“Why don’t we celebrate the days of Creation?”

This was the question posed by our son Wesley a while back.  And what a great question!

“We celebrate Jesus being born, and we celebrate Easter. Why don’t we celebrate when God created the whole world?”

As we discussed traditions and why we celebrate this or that it became clear that God was working in Wesley’s heart.

So we started praying and planning and Wesley’s question became an idea. We were going to celebrate the days of Creation and we were going to invite all of our friends to do it with us!

Spring Break was right around the corner so we quickly planned seven parties for the seven nights in a row that school was out. Each party was themed around a different day of creation.

We kept it simple so we could focus on our guests and honoring God. The last thing we wanted was to be stressed out!

This was our schedule:

  • Day 1– Day and Night – Glow Stick Dance Party

We moved most of the furniture out of the living room, made a playlist on YouTube, turned off all the lights and passed out glow stick bracelets at the door.

  • Day 2 – Water and Sky – Outdoor Game Night

The boys chose their favorite outdoor games and we all played them until dark.

  • Day 3 – Land, Sea and Vegetation – Apples to Apples Night

If you’ve never played this game you should. It’s always good for a few laughs.

  • Day 4 – Sun, Moon and Stars – Design Your Own Celestial T-Shirt Night

Supplies for this night included bleach pens, solid colored t-shirts and star stencils. You can find tutorials for making bleach pen t-shirts all over the internet.

  • Day 5 – Creatures of the Sea and Birds of the Air – Finding Nemo Movie Night

It was so fun to watch this movie with a crowd.

  • Day 6 – Land Animals and Man – Animal Charades

We filled a basket with the name of every animal we could think of, set our egos aside and acted like…well, animals…all to honor God. It was one of our favorite nights.

  • Day 7 – God Rested – Family and Friends Campout/Sleepover

We envisioned tents in our back yard and sleeping bags all over our floors. What ended up happening was a camp fire and party but no overnight guests. (Which honestly, after a week of partying, we were ok with.)

Each night we gave away a door prize that somehow related to the theme of that night. A flashlight on day one, sunglasses on day four…you get the idea. We provided easy snacks and alternative activities for little ones…crayons, sidewalk chalk, etc.

This was definitely one of the coolest things we’ve ever done as a family!

We’ve decided to do it again next year. Actually I’m hoping this will become a tradition and that I’ll be celebrating Creation with my grandchildren someday.

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