bedtime story and I finally stopped procrastinating and I wrote a book about it. And our hope is that our family's tradition will become your family's tradition. And you can teach your children about small acts of kindness and how that they are not too little to make an impact and make a difference in this world. So in this book about a little mouse who sleeps in the hammock, we are teaching all about small acts of kindness through a parable, but what we're really doing is teaching children to care for other children. So in the back of the book, there's a section that talks about Mouse's Mission.
Our little mouse is on a mission and his mission is to teach children if they are not too small, to make a difference in the lives of others, specifically the lives of other children around the world.
So with that, a portion of the proceeds of every book purchased goes to an orphanage in Haiti and in the back of the book, we write about this, but we write about it on linked in language that a five-year-old can understand. So it's not written for the parents. It is written specifically for the children and it is written for them and to them to let them know what a great job that they have done by helping these other children simply by buying this book. And so we like to say that we always take it one step further by not just creating a story that empowers children to help others, but we actually have children really helping children because each book purchase helps them more than you could ever know.
So thank you for your purchase. Thank you for your reviews.
Thank you for enjoying the mouse story and Merry Christmas.