Thursday, December 16, 2010

12 Days of Christmas At Home By Lantern Light

This year we started a new tradition that has turned out great! I wanted to do the traditional 12 Days of Christmas for someone else. But it just didn't work out this year. However, I did go onto and found a file of 12 stories that are used for the 12 Days of Christmas. They are all short enough stories to keep the kids attention. And they all end with a great lesson, of course.

Each night we have brought the lantern to the table (candles were way too dangerous with our little monkey, aka Caleb) and we read the story as we eat a yummy Christmas treat. Does the meaning of the story sink in? Probably not every time. But the Spirit of Christmas is definitely in our little home for that short time (hopefully it lingers longer.)

We try very hard each year to help the true meaning of CHRISTmas sink into our boys' hearts. I pray that our efforts work in the end.

Merry Christmas Everyone!


Heidi Hamilton said...

That is so great! I love reading by candlelight/lantern light/Christmas light. It just makes it special.

Sandra said...

It's not exactly the same order but those are the stories we are going through. Danika's Activity day leader (being the awesome woman that she is) Put the 12 days of Christmas together for all the girls. The first day was a CD filled with wonderful Christmas songs with a fun story. Then a bag full of oranges for the Christmas orange story. And with the tree story tonight she had Reece's Peanut Butter trees. I'm excited to go through the rest of them. I'm so glad she did this for them. It's a lot of fun for the whole family. I agree that reading these brings a great spirit into the home. Danika was crying at the Tree story and when I asked her what was wrong she said she felt the spirit. Love it!

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