Category Archives: holidays

free Jesse Tree Advent Devotional

Ann Voskamp has rewritten her Jesse Tree Advent devotional, The Glorious Coming, and you can download A Jesus Advent Celebration free at her site! Just go to this page and follow the instructions in the blue box at the bottom of the page to access the free download.

on questions and unexpected answers

Asking questions can be a tool for determining a child’s comprehension. But how the person being asked a question answers it depends on how she perceives the question. The question I think I’m asking isn’t necessarily the question my daughter hears.

While talking to my daughter about her school’s combined kindergarten Thanksgiving feast the other day, I asked her who the Pilgrims were. Her reply: “the other class.”

I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Plimoth Plantation virtual field trip

Scholastic has some good Thanksgiving lessons and activities for different grade levels on its First Thanksgiving site, including a virtual field trip of the Plimoth Plantation, which you can see here.

TOS Digital Holiday Supplement

The Old Schoolhouse is offering a free Digital Holiday Supplement for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Go here to view this digital magazine online or download a PDF version. It includes articles, activities, recipes, and more.

Operation Christmas Child

National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is November 15–22, so get your shoebox packed soon! I’ve written about Operation Christmas Child before and am a supporter of Samaritan’s Purse and their annual shoebox project. Last year my girls and I had the opportunity to participate in Family Day at the Denver OCC processing center and enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the shoeboxes are sorted and reach their final destination. Now where did I put that bag of items I’ve been collecting since earlier in the year?

Time to start thinking about Christmas cards (no, really!)

This year brought many changes to our family—a new address in a different state, new jobs for my husband and me, and a new school for my daughters. I don’t usually send holiday cards, though I usually regret not taking the time to do so. I say “holiday” and not “Christmas” because sometimes I opt to send valentines instead of end-of-the-year greetings. But this year I want to take the time to send Christmas cards and write a personal note to friends and family.

I was intrigued when I read about Shutterfly’s photo Christmas cards on a friend’s Facebook wall and started browsing their selection of both religious and secular photo cards. I really like several of the designs and am not sure how I’ll decide which one to get. I love the Good Blessings card, and it’s one of my favorite designs. The Rejoice Lord King card offers more photo possibilities, and I like the elegance of using only black-and-white pictures.

I’ve never seen holiday story cards anywhere else, and I love this idea! The cards include space for photos as well as short lines of text that help you share more about your year. This would be a great option for those who are put off by long— sometimes braggy—Christmas form letters yet still want to send more than a generic Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas greeting. I’m considering using this Year in Pictures card, a brightly colored card that lets you include a different photo for each month of the year.

Shutterfly also offers Christmas party invitations and very cute Christmas gift tags. For an extra cost, you can even send a list of names and addresses to Shutterfly, and they will stamp and mail them for you! Take a look at the many designs, and have a happy holiday season whether you send cards or not.

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