Celebrating the Season: Jesse {Day 12}

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Songs to Get You into the Spirit of the Season

As soon as I hear David Crowder's husky voice crooning over the radio, a smile creeps across my face.  I don't know if it's the fact that this band is a bit unconventional and offbeat, like me, or what, but I just can't get enough of their music, which is why I was so excited a couple of years ago when Oh For Joy came out.  The play list includes my beloved Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel, but OhMyGoodness, Carol of the Bells is just incredible - you just have to hear it!

An Activity to Add to the Jolly Atmosphere

Hold a Christmas music dance-a-thon!  You've already got a great list of super tunes to get you started, so just round up the family and boogie your brains out for some active fun.  Which songs do you think are the best to dance to?  Gv busts a move whenever Bing or Perry pop up on our play list.

Some Reading Sure to Garner a Great Response


Just what do snowmen do at Christmas, once everyone is tucked into bed at night?  This book will let you in on that little secret!  With its delightful artwork and clever hidden pictures (which I'd never noticed, in all the years of reading this to my classroom students), Snowmen at Christmas is sure to bring a smile to everyone's face.  It reminds me a bit of the Raggedy Ann books I enjoyed when I was a little girl, or the Toy Story concept - of toys coming to life once everyone is asleep.

A Movie to Get You in a Merry Mood


Until last year, I had no clue this classic even existed, but after G got over his shock at this news, he hunted it down so he could share it with both of his girls for the first time last year.  The Year Without Santa Claus was worth all the hype he had given it - and now I finally get all of his "Miser" references!  I certainly don't know how this stop-motion gem escaped my notice for four decades, but I can't imagine a Christmas passing without watching it, from now on.

Faith Focus to Put You in a Festive Frame of Mind

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Day 12 - Jesse
Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13 to see what part Jesse played in this great story and then read Acts 13:22-23 for a New Testament connection.

Today's study also includes a prophesy fulfillment.  Read Isaiah 11:1 and then Luke 3:32 to see how Jesus lives out Matthew 5:17 (see verse in graphic below) as a descendant of Jesse.

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

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

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