In the storybook, The Misfit Sock, a sock loses its perfect match in
the laundry cycle and is immediately thrown into the “misfit sock” pile.
Fearing it would never to be worn again, loved again or reunited with its perfect match, the sock becomes very sad and loses HOPE until it meets the magnificent spirit of Christmas.
When we lose HOPE, we lose our passion and sense of purpose. In a child's mind the feeling of hopelessness is magnified. The scene in the story is a great catalyst for conversation on where we see God in HOPE and explore what gives us HOPE when we are feeling lost and alone.
Using a misfit sock as an example, begin a conversation about the many people in the world who don't feel loved. Many feel lost or have lost someone that they have loved deeply and don't know how to go on...
• Ask the children to think about those feelings.
• Ask them if people, like socks, might feel like misfits, too?
• What makes someone feel like a misfit? Do they think people with
special talents or challenges might feel like misfits?
• Have the kids define what they think “misfit” means to them?
• Ask them to think about doing something special for someone that feels sad or feels out of place. What could they do?
Make a list of ideas. Ask each child to plan something special for that person
and make a difference in their lives, if even for a day.
God makes us MISFIT STRONG. #misfitstrong
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So often, children who feel like "misfits" or marginalized in some way lose hope in their heart and in life. In The Misfit Sock storybook that ‘s what happens to the misfit sock after it loses its perfect match in the laundry room and becomes labeled a “misfit” and thrown into a “misfit” pile. From that moment forward, the sock loses its identity and hope for the future.
Children who feel like “misfits” might be:
• Ignored constantly
• Excluded from " the group"
• A victim of rumors being spread about them
• Made fun of
* Extremely talented or have challenges
It is easy for children to feel invisible when they feel like “misfits, “especially when no one seems to even remember their name. The next activity shines both light and hope using a misfit sock. Children take a misfit sock, decorate it and then name their sock. Dressing up the sock and attaching a name to the sock gives the child a sense of power, dignity and ownership. It’s a good idea for children to share the name of their sock with others and why they decorated it the way they did.
Hang the socks on a string with clothespins around the room/classroom/home.
CHAIN OF HOPE
Another idea is to have each child hold a misfit sock and a safety pin. Have each child pin their sock to another child's sock and make a long chain. Again, the chain becomes a symbol of community, togetherness. The children are reminded that we are all magnificent misfits, different in every way, just the way God planned, and that we all need each other and need to feel connected.
Advent means “coming,” “arriving.” Who is coming? JESUS. He came the first time when He was born in Bethlehem, but Jesus continues to come into out lives. Advent then means hope. It is the season of hope, a journey with a thousand hopes always on the way.
Think back to God's promise to Mary, that she would give birth to a Savior. Mary had great HOPE, knowing that God spoke the truth. Mary believed.
A LESSON in HOPE: The Birth of Jesus Christ
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.