The Real reason behind Christmas- Ways to savor the season 1/16

JMJ  *Since, Jesus is the real reason for this season,  today I am suggesting reading a story of the nativity to your family, or perhaps watching a movie based on the events of Christmas.  The recent Nativity Story movie I personally believe is beautiful. 

Ring the School Bell 62/180 Days

The big commercial engines have started, with Black Friday deals and CyberMonday specials.  But is that what Christmas is all about?

Too often, it seems that half of the Christmas season is gone before even having the chance to get into the spirit of it all.  That is why I decided to take a little break from the ordinary, and remind myself as well as readers, of little things we can do to get in the spirit of Christmas.

Every day for 16 days, you will find little things which are inexpensive, involve little to no preparation, for family and close friends to enjoy together.  Maybe a few new things you can add to your Christmas bucket list, but these are mostly traditional ideas that have a timeless quality to them.

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I will be doing the activities too.  So, you see, you are also helping me to get in the spirit of Christmas.

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Webkinz Nativity complete with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

Since, Jesus is the real reason for this season,  today I am suggesting reading the story of the nativity to your family, or perhaps watching a movie based on the events of Christmas.  The recent Nativity Story movie I personally believe is beautiful.  Since they were making a full-length movie, they did put in some of their own interpretation of personalities and such, but overall the message is pure and simple.  Start the season with the true meaning of Christmas, instead of waiting until Christmas Eve to discuss the great event.

The Nativity Story

The following book is illustrated with beautiful paintings from The National Gallery in London.  The words inside are taken directly from the book of the prophet Isaiah as well as the gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke.
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I found a great, free, downloadable Advent calendar from Focus on the Family described as follows in their magazine:
“Advent this year begins on Dec. 3, 2017. Count down to Christmas as a family with 23 days of Scripture readings and devotions. Each day kids will get a new object or Bible character to create their own Nativity scene!”
Here is the link.   www.focusonthefamily.com/advent

 

On the homefront today…

Christmastime is here, but school is still in session!  Uncle Paul, our beloved screenplay writing uncle, assisted Sabrina today, on yet another essay.   The deadline for this particular essay was midnight and she certainly cut it close again.  It is not even my essay, but I was certainly watching that clock as she was polishing it up.  And yes, it was submitted a few minutes before the clock struck twelve! I am trying hard not to be the hovering parent, but sometimes when it gets close to those deadlines, it is very difficult not to be that way!

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

Start here to get the story from the very beginning:

https://onceuponaschoolhouse.wordpress.com/?s=what+comes+to+mind

Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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