The week is upon us! Christmastide is almost here! For those of you counting up to Winter Solstice, that day is coming as well. A week of love and rejoicing!
This week, we are also celebrating the crowing kingdom to rejoice in Christ’s coming: mankind. In following this week’s theme of man, I have chosen the following books (the older children and I are also reading “The Return of Light
20- The Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett. I love these, because they talk about finding rest and joy in friends and in community and belonging. I know the gingerbread baby and his friends are not people, but the qualities they convey are certainly very human-like!
21- Getting ready for the Winter Solstice! The older children and I are reading “The Return of Light: A Christmas Tale” by Dia Calhoun; the youngest and I read “The Sun Bread” by Kleven.
23– Little Golden Books – “The Christmas Story”; also Reg Down’s “The Cricket and the Shepherd Boy”
24 – The Night Before Christmas – any of the many illustrated editions will do and “Christmas in Noisy Village” by Astrid Lindgren
There are also many wonderful stories for this week in “The Light In The Lantern” and “The Christmas Story Book” by Floris Books.
Some activities for the week:
- Random acts of kindness for other people. The possibilities here are endless for paying it forward.
- Assisting in any way possible to help others who need it – we have participated in gift and food drives for the poor, wrapping gifts for homeless children…this week we will be keeping our eye out for anyone else who needs our help.
- Look for the people you know that are lonely and sad with the holidays. Maybe they are dealing with divorce, the loss of someone they loved through death, poverty. Take your time and spend it with them.
- Honoring the wonderful people who impact us personally every week. I am thinking especially of our children’s teachers, such as our choir director at church and our horseback riding instructor, our county’s 4H staff.
- Honoring our town and county’s police and fire personnel. We are so lucky to live in a county with a wonderful police, fire, ambulance response team.
- Make gingerbread men cookies!
- Celebrate the First Day of Winter.
- Prepare for the flow of Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day. These can be quiet days, or in some families it can be days of family coming in, lots of cooking and craziness and small children can have a tough time without their regular rhythm.
- The Twelve Days of Christmas, or Christmastide, begins on Christmas Day. These twelve days can be a time of inner work, inner preparation for the New Year. This is about the The Twelve Days of Christmas and Celebrating Christmastide
- Here is a message for Christmas Day about wonder