Christmas Scripture Hunt

Josh Davis   -  

After hearing from many people after yesterday’s sermon, I wanted to share our families Christmas Scripture Treasure Hunt with you. The hunt is something that I seriously enjoy so much! I look forward to it every year. I’m kind of a traditionalist when it comes to holidays, I think, meaning I like to do the same things that we have done for years in our family and messing with the rhythm of that is not fun. Our Treasure Hunt is always for our “BIG” present. It could range from the most costly to the most difficult to wrap, to the biggest. Whatever you choose, you want it to be worth the “hunt” for it and it needs to be engaging.
Here is how it worked in our house. A week or two before Christmas, my mom would find the end, where the presents would end up. After that you will need notecards, or some type of paper for writing the next clues on. Each card has one scripture on it that leads to the next clue. Then begin looking for items you can hide cards behind, under, on top of, inside of, etc. Here are a few examples:
We would get a card with the reference Exodus 16:4 on it. We will search and then read the verse aloud. Exodus 16:4 says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you.” So we would think of key words in that passage, it could be rain (rain gutters), Moses (Moses Figurine), Heaven (picture of the sky), or Bread (bread box). So we run around the house looking in the different areas until we find the next clue card with another reference on it. 
After we found the next card in the bread box, it would have another reference like Matthew 2:1-2 for example, “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” So again as kids we think about all the potential decor in the house and run all over looking for Jesus was born (nativity scenes), East (Compass), Star (stars/lights), etc. So we would run all over until we found the next clue. 
This would go on and on. Depending on the time investment my mom put in, we could have anywhere form 7-8 clues all the way to 20 or more clues. Then when we would get to the final clue, my mom would follow and make sure she was able to take all the pictures that she needed.
Things to note*

Make sure to number the note cards
Keep a master list of all the verses and where the clues are hidden.
Make sure you know what translation you used and what version your kids are reading from. (Different wordings can have significant impact on the clue.)

I hope this helps you have an incredible Christmas and add some Jesus into this holiday!
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