First we thought about our families-- parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren-- babies after babies. We remembered Abraham, who God promised many babies after babies (after babies, until one very special baby....).
Abraham's son Isaac needed a wife who loved God so that God could grow Abraham's family, just like he promised. Abraham asked his servant Elizer to go with God to find this woman. Elizer travel far when he became thirsty. He asked God to give him a sign if he found the woman: to offer him and his camel a drink of water. Rebeka was that woman and she agreed to marry Issac. Elizer gave her bracelets to show she was now part of Abraham's family, which is God's family.
We had Mark and Alex (THANK YOU!) come sing Father Abraham with us to remember how he "had many sons, and I am one of them and so are you, so let's just praise the Lord" (right arm, left arm...). If you know that song, maybe ask your kids to sing it with you at home (it's fun!). Also, we sang Away in the Manager, which we are learning for singing at Christmas.
Afterward, we made Cheerio bracelets, like Rebeka's bracelet, to remember that we are part of God's family too. We also helped make a collage of pictures of families to remember that God loves families.
Anyway-- a lot of metaphors packed in there-- hopefully they remember a little bit of it all, like Abraham having babies after babies, as we prepare for the one special baby. Advent begins the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so all of our stories from the Old Testament from here on out will point to that very special baby, more specifically after Thanksgiving.
The kids are honestly doing great! Lots of them today, but they all did really well with a very long story and complicated craft-- whoo hoo!