Songs to Get You into the Spirit of the Season
TransSiberian Orchestra now has several albums full of Christmas music out, but Christmas Even and Other Stories is still my favorite. I have to be honest and say that the songs with vocals aren't really my cup of tea, but the instrumental tracks more than make up for it and make the CD worth owning. My favorites are First Snow, The Silent Nutcracker, A Mad Russian's Christmas, and Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24.
Some Reading Sure to Garner a Great Response
I can remember the first time I traveled overseas during Christmas and how confused I was wandering around Italy and wondering why there were witches on broomsticks posted everywhere. If only I'd read Old Befana when I was little, then I might have had a clue. Not only will this book let you in on a little secret about one of Italy's Christmas customs, but you'll also enjoy the familiar artwork of Tomie DePaola.
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 Psalm 2:6 and Zechariah 9:9, then read Matthew 2:2 and 27:37 to see how Jesus lives out Matthew 5:17 (see verse in graphic below) by fulfilling the prophesy of being called king.
Add your eleventh gift under the tree to serve as a reminder for today's verses.
What will you be doing to observe this eleventh day of Christmas? Are you familiar with the legend of Befana? 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!