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Bake Around the World at Christmas

I love the food associated with Christmas. Christmas is a time of feasting. A time we come together with those we love and deepen our relationships, whilst sharing wonderful food. Different countries around the world have fantastic traditions around food, that can add a depth to our own celebrations. Here are a few to try, that will gladden the hearts of all those around your table. So use the season as an excuse to bake your way around the world. Gingerbread Men We eat gingerbread men around the 6th December to coincide with St. Nicholas Day. We read the lovely book The Baker’s Dozen by Aaron Shepard. The book shares the tradition of making St. Nicholas Day cookies within the Dutch culture. Cougnou: Jesus Bread from Belgium We made this beautiful bread a few years ago. It is an easy bread to make, although my bread shaping skills are not good. When I made them I just baked them as little rolls. They are meant to be shaped to resemble the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes! St. Lucia Buns St. Lucia buns are a traditional bread from Sweden made at Christmas. Stollen Stollen is a German bread with marzipan in the centre. The marzipan is meant to represent baby Jesus (yes another baby Jesus in a bread creation!). These are absolutely delicious. Baklava Baklava is a traditional sweet pastry dish from the Middle East, although Greece also have a tradition of making Baklava as well. The pastry is filled with nuts, honey and spices. Epiphany Cake: Dreik√∂nigskuchen This is a cake made for Epiphany in Liechtenstein. It remembers the Wise Men visiting the baby Jesus. Again it is another bread recipe, but it looks amazing! A traditional Christmas Cake Christmas really wouldn’t be Christmas without the smell of a proper Christmas cake baking in the house. This is a tradition handed down the generations of women in my family. And although I love exploring the food cultures in other countries this very British cake is a must. I have linked to Mary Berry’s recipe. This is a big cake, but it keeps for ages. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

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...
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