Our tree is up and our home is looking festive for the Christmas season. Today I thought I would share with you a few of the items on our “Activities for the Month of December” list:
The December 2008 issue of The Friend magazine includes this great activity. Each night we’re reading the suggested scriptures about Jesus Christ and posting the related picture from the Gospel Art Kit. It’s a great way for us to remember the reason behind the season.
The first year that we were married, my mother-in-law presented my husband and I with this wonderful advent calendar. Each day we open one pocket and find an ornament with which to decorate the tree. It looks a little sparse right now, but we’re only on day 3.
Since I’m always looking for great books and ways to promote literacy, I thought this was a great idea. Find 25 Christmas books (or as many as you can), wrap them up and put them under your tree. Then everyday until Christmas your children can choose one to unwrap and read together.
My book shelf is a little sparse when it comes to Christmas books, so I consulted this book list and this one too and found some great titles, many of which are available at my local library. I’m headed there tomorrow to pick them up and start wrapping and reading!
Don’t these look so cute and fun?
From Skip to My Lou
This fall I added “Piano Teacher” to my list of responsibilities. I have six wonderful students, and we’re having our first recital this month. I decided to share in the fun with my students and prepare Silent Night/ Still, Still, Still to perform, arrangement courtesy of Sally DeFord Music.
We love to make and decorate sugar cookies for the holidays. Here is the best recipe I’ve ever tried (courtesy of the Family Cookbook):
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
4-5 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Cream sugar, butter and eggs. Add sour cream and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Roll out in flour to 1/4 inch thick and cut. Cook in 350 degree oven for 7-8 minutes. Bottoms should be brown but tops should not be brown at all. These make a soft, cake-like cookies.
Mmmmm. They are delicious!
Silent Night, Joy to the World, Away in a Manger, Jingle Bells, The First Noel, O Holy Night, Silver Bells, We Three Kings, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Rudolph, Christmas is Coming, Do you hear what I Hear?, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Far Far Away on Judea’s Plains, White Christmas…
Wow! I’m going to be busy, aren’t I? What are you doing to celebrate the season in December?