Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Christmas Memories

We made ornaments today!  I found these ornaments here .






These are so simple yet so neat.  They recommended recycling your old Christmas cards w/ the nativity scenes.  Since I didn't have any, I went searching on the web.  I found pictures of the Willow Tree nativity set (which happens to be the one we have) and had the kids each pick a scene from the nativity.  After I took these pictures, they added some gold and silver glitter glue to the manger.  We need to add some ribbon to hang them.  The kids really enjoyed making them.


We also managed to drop off our Christmas cards today!  I am so happy to have those out.  I just have a few stragglers I need to get addresses on, but for the most part, they are out.


Tonight we went back to the mall to drop off our presents for our Angel Tree children.



After dropping off the presents we ate at a restaurant in the mall, a rare treat, and then rode the carousel!




When we came home we read both our Jesse tree and Jotham's Journey books.  In The Glorious Coming it talked about Abraham's sacrificing his son Isaac to God and how God provided a ram in place of Isaac.  A. remembered reading about that in her Children's bible and asked if she could read that story.  We talked a little about what that must have been like for both Isaac and Abraham.  One of the girls asked if we would do that w/ one of them if God asked.  We told them that God wouldn't ask that of us.  He sent Jesus in our place, so we don't need to give sacrifices of burnt offerings anymore.  But, we do need to give offerings to the Lord in other ways.  The girls came up w/ some incidents of when God has asked us to give.  Obedience came from my 5 year old, being nice to each other came from another dd.  Daddy also told them we need to take care of those who can't take care of themselves.  We need to give money or time or resources to missionaries, the church and others who are in need. We ended our time singing some carols.


Off to wash the dishes.


KindredHeart said...

I love reading about how you're creating God-centered memories and traditions for your family! I enjoy hearing your girls' questions and insights around your Advent devotions. Your family is such a joy and encouragement to me, friend!

Jen Unsell said...

I love those ornaments Linda!! Thanks for posting the link to how to make them.