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Giving Thanks, The Gateway to Christmas
Category: Holidays
Tags: Thanksgiving fun giving thanks

 

STARTING CHRISTMAS EARLY

I’ve always felt a bit frustrated with how early Christmas starts for retailers.

  • We celebrate Advent and put our tree up the weekend before Christmas.
  • Celebrating the 10 days of Christmas goes to Epiphany so we try to leave our tree up until then.
  • Cutting our own tree allows us to keep it up longer.
  • I use the children’s Christmas stockings to give them each a small gift each day of the 10 days of Christmas so that makes it fun long after the official gift opening. 

THEN I RECEIVED THIS EMAIL FROM HEATHER HART FROM BOOKS, FAITH, AND COFFEE.

I love Thanksgiving. Partly because I love turkey, partly because I get to spend time with family, and partly because it’s the gateway to Christmas.

I have family coming in this week and am looking forward to Thanksgiving day, but in the back of my mind I know that Christmas is coming.

The last couple of years the holiday season has come and gone so quickly that I almost missed it. It was New Year’s Eve and I wasn’t even ready for Thanksgiving. This year I want it to be different.

I WANT TO CELEBRATE THIS SEASON TO THE FULLEST.

And part of that came from not holding Christmas at bay until Thanksgiving was gone. It came from learning to look at Thanksgiving as the gateway to Christmas. Yes, it is its own holiday, but it’s the start of such a wonderful season.

Thanksgiving prepares our hearts (and our homes) for the holiday season. It shifts us from our self-focus that lasts most of the year, to an attitude of gratitude. To be thankful for all that we have.

Our town is already sprinkled with Christmas lights. The stores are filled with holiday cheer. And one of the things I am most thankful for is Christmas. I am so thankful that God sent His Son to be born in a manger.

I’D NEVER THOUGHT OF THANKSGIVING AS THE GATEWAY TO CHRISTMAS BEFORE.

It was a wonderful thought as I considered all believers giving thanks as they enter into Advent and all the way up to Christmas.

My heart has been changed. In fact, we are putting our tree up today! And decorating! And I’ve already done some shopping.

You can see the heart change from the article I wrote recently – Can You Believe…Christmas Planning Before Thanksgiving?

Thank you, Heather, for opening my heart to a new way of looking at this.

May the Lord bless you this holiday season.

 

 

 

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CELEBRATING FATHER’S DAY
Category: Parenting
Tags: Father's Day family fun cabin

FATHER’S DAY

For the past 27 years we have been at this cabin on Father’s Day.

  • That means we’ve had to plan ahead for how we will celebrate.
  • We usually do breakfast in bed, which was so much fun when our children were young. They were 4, 2, and 3 months old the first year we came here.
  • Our standard breakfast has been bacon, eggs, and cinnamon rolls – the kind from a can – not homemade. Sorry – I just wasn’t up to it when the children were so young, and now it’s a tradition.
  • We have so many traditions for our time at the cabin that we can no longer fit them all in.
  • This is the one place anyone who wants can choose a box of cereal that they especially want – even sugared ones.
  • We can do pretty much what we want, as long as we are considerate of others.
Captain swimming

Captain loves swimming most of all.

On a walk our kids saw a dead baby raccoon with a sibling.

 

As they got closer the live one got on top of the dead one, seeming to protect him.

We did a lot of science here – dissecting fish while the were being cleaned, and catching snakes and frogs. We even heard a frog cry when a snake was eating him. I couldn’t watch.

We always find monarch butterfly cocoons and take them home to watch them open and allow them to go free.

How do you celebrate Father’s Day? Please share in the comments.

 

 

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Your Opportunity to Study Christmas Around the World
Category: Holidays
Tags: Christmas countries unit study family fun homeschool

This book makes me wish I had young children again.

What a fun way to learn about Christmas in different countries and study some geography at the same time.

There are 30 lessons in this book based on the Christmas celebrations of 30 different countries. Each lesson could take as little as 10 minutes to read and discuss, or as much as a day or two of school hours to complete the extra reading and activities. It is designed to be very flexible so that you can choose to use it either as a Unity Study complete 6-week curriculum, or as an additional resource to enhance your regular homeschool material.

Putting together material of this amount would take you many hours of research but Katie has done it for you.

Each lesson contains:

  • Several Pages of information about Christmas in that country
  • Information on traditions/culture, writing, reading, history, geography, math, music, science and art.
  • There are links to additional information, printables, activities and online resources.
  • Book lists for further reading along with information on how to find them and an online list for internet links to each book.
  • Four reproducible pages: art coloring page, journal page, geography notebooking page, and a fourth page that changes from lesson to lesson. These pages vary in style so your children wont get bored.
  • These lessons are easily adapted for children of various ages.

Click on any image orhereto buy your copy so you can use it during the weeks that lead up to Christmas.

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