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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Advent Happenings-A treat for you!

Well, we're into the 2nd week of December already! I hope you have been able to find some ways to make Christmas special this year while sharing the true meaning of the season.

After doing a little clicking around, I found a site that will enable me to share one of my word files with you.
(I think!) allows you to upload word docs to their site and gives you an HTML code, so you can add them to your blog. Nice! Hopefully it works. Instead of retyping them each day on here, I thought this was way easier! Please let me know how you like using that service. I'm really curious to see if you like it.

I wanted to share the Bible verses that I put in our Advent Calendar. Each day the boys can open up that day's box and find one of these verses tucked inside. This word doc is really just my own notes. Some of the verses have a tidbit in red after the verse. It may be an idea on an activity that goes along with the verse, a thought God placed on my heart when I typed up the list, or just any old extra stuff. Some verses have nothing but the verse. It's literally my personal list of verses and thoughts. No particular order to things, other than these are the verses I wanted to share with the boys each day of Advent.

I hope you find them helpful and maybe you can incorporate some of them into your own activities and Bible time. Enjoy!

Advent verses -

We've also been coasting along with our Jesse Tree. The boys are really enjoying that! I have a super cool story to share with you about that. I'm working on typing up a post, so stay tuned for some warm fuzzies.

Here's peek at some of the ornaments we've added to the tree since my last post.

Day 2: God is the Creator of all things.
Genesis 1:26-31

Day 3: Adam and Eve
Genesis 3: 1-19
 (It's an apple and a serpent. The serpent sort of looks like a worm, but what are you gonna do?)

Day 4: Noah's Ark
Genesis 6: 11-14; 7: 17-8: 3; 9: 8-13

(I had a Noah's Ark ornament already. Score!)

Tip for the day: Simplify!
What can you make easier for yourself this Christmas? What can be crossed of the to-do list?
There's always a few things that really don't need to happen. A few trips out we can limit.

Here's a small example of my own:
My youngest is celebrating his 6th birthday this week. In the midst of the season I have to pause, and do the birthday thing. With great joy, of course! However, it's easy to get carried away. I decided to simplify the party, expense of said party, and an extra trip to the store for myself by eliminating goody bags! That's right no treat bag for the guests.

I'm feeding them pizza, cake, and drinks. All of the kids at the party will have a bagillion tokens to use at Chuck E. Cheese for their buying pleasure, and most the goody bag filler is garbage nobody parents don't even want to carry away from your party. I think the whole goody bag thing will be a waste.

Therefore, I am simplifying!

What can you do to simplify this week?


At December 5, 2010 at 5:54 PM , Blogger Eastlyn and co. said...

I totally agree with the "simplify your life" angle, especially at this time of year. I am notorious for finally deciding on what's for dinner at 6:30 p.m. only to find that I don't have all of the ingredients I need. Then, I run to the store, grab the item(s) plus a few more and get home to start dinner after 7 p.m. We're usually sitting down to dinner close to 9 p.m. Bad picture all the way around! So, now I've tried to force myself to get creative and use what's on hand. It's an excellent way to use up the last little bit of this or that AND it saves me a trip to the store!
About the goody bags...where did the idea come from and why does everyone feel compelled to dole out bags of loot? I recall a friend of mine telling me her kids get to play with their goody bags (and toys from McDonalds) in the car. Once they get home, they go in the trash in the garage and never make it into the house! All I could think was, "What a waste!" Then again, I probably have more bits and pieces of junk lying around from b-day parties than I care to admit. Maybe I should've adopted the same policy when my kids were younger! Maybe I wouldn't be so dependent on the Fly Lady today! Happy birthday to your son.

At December 6, 2010 at 8:56 PM , Blogger Shell said...

My oldest's sixth birthday is this week. Though, actually, I need to get the goody bags for the kids. LOL


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