Songs to Get You into the Spirit of the Season
Are you a Downtown Abbey fan? I just discovered this soothing 2-CD set that includes the show's theme song along with mostly choral versions of traditional carols (some quite uncommon, which I love) that evoke daydreams about life with the Crawleys. Christmas at Downtown Abbey would make a wonderful addition to a themed gift basket (including DVDs and perhaps some teas and biscuits) as well as be the perfect accompaniment to a formal Christmas meal. Out of the forty-five tracks included on this album, my favorite isn't even a song (although I do love both versions of the theme song), but a recitation of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Mr. Carson (Jim Carter).
Some Reading Sure to Garner a Great Response
This gentle story is one of our favorites and I was excited when it provided the script for my niece's recent Christmas play at her preschool (cutest little Mary ever), because the words were already familiar to Gv. This is the Stable includes appealing artwork, rhyming verse, and a sweet storyline focusing on Jesus' birth.
Faith Focus to Put You in a Festive Frame of Mind
If you haven't downloaded them already, make sure to grab your free coordinating printables to go along with this portion of the series.
Read Luke 2:39-52 for a glimpse into The Holy Family's life, then read Jeremiah 31:31 and Matthew 26:28 to see how Jesus lives out Matthew 5:17 (see verse in graphic below) as Mediator of the New Covenant.
Add your sixth gift under the tree to serve as a reminder for today's verses.
What will you be doing to observe this sixth day of Christmas? Will you ponder what life was like for The Holy Family? 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!