Celebrating the Season: Creation {Day 1}

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Welcome back to Celebrating the Season!  If you're new around these parts, be sure to catch up on all the other posts in this series here.  Also, if you don't want to miss a single minute of the fun from here on out, sign up for free updates and then look forward to having each post, as well as some free printables, delivered right to your inbox.

Songs to Get You into the Spirit of the Season

This album features great pop artists from the 80s like Bruce Springsteen, U2, Madonna and Sting.  It's a peppy compilation that will get your holiday season off to a rocking start.  My particular favorite cuts are U2's Christmas and Madonna's Santa Baby.  Which songs do you like best?

An Activity to Add to the Jolly Atmosphere

As a family, make a list of 24 things to do for others over the upcoming days.  Decide whether you'd prefer to do one activity a day, or several all at once (like 4-6 every weekend).  Find some great inspiration to get your thoughtful juices flowing at these sites:

Some Reading Sure to Garner a Great Response

Back when I was in the classroom, this book lent itself to an entire day's-worth of activities in the midst of finishing up testing for the quarter and my attempts to contain 20-plus 7- and 8-year-olds from bursting out of their skin with excitement over the upcoming break from school.   It's a favorite of many and reading it is a wonderful way to kick off this time of year.

A Movie to Get You in a Merry Mood

You can't read the book without watching the movie, you know.   Although watching this movie isn't required for us here at home, it was always a must-see for my roomful of second graders and is bound to join our rotation as Gv gets a little older.

For some cute printables to go along with your Polar Express fun, check out these 100+ free activity pages.

Faith Focus to Put You in a Festive Frame of Mind

I've created a set of printables for you to use as we go through this series!  Think of them as a type of Advent calendar (although you'll keep using them throughout all 12 days of Christmas, too).  There are two pages of trees showing each day's verses and then one page of ornaments/gifts to place on the tree pages after you read each day's verses.  

Print the tree pages onto card stock (you could even laminate them, if you're fancy that way) and then print the ornament page onto sticker paper .  If you don't want to use sticker paper, you could just print the page on card stock and use tape or glue to add the ornaments to the trees.

But the sticker paper is so easy.

All you have to do to get your free Celebrating the Season Faith Focus Printables is click here!

Day 1 - Creation
Read Genesis 1 and begin at the beginning of everything.  Then read John 1:1-5 for a New Testament connection.

Add your Earth sticker to the tree to serve as a reminder for today's verses.

What will you be doing to observe this first day of Advent?  I'd love to hear!  Leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

Join me throughout the rest of this season for more great ideas to incorporate into your family traditions to help celebrate this special time of year.  Be sure to pin the series landing page so you can find every post, or better yet, sign up for free updates so you don't miss a single suggestion and to get your free printables!

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