What a blessing it is to see our children grasp at an early age how wonderful the season of Advent truly is. It is the celebration of God coming to Earth in human flesh as the Babe of Bethlehem, later to grow into the Son of Man who died for us. The thought of God becoming flesh gives us a heart-stopping pause at His great love for us. How do we celebrate this wonderful news? Are you looking for fresh ways to celebrate the coming of our Lord to Earth?
Reading a portion of the Christmas story each day from several passages of Scripture allows a few minutes of daily reflection on the significance of this amazing gift. You can encourage your children to write or recite key verses from Luke 2 or Matthew 1, and sing Christmas carols together as a family!
Don’t keep the Good News to yourself. One idea is to visit a nursing home. The residents will appreciate a handwritten card with one of the Bible verses on it, and some Christmas treats to enjoy or share with others. You can also invite other homeschoolers to write cards, bake treats, and go with you. Have the group join as a choir and sing those wonderful Christmas carols. If a child plays a musical instrument, Christmas is a marvelous time to use that gift for spreading joy to others. Besides nursing homes, there are also many shut-ins or neighbors who would be overjoyed to receive a visit, a card, or some fresh homemade goodies!
The ideas I shared above bring back many happy memories of days spent with our daughter when she was homeschooled. There are many websites which give suggestions of things to do each day of December. Here are two of those sites which contain numerous and wonderful ideas:
- Advent Activities from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- Free Printable Advent Activities Calendar from My Joy Filled Life
Whether our children participate in some activity every day or just every now and then to prepare for the advent of our Lord, we are teaching them about the importance of celebrating Christ in Christmas. In the busyness of the season, it’s good to pause and reflect on why Christ came–this is the most important activity of all! May we all say, as the angels who appeared to the shepherds declared from the heavens,”Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, good will to men”.
This post was written by Letitia Taylor. Letitia is an elementary counselor with South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS). She has worked at SCAIHS since 2000 and graduated her daughter after 13 years of homeschooling. She enjoys her family, teaching, history, travel, piano, baking, and sports.