Monday, December 1, 2014

2014 Christmas Fun, Day 1!

Oh, the joys of the Christmas season!  The magic that fills the house; the smells of cider and cinnamon spices that fill the air; the lights on the tree that bring a special glow to the room; the joy of learning more about Jesus and the focus on Him throughout the month. 

We have mixture in our house of our focus on the birth of Christ and the pure magic of the season.  Yes, we do 'Santa Claus' and 'Rudolph candy' and 'Elf on the Shelf'.  We combine it all into a month of fun and excitement.  Family traditions are alive and well, but as the children get older, I have started the shift to more of the pure meaning of the season.  Our discussions of the holiday have become more focused on Him and others. 

This year, our elf Tinsel is bringing with him a bit of fun daily in the form of an activity and a little joke.  However, he is also bringing a piece of the Nativity story and a prophecy card for us to learn more about Jesus. 

I am using the Christmas ADVENTures in Prophecy cards from the blog A Virtuous Woman.   We read the prophecy and then the fulfillment of the the prophecy.  Next, we discuss both the prophecy and fulfillment.  Egee likes this part. 

After, we complete the prophecy card activity, we read the Nativity card.  I used DLTK's Crafts for Kids site for the cards.  Once we read and discuss the card, the children color the picture and then we hang the card on our advent countdown. 

Next, comes our school work.  I just love the Charlotte Mason style work!  For the holiday season, I have made the lessons extra nice and short.  We will hit the books harder in January.

Once the school work is complete, we do the activity.  Different types of activities each day keeps the kids guessing what fun will be had.

Tinsel arrived on Saturday with a letter to kick off the upcoming fun.

Sunday, he left a note and joke for the children.  They decorated the tree after we got home from church.

Today, began the advent countdown.  He was one busy elf last night hanging all the cards for today!

Egee's card is shown.  Little Man's card is on the other side.

Trying to build a reindeer for one of Frosty's friends.

The children had fun doing all the activities.  We can't wait for tomorrow!