Songs to Get You into the Spirit of the Season
Happy New Year! Having several close friends whose families have been blessed by adoption, this album just makes me smile. Steven Curtis Chapman has been one of my favorite artists for years and he has several wonderful Christmas albums out besides this one, but I just love how All I Really Want for Christmas weaves answered prayers (children and families united in love) with the birth of Jesus. I think my favorite part of the album is the opening track, where one of his daughters recites Luke 2:7-14.
Some Reading Sure to Garner a Great Response
Gv isn't quite ready for this book (she loves stickers, but isn't particular enough in her placement of them yet to make this book worthwhile), but I am definitely planning to have it on hand for her when she is. The Very First Christmas has sturdy pages and reusable stickers which allow your child to compose each page's scene while you read along. This is the perfect book to pull out when you need a few minutes minutes of occupied-child-time in order to get something done!
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 2:21 for a description of Jesus' circumcision, then read Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-31 to see how Jesus lives out Matthew 5:17 (see verse in graphic below) and fulfills the prophecy that the Messiah would be born of a virgin.
Add your eighth gift under the tree to serve as a reminder for today's verses.
What will you be doing to observe this eighth day of Christmas? Are you recovering from last night's festivities? Spending the day in front of the television watching all the big bowl games? Honoring Mary and attending Mass? 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!