Such a short time, this fourth week of Advent, this year! Therefore, here are just a few very simple ideas for this special time:
Read the story of “The Greedy Woman” from “Hark! A Christmas Sampler” by Jane Yolen and Tomie dePaola. This tale is best suited for ages 7 and up.
Here is another tale to try, this one is regarding Saint Francis and the first Christmas at Greccio: http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=smithe&book=christmas&story=greccio. This would be a lovely story for eight year olds in the midst of second grade on up.
Make Gingerbread People. Here is Martha Stewart’s gingerbread recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/336115/gingerbread-people
And, on Christmas Eve Day, won’t you consider making several stars to light the way of the Christ Child? Here is a wonderful tutorial from Sarah Baldwin of Bella Luna Toys:
Some countries also use this day to commemorate “Adam and Eve” and place red apples in the branches of their Christmas tree in order to remember. Bread decorations are also sometimes made and used as a sign of redemption.
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