Songs to Get You into the Spirit of the SeasonGet your Christmas swinging with music from the great Ella Fitgerald. A Swinging Christmas puts a fresh spin on many classic songs and you'll be snapping your fingers along with it when you listen. Be on the lookout for the song Christmas Island - it's a departure from the standard songs usually found on every album, and my favorite track.
An Activity to Add to the Jolly AtmosphereNow is probably the time you can find a church cantata, live nativity or walk through Bethlehem program in your area. Make plans to visit one of these presentations, if you're not already participating, that is. We have a church around the corner that actually has a "Drive-Through Bethlehem" program this weekend. We've tried to walk over and check it out every year we've lived here, but have always been too late, or too early and not wanted to wait out the cloud of mosquitoes that is usually swarming about the time it begins. I'm sure the majority of you reading don't have that buggy issue, though.
Some Reading Sure to Garner a Great Response
While the paper copy I shared yesterday was only a dollar or two, you can get the Kindle version here for free. Don't have a Kindle reader, but still want the digital version? Just head on over to Project Gutenberg to download it to your device.
Read Stave 2 today. Yesterday's stave set the mood and introduced us to Marley's ghost. Today is the visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past.
A Movie to Get You in a Merry Mood
Did you know that this was the first animated Christmas special created for television? I didn't, either. You never know what crazy trivia you'll pick up from a simple search online.
The squinty Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol is one of my favorites versions of this tale. I haven't seen it on television very often, so I'm wondering how many of you have seen it before. I haven't seen it myself for years, but I've been wanting to get it, so I'm excited to find it for less than $5 here!
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 1 Kings 3-6, where Solomon requests wisdom from God and then builds the very temple which will become the setting for several occurrences in Jesus' life.
Add your book sticker to the tree to serve as a reminder for today's verses.
What will you be doing to observe this fourteenth day of Advent? Will you be attending a live nativity, walk through Bethlehem program, or church cantata? Growing up, my church always had twin singing Christmas trees. Do you have any of those in your area? 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!