Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son- Matthew 1:18-2418 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[e]did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g] (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Book choice for today: Santa's Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki *I LOVE this book because Santa tells the real (Biblical) story of Christmas and breaks the truth to everyone.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Day 6: Celebrate Sinterklaas
Another disclaimer here. We're not celebrating Sinterklaas as a person, as in celebrating Santa. Those of you who know me well know that Santa is NOT a belief we have in this family, and Kaden already knows that Santa is fake. He knows that Christmas is all about Jesus and that Santa just distracts us from the true meaning of Christmas. The reason why Sinterklaas is part of our Advent celebration is more of a celebration of our heritage. Remembering what Dutch traditions we have, celebrating our Dutch heritage, learning about Christmas traditions around the world, and celebrating the giving of gifts to other people. So, in Dutch tradition, each child has their own pair of Klompen, which Kaden placed by the door in line with the old tradition. We told him that in the morning there might be a surprise in his wooden shoes.
Day 5: Address and mail Christmas cards
Believe it or not, I haven't even ordered our Christmas cards yet. I have an excuse, though.... actually 3 excuses under the age of 3. Usually I'm on top of those things. I have our Christmas card ready to go online, just waiting to drag the picture in and click "submit" on my order. We're waiting on a picture from the photographer at my brother's wedding since she took some pictures of the 5 of us. I'm hoping one of the pictures turned out cute enough to use for our cards. Once we get the picture, I'll order my own cards. I have the address labels ready to go already, so I think I've done my part on this advent day.
I wanted to give Kaden a chance to make and address his own cards, so we spent some more time being crafty and he made cards. He made one that he specifically wanted to mail to his Uncle Steve and Aunt Kelly, so that went in the mail to them.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Day 2: Go out to look at Christmas lights after dark