Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Birthday, Jesus- A GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to commenter #23 {says Random.org}, the WINNER! That's Annan T. and I will get in touch with you ASAP!
Congrats, Annan!

When my friends at Dayspring saw that Henry was not a fan of Santa, they asked if they could send me a Happy Birthday, Jesus package to see if he liked that any better.

Funny thing is, they had already given me one at She Speaks this summer and I had tucked it away in a special place to remember it. Except that I had completely forgotten it.
I'm sure you don't ever do this, right?

I was so excited to pull it out and have a Happy Birthday, Jesus party this week! My parents have been here all week, so mom was behind the scenes helping me pull this together. She's a little blog shy, but know that I didn't come this organized; I had help!

Party pack
The Happy Birthday, Jesus set comes with a guidebook, candles, plates, napkins, noisemakers, balloons and a banner. There is also a HUGE interactive portion online that includes games and activities that we LOVE!

The Really Woolly line is focused around these adorable lambs {Jacob and Grace; they are brother and sister} who learn about Jesus. We have the fantastic movie that comes with the package, as well! The truth is, I was a little skeptical because they aren't the Wonder Pets or Dora, but Ollie loves them. As in, he has the stuffed animals and is sleeping with them now because they are his "new friends".
Happy Birthday, Jesus!
To start the party, our head chef put on his apron to cook some gourmet cookies. child apron
Or else it was just a Target brand pre-packaged version of cookies. Either way, he mixed. The chef
Then we cut out some Christmas shapes while Henry found the horns. H loves the horns
This was WAY better than meeting Santa!Fun party
Then, while the cookies were baking, I brought out our stuffed nativity {not from Dayspring- so sorry! I don't know where you can get them! It was a shower gift when I was pregnant with Ollie 4 + years ago, but I will research for you.} to act out the story of Jesus's birthday. Banner
This nativity rocks because it is really interactive. Nativity
And you don't have to glue the wiseman's "feet" back one like I've had to do with our real one once already this year.
H with wiseman
Then the cookies were done and we got to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and blow out the candles!
birthday candle
birthday candles
By far, this was the most fun and meaningful thing I have done with my children this Christmas. They REALLY got it- especially Ollie {4}- probably because we go to birthday parties pretty often. With a little bit of effort, we got together a family birthday party for Jesus, told the story of His birth a couple of times {with nativity and provided sticker and story book} and the kids had a blast!

They asked if we could have a party for Jesus every day.

Sound like fun? Well I want you to be able to have fun, too!

Dayspring generously sent a package and some goodies for you, as well!
Here is the giveaway:
One lucky winner will receive a Happy Birthday, Jesus package for your own party PLUS an adult Christmas apron with TWO matching child aprons {you'll notice my child #2 wasn't cooperating for the apron picture, but there are two aprons}.
mother and child aprons
Where was that child #2, you ask?
Still playing with the horns and loving every minute of it.
It's a party

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post {click the button WAY down at the bottom of THIS post that says COMMENTS}. And be sure to leave your e-mail address if you want me to be able to contact you! If you don't have this set up through Blogger, here's how to do it.
One comment per person, please.
And I will get choose a winner randomly on Monday, 12/ 21! YIKES! Fast!!

That way I can be sure to mail this to you before Christmas. I super, double promise it will be there before Christmas.
{Or else I will punish myself by locking me and Henry in a room together with the horns. And that is no way to spend Christmas. Really- it's not that bad; he loves them!}

Good luck!

57 comments:

Kerri Sheffield (kerbair21@hotmail.com) said...

Wow this sounds really cool! It looks like the boys really enjoyed it. I bet my girls would like it too. (Well the youngest when she gets a little older.)

Christine McCann (christinemccann2005@yahoo.com) said...

LOVE IT! Great idea and what a way to celebrate the message of Jesus!! And I absolutely LOVE the interactive nativity scene! I WANT ONE!! Always love your blogs, girl! Keep up the good work!!

The Coops said...

I love the Happy Birthday Jesus Party! What a great way to celebrate the season. Also you have to tell where to get the nativity, i Love that.

jcole said...

I am already planning our Jesus Birthday party. Thanks for inviting me to your blog. I look forward to reading often!

Merry Christmas!

Julie Cole

julie.cole1@live.com

CR said...

Love the idea! Had baked cupcakes on Christmas day last year, but this is even better with the plates and storybook, etc. Please include me in the contest: christyryals@gmail.com. I'm Chris and Shannon's cousin. I saw you at Kidventure when I was very pregnant this summer. I actually found this blog through a friend later and was like, hey, I know her! I love your blog!!!

Our Family said...

Love the decorations! What a wonderful way to celebrate Jesus birthday. Hope all is well. Merry Christmas, Ana

Jenny said...

We started baking a birthday cake for Jesus last year, and it was a great way to start off Christmas morning! The kids were almost more excited about having cake for breakfast than seeing what Santa brought. :) I've gotta look into one of those nativity scenes, too, because I keep waiting for my ceramic baby Jesus to be dropped on his head. Great ideas, Hillary...thanks!

*Sarah* said...

Hillary, I LOVE your blog! This is the first time I've gotten to actually sit down and read it! I just love it. Thank you for inviting me to read it. And thank you so much for all your help this semester. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I will see you in January!

pendy said...

What a cute felt nativity...so perfect for little hands (until they rip the wise man's feet off, I guess). Love these aprons...have tried to win them elsewhere to no avail.

dmike8 said...

Hillary! What a great idea. I've been trying to figure out how to make the Christmas connection for Els. I think we'll have to have a Happy Birthday Jesus Party of our own. She'll totally get it!
Thanks for the great idea and Merry Christmas to you!
Love,
Cate

Tina said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE this party set!! The aprons are awesome too. I would love to have this set for the birthday cake we will be baking for Jesus!

Have a Merry Christmas!!

sherrypg said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Matt, Carrie, Lucy and Molly Allen said...

oooooh! i love this. it is so cute! pick me!

Jessica said...

Love it! We'd love to have a party at our house too!

VanderbiltWife said...

Aw, I saw this or something very similar at the LifeWay store this week! So cute! I love those little DaySpring lambs to death.

My MIL always has a Happy Birthday Jesus coffee cake for Christmas morning breakfast, and I know she would love having these things for the party!

Jessie

Mama said...

I've never seen anything like this before! What a great concept!!!

Thanks for the giveaway!
averybryce@hotmail.com

Jackie Anglin said...

So cute! I have never seen this package. My little 3-year old will love it!!
jackieanglin@hotmail.com

Amanda said...

Very cute! My sister-in-law was telling my nephew about Christmas being Jesus' birthday and he asked if Jesus was going to give him a goody bag. Does it come with goody bags? Ha!

Bowerman Blessed said...

What a super idea! My kids would love this. Definitely have to get your nativity set. Love it as well.
paigebowerman@comcast.net

Amy Kennedy said...

Pick me! I would love to win! That's a very sweet tradition to start doing the party w/just your family every Christmas. Oh and we received a stuffed nativity scene this year and it's from Lillian Vernon catalog. But I think yours has a few more pieces than ours-no wisemen for us. Merry Christmas!!

Brandon said...

such fun! we were already planning on making a cake for Jesus on Christmas....so this would just double the fun!

Lindsey said...

i'm in!

chrisannan said...

What a great idea!!!! Must try this!!
-Annan
chrisannan@juno.com

April said...

What a great giveaway! Please do some investigating and see if you can come up with where your nativity came from....LOVE IT!

aprilmc79@aol.com

Lori said...

Oh my goodness - this post is so timely! I've just decided to have a Happy Birthday Jesus party and invite all of the girls' friends. Fingers quadruple crossed - glad that you had a fun party! :)

BASSakward Tales said...

hill that is an awesome idea....i would LURVE to have this party with my three neices...pick me pick me

Whitney said...

It looks like y'all had a great time. I love the photos!

amydc said...

The nativity looks very cute.
I love the shelf in the corner with the pic frames & sheperds/wisemen on it. Where did you get it?

Scott & Liz said...

We have the Little People Nativity set (a church rummage sale treasure!), and KP has put all the animals-- even those from Noah's Ark-- around Baby Jesus, because "the animals like him better." Poor Mary & Joseph. That "Happy Birthday, Jesus" set is cute, but if we win it, it better come with a whole lot more candles. KP keeps reminding me that Jesus will be 2009 years old this Christmas!

Sarah said...

What a fantastic idea! We do make Jesus' birthday cake every Christmas Eve. Fun, fun stuff!! Wonderful giveaway :)

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

Cute stuff, Hil! We've gone to a Happy Birthday, Jesus party before and it would be so fun to host one.

Merry, merry Christmas!

Darby said...

Sounds wonderful... sign me up!!

Carrie said...

Yea! Happy Birthday Jesus! I know O-man really got into the spirit, and now I'm sure Henry is all about Christmas thanks to the horns. So cute.

Jeremy and Michelle said...

We would love this! My boys are a little over 2 and 1 and this year we are planning on starting celebrating Jesus' birthday on Christmas morning so this would be great!
My email is michelleallen0@gmail.com

Eve said...

What a great idea! That sounds like something Genna would totally get into. She has loved playing with our nativity this year as well as her Little People nativity.

Kim said...

Very cool! That looks like fun!

Krista said...

This is such a great idea! I've been hearing a lot about people making cakes and celebrating Jesus's birthday, but this is super cute! Sign me up, my boys would love it!

marge said...

we keep a nativity scene at our dining room table and at breakfast, we read the story of the birth of Jesus and then we play with the figures of the nativity scene. my son loves it!

Tina said...

I LOVE this idea!! sounds like a great way of celebrating the birth of Jesus!!
thank you for having a drawing!!

I love your blog too!!

Merry Christmas!!
Tina
mom_bjl@hotmail.com

kristi said...

What a fantastic idea!!

Doina said...

I love the Happy Birthday Jesus Party!
andumuresan@yahoo.com

Dawn said...

hey hillary! your birthday party is so great... beautiful in fact! what a great set... i have never seen it! if i don't win i'll definitely be looking for this for my niece & nephew :)

Christi said...

What a great idea! Nate is very into birthday parties right now, so this would probably make much more sense to him as well :) Thanks for your cute blog, Hillary.

Jamie said...

We would LOVE to have the birthday party pack. We've been looking for ways to make Christmas more meaningful for our five year old and I think this is the answer. Thanks so much for introducing us to it. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Holley Gerth said...

You and your sweet family are so stinkin' adorable! This comment does not count as an entry--just couldn't help saying how cute y'all are!! (:

Donna said...

Is this a christmas present to yourself- filling up your comment box to max capacity? haha! I LOVE this idea and have always loved the wolly cards. Pick me pick me!!

The Incredible Shrinking Woman said...

So sweet that you did this! The kids at the Hester House of Mayhem now know there is no such thing as Santa, so we have been focusing more on being kind and spreading God's word. It's actually kinda nice. I'm with H on this one. Santa does get a little creepy... Jesus is WAY cooler! ;)

servantsheart.wordpress.com said...

I love those aprons. I bought one for each of my girls for Christmas!

The Lemmings' Family said...

I hope we win. What a neat idea!

jhlemmings at yahoo.com

Ashley said...

Wow, what a great give a way! I would love that!
Ashley
ashleyandcraig@msn.com

Elyse said...

Pick me! Pick me! elyse.corbitt@gmail.com

susanv said...

This is great. We did this last year, but would love to have all the cute party supplies this year!

Kelly said...

Pick me! Pick me!

The HoneaBees said...

i would love one! We are trying to start young with pushing the 'real' reason for the season around here. not just the presents.

Anonymous said...

Adorable, and such a great idea. My little man is only 1 but was very afraid of Santa this year (didn't surprise me a bit though!) I've been trying to think up a new tradition for our family to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. What a wonderful, creative, and FUN idea!!! Way to go, looks like a homerun at your house!:)
CourtneyP14

Katie said...

Fun Fun! I'm catching up on your blog and entering a give-away! We're all in!

Faith said...

We've had several Happy Birthday Jesus parties through church before, but I never knew they made personalized things for them. How cute!! Merry Christmas!!

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