The kids helped me make a yellow paper garland, cut with a fancy border which we strung above the counter. Front and center was the nativity cupcake scene. I printed out cross cupcake wrappers (with my new silhouette cameo!) and nativity silhouettes for cupcake toppers.
Yesterday the kids helped me bake a couple loaves of Three Kings Bread. A tasty sweet bread, it's packed with yummy additions of oranges, pineapple, coconut, raisins, and chocolate chips which represent the gifts offered to the infant Jesus.
Before we dug into our pizza and goodies we had a procession through the house.
The kids dressed up as the three kings, complete with gifts, and I held a paper star and a flashlight, leading the way.
We marched through the house, winding through the up and downstairs, singing We Three Kings as we made our way to the baby Jesus in the manger. When we arrived the kids all took turns placing their gift in front of him; small boxes of gold foil wrapped chocolates.
Then we said a short prayer and made our way to the dining room for our little feast. We all had a wonderful time, the kids even asked to march and sing some more after dinner; each taking turns being the star and guiding the way.
Dear Jesus, as You led the Three Kings to You by the light of a star, please draw us ever closer to You by the light of Faith. Help us to desire You as ardently as they did. Give us the grace to overcome all the obstacles that keep us far from You. May we, like them, have something to give You when we appear before You. Mary, Our Mother, help us to know Your Son. Amen.