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Advent Bible Study for the Whole Family

Christmas is coming! Children have growing levels of excitement! Advent is a wonderful time not to only teach the “Christmas Story” but to delve deeper into why Jesus came. It is a time where you can go back to the beginning and explore the Word, to take a journey from Genesis to the manger in Bethlehem. We often do some sort of Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree is a French tradition which his growing in popularity within the modern evangelical church. For a Jesse Tree you make different ornaments, with symbolic meaning. These tell the story from the Garden of Eden, to Fall, Noah’s Ark, Abraham, the Law and Prophets all the way to the birth of Jesus. There are many sites where you can print Jesse Tree ornaments to make with children. We also use a simple Bible Study, suitable for younger children, so the whole family can take part. I found one by Ann Voskamp on the Homelife website. This Advent Bible Study is a perfect length to use with children, and can easily be used along with a Jesse Tree. Jesse Tree Links A Holy Experience Jesse Tree Faithful Provisions The Crafty Journal Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

10 Things I Love About Christmas

There is something very special about Christmas, that runs deeper than all the gifts and busyness. I love this time of year. There is something very comforting about Christmas and the run up to it. I have been trying to pin-point exactly what it that makes Christmas so very special. There is no single thing, though. Each of us takes in to each new Christmas the happy memories of Christmases past, and the anticipation of Christmas present. We catch the excitement of those around us… I do think to be surrounded by children at Christmas heightens the experience. Here is my top ten things I love about Christmas: 1. Carols I love traditional Chritmas carols. The make me feel safe, They remind me of my childhood. I use to, as a teenager, listen to Carols from Kings, as I wrapped Christmas Presents- a tradition inherited from my father. I added to the tradition with the lighting of candles. In my pre-baby stage of life I also loved going to watch night services on Christmas Eve. Now I am satified with the traditional Carols courtesy of Classic FM! 2. Christmas Food Again Christmas food is so very comforting. Imagine how truly bleak mid-winter would be without the glorious smells and tastes of Christmas cuisine. It is a time to indulge on fine chocolate, fabulous spiced breads and cakes, brandy butter, Christmas puddings and truffles, chestnuts… is there a finer meal than a full Christmas dinner, and the wonderful aromas that accompany it? 3. Decorations I am not one for those vast vulgar displays of Christmas illuminations, we seem to have inherited from our American cousins. But I do love tasteful Christmas decorations; although when your home is decorated by young children tasteful is out and a degree of vulgar is in! But again how bleak December would be without the twinkling of fairy lights, and the flickering of candles? 4. That Excited Feeling of Anticpation The air is heavy with it at this time of year. what more can be said! 5. The Peace of Christmas As I grow older amidst the busyness and the excitement I am aware of a peace that is found at Christmas. I put it down to the change of focus from the worldly to the heavenly; from self to others. At Christmas we do think more of family and focus more on those we love. Giving is so much the heart of God, the nature of the divine. As people slow down, as work ceases, as shops and pubs close a stillness can descend,...

Christmas Star Template

Star Crafts and Christmas are a match made in the twinkly heavens!! We used this template to cut out a star shape from the middle of a piece of card, and then glue tissue paper on the back. This makes a lovely decoration to stick on a glass door, as the light shines though. But a star template is very versatile… always handy to know where to find one! star template Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Christmas Sentence Unscramble: Primary 1/2 (Kindergarten/Grade1)...

We have been learning the basics of sentence structure i.e. sentences start with capitals, and end with full stops. As it’s Christmas I thought on this last week before the Christmas break we would slow down, but still do a little school… with a more festive flavour! So here is a few sheets, with Christmas colouring sheets, and jumbled up sentences. The child has to cut the words out, then glue them beside the picture in the correct order. Christmas sentence unscramble Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Frugal Ideas of Family Activities this Advent

I love Christmas, I love the run up to it all. And now we are in December it is time to throw ourselves into the festive spirit. Year in year out Christmas comes, and the financial pressure mounts- it’s all just so expensive! But Christmas is not about how much we spend, it’s about family, love… worship, Christ. I want to create the memories of fab Christmases, but I don’t want to feel totally stressed by the financial pressure. So here are some Christmas ideas to bring joy to the home, but not break the bank! 1.Make Christmas Tree Decorations Make a salt dough ornament: 2 cups flour 1 cup water ½ cup salt 1 tsp instant coffee Mix the coffee into the water (this gives a bit of colour, leave out if you like). Then mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the water, and knead into a dough. Use cookie cutters to make Christmas shapes. Put a hole in the top with a straw or pencil. Bake in a cool oven- 170° for about 1 hour 15 mins, until the dough is hard. When cold decorate the shapes and tie for cord to them so they can hang off the tree. 2. Visit a Christmas Market Even if you are not buying, they are really beautiful! 3. Homemade Christmas Presents These have the double benefit- do something for someone else, plus you make someones present. We have annual stand-bys in the this department- both curtesy of Nigella Lawson! Her Christmas cookies, and her Chilli Jam. The Chilli Jam is gorgeous, I make sure to make enough to have a small jar for us! 4. Christmas Crafts! I loved Christmas crafts at school, and this is a time of year you can make lots of different Crafts and use them to decorate the house! I found this site a few years ago- don’t be fooled by it’s appearance, it is a goldmine of great craft ideas for Christmas Audrey’s Christmas Page 5. Christmas Letter Writing I write a Christmas letter every year to send out in Christmas cards, this year The Girl will be doing likewise. She can tell distant family and friends what she has been up to this year. 6. Christmas Card Making Honestly I can’t be bothered by cards. Mass produced, bits of card, that clutter up the mantle piece. I object to having to spend money on something that is going to end up in the recycling box. BUT I do like something that has meaning. When children put some effort into making cards...
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