Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Our First Week of Christmas Fun

Christmas is in full swing here at our house. We have had tons of fun this week with all of our Advent plans!

To begin, here are a few pictures of our decorating fun! After the decorations were complete, we watched a Christmas movie and ate snowmen with marshmallow snow!

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In the evening, we have been working through Truth in the Tinsel. With each lesson, there is an ornament to make. We hang our ornaments on a small wooden tree. Some of the photos were taken before our ornaments were hung.

On Day one, we learned that Jesus is the Light of the world.

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On Day 2, we learned that Jesus is King.

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On Day 3, we learned about Zechariah. At first, he didn’t believe God’s promise for a son. Because of his unbelief, he was unable to talk until after John was born. For our ornament, we used a button to close his mouth.

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On Day 4, we learned about the angel Gabriel going to Mary to tell her she would be the mother of Jesus.

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On Day 5, we learned about Mary’s obedience to God’s plan.

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On Day 6, we talked about the excitement that Elizabeth and Mary must have had as they talked with each other about God’s plan. Our Elizabeth and Mary ornaments are pregnant! OOPS…I forgot to take a picture!

On Day 7, we learned about the song that Mary sang to worship God. We looked for the reasons she had to praise God and thought of our own reasons to praise God.

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If that wasn’t enough fun already…along with our family devotions, each day we are unwrapping a Christmas book and doing a simple activity to go with it. The kids look forward to the book and activity each day!

Day 1 – Snowmen at Christmas – We made cute snowman handprint ornaments.

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Day 2 – Mooseltoe – This was one of their favorite books. I didn’t get a picture of the finished product.

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Day 3 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas – We made green milkshakes and watched the original Grinch movie.

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Day 4 – Christmas Night Fair and Bright – No pictures, but after we read the book, they decorated the windows in their rooms with Nativity window clings. It amazes me how such a simple activity can be so exciting for a young child!

Day 5 – Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree – This was a very cute story. They made sugar cone Christmas trees. They had lots of fun eating while they were creating!

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Day 6 – Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend. They woke up to find new slippers filled with goodies, their new ornament for the year, and a chocolate “Santa turned St. Nicholas.” After reading the book, they got to open a present to share – the Playmobil Nativity Set.

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Later in the evening, they took an anonymous gift to a neighbors house just like Saint Nicholas used to leave anonymous gifts!december11 110

Day 7 – Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas – We made splendiferous Christmas cookies and had a Christmas tea party!

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It has been a great first week of December, and we look forward to all that is yet to come!

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Jolanthe Erb said...

What a FUN week!! Love all of the stuff that you did together...including the grinch shake. :) We are having much fun with the Truth in the Tinsel also!!

Stefanie said...

Fun week!! We're doing The Truth in the Tinsel. Great stuff.

Popping in from Preschool Corner.

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