Sunday, 12 December 2010

Gospel Doctrine Class

Old Testament  Lesson 47

Personal Progress Motivators

I found this fabulous site with fantastic personal progress motivators took copies of everything except for the address so I can't put in a link.  Will do so as soon as I find it again to give credit to the fabulous woman who created these handouts. More coming soon....

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Knowledge Project

Over on controlling my chaos she has a load of colourful recipie cards that we are going to be using  to complete the girls Personal Progress Value Project for Knowledge.  Once a week over 6 months the girls will each take turns to prepare a snack for Family home Evening on a monday and a whole meal on the Thursday (our quietest time of the week)


Sunday, 5 December 2010

Gospel Doctrine Class

We have merged two lessons this week in order to complete the programme by the end of the year the lessons are numbers  45 If I Prerish, I perish and 46, A kingdom which shall never be destroyed.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Does Xmas take the Saviour out of Christmas

Does Xmas Take Christ Out of Christmas?

The fish, Greek ichthys (ixquj), is a symbol for Christ which has been in use since the days of the early church. In Greek, it is an acronym for Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Savior:

Jesus - I h s o u V
Christ - C r i s t o V
God's - Q e o u
Son - U i o V
Saviour - S w t h r

Frequently Christians were forced to worship secretly. The fish symbol served them well in difficult times because it generally would go unnoticed by a foe of Christianity when Christians used it to communicate. Placed outside a Christian's home, this symbol would announce silently that Christian Communion was to be observed secretly there that night. Artistic forms of the fish frequently decorated the Roman catacombs where Christians were forced to meet during persecution.

Notice that X was the first letter in the word that was Greek for Christ. In the fourth century, copies of the scriptures had to hand written. Commonly used terms were abbreviated using the letter abbreviation. The original four gospels were written in Greek and so the abbreviation of X for Christ remained.

So the next time you see the X used in Christmas instead of Christ, instead of being upset and feeling like it is an effort to take Christ out of Christmas, be reminded of early Christians trying to worship their Savior and later by people trying to speed up the process of making more copies of the scriptures.When adverse conditions affect the celebration of Christmas, such as when those allergic reactions to Christmas trees purchase artificial white Christmas trees, the integrity of the tradition is not compromised.

Meaning and History of the Song: The 12 days of christmas

Catholics in England were prohibited by law from practicing their faith, both in private and in public from 1558 to 1829. Being a Catholic was treated as a crime. There was no restored gospel at the time, however there were good Christians who knew without doubt the true church was not one that was mainly created merely for the convenience of King Henry the Eighth) who wanted to sin and have a church justify his actions. So in secret they continued to teach their children their Christian religion.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" was written in England during this time frame. It was written to help children learn about their religion. The entire song is writing in symbolism and hidden meanings because it was illegal to have anything in writing that would indicate adherence to the Catholic faith. To be caught could mean imprisonment, hanging, or drawn and quartered.

Christmas referred to a twelve day period that starts with Christmas day. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" referred to a twelve day period that began Christmas day. While the world may have celebrated Christmas for about twelve hours, these Christians celebrated it for twelve days as a reminder that the gifts of God are with us for twelve months of the year. It also represented the idea that we should be thankful for the gifts of God and follow His teachings for all twelve months of the year and not just one day a year.

The song begins, "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me..." The "true love" represents God, as our greatest love should be for Him. The word worship means that which we love the most. The "me" who receives these presents is the Christian man or woman.

1. The "partridge in a pear tree" was Jesus Christ who died on a structure made from the wood of a tree. In ancient times a partridge was often used as mythological symbol of a divine, sacred king.

2. The "two turtle doves" were the Old and New Testaments - another gift from God. Doves symbolize peace and the Gospel contained in these scriptures, when practiced, brings peace.

3. The "three French hens" were faith, hope and love - the three gifts of the Spirit that abide

(I Corinthians 13). The French hens can also represent God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.

4. The "four calling birds" were the four Gospels which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.

5. The "five golden rings" were the first five books of the Bible also called the "Books of Moses."

6. The "six geese a-laying" were the six days of creation.

7. The "seven swans a swimming" were "seven gifts of the Holy Spirit." (I Corinthians 12:8-11, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Peter 4:10-11)

"For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word o knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to other divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues; But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."

(I Corinthians 12:8-11)

8. The "eight maids a milking" were the eight beatitudes.

9. The "nine ladies dancing" were nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." (Galatians 5:22)

10. The "ten lords a-leaping" were the Ten Commandments.

11. The "eleven pipers piping" were the eleven faithful disciples.

12. The "twelve drummers drumming" were the twelve points of the Apostles' Creed.

I. Believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

II. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:

III. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:

IV. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried:

V. The third day He rose again from the dead:

VI. He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty:

VII. From thence he shall come to judge the Quick and the dead:

VIII. I believe in the Holy Ghost:

IX. Belief in the communion of saints:

X. The forgiveness of sins:

XI. The resurrection of the body:

XII. And the life everlasting. AMEN.

cool or what.

Teach the Children

I love this time of year and the fact there are so many talented people out there.  Check this wonderful printout that we found at Visiting Teaching Suprise and had printed out into a little booklet to give with our presents last year.

Another Christmas Tradition

Every year we try and remember that Christmas is a time for giving as well as presents and too much food so we traditionally have a giving tree.

The Giving Tree is a tale about a relationship between a young boy and a tree in a forest. The tree always provides the boy with what he wants: branches on which to swing, shade in which to sit, apples to eat, branches with which to build a home. As the boy grows older he requires more and more of the tree. The tree loves the boy very much and gives him anything he asks for. In the ultimate act of self-sacrifice, the tree lets the boy cut her down so the boy can build a boat in which he can sail. The boy leaves the tree, now a stump. Many years later, the boy, now an old man, returns and the tree says, "I have nothing left to give you." The boy replies, "I do not need much now, just a quiet place to sit and rest." The tree then says, "Well, an old tree stump is a good place for sitting and resting. Come boy, sit down and rest." The boy obliged and the tree was happy.

Gives me a lump every time I think of that story.  Our giving tree is a small Christmas tree which we decorate with small "icicles" with gifts inside - little sweets and a small Christmas message to share with every visitor to our home even the postman and the bin collectors get a share in our Christmas bounty,  We love our giving tree and think of our Saviour and his sacrifice when we share our Christmas spirit.  Have fun!

Cellophane squares with a few sweets in the center tied up with ribbon with a tag with a Christmas message from our family

2nd day of Advent

We thought we would do some giving for our advent today so we decided to to sneek out to secretly salt the paths of our neighbours and our neighbours neighbours....... trying to do so quietly and in the dark  was a hoot.


Magic Elf Tradition:

Magic Elf Tradition: Will Santa's Magic Elf Visit Your Home This Christmas?

What would happen if one of Santa's elves came to your house to visit?

He'd arrive sometime before the holidays began. Sent by Santa to check on good little girls and boys, he'd roam the house at night, popping up in the most unlikely places come morning.

Sometimes, elf mischief would take place--and he'd be caught red-handed! Finally, on Christmas Eve, he'd report to Santa and hitch a ride back to the North Pole ... until next year.
If you can imagine it, you can do it: meet Santa's Magic Elf!

Designed to share the Christmas spirit with children, it's an interactive holiday activity for families or school classes. Free printable letters from Santa, Elf passport and Elf report make it easy to create a new holiday tradition!

It's easy to invite Santa's Magic Elf to visit:

Since Santa's Magic Elf will find him or herself in the most unlikely places during the visit, a small, flexible elf will work best--and because the Elf takes many unlikely excursions during the visit, he or she should be unbreakable and sturdy.

Decide when the Elf will arrive

What's the right time for the Elf to arrive? Thanksgiving weekend? Two weeks before Christmas? When the family puts up the Christmas tree?
Choose a date for the Elf's arrival, and prepare for fun!

Whenever he or she arrives, Santa's Magic Elf will need a passport. Print one here: Elf Passport.
Print a Letter of Introduction

Your Elf will need a letter of introduction, explaining why he or she is visiting the family. We make it easy with a selection of free printable letters from Santa, or you can create your own letter of introduction.

Santa will need to explain that the Elf has come to report the behavior of good little boys and girls, and that he or she will be returning to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

Given Elves' well-known propensity to misbehave, a warning about Elf Mischief might be in order.

Create an Elf Report

Santa's Elf will need a way to make his report. Give the Elf a small notebook, or print our free Elf Report--it's where Santa's Elf will record his observations for the year (and be a cherished keepsake after the holidays).

Introduce the Elf to the family

Will the Elf arrive in a basket on the doorstep? Will he make a magical trip down the chimney? Will he be found on or under the Christmas tree?

However he gets there, know that Santa's Elf always likes to make a splash when he arrives!

Help Santa's Magic Elf make his report

Each night, find a new place for the Elf to hide; he'll want to make a thorough report to Santa. Since he's here to look for good behavior, he'll have to travel all through the house in the course of his visit.

Elves can go to sleep in some of the most unlikely places! It's often necessary for the children to search the house in the morning to find the sleepy Elf.

Plan some Elf Mischief!

Late at night, Santa's Magic Elf can get into all sorts of mischief. Elves have been known to spill sugar bowls (and leave their tracks in the spill), bounce on the sofa (disarranging the cushions), grab the remote for some late night television, check out the refrigerator, hide in pockets or leave small surprises for their young friends.

Help the Elf's subjects write a letter to Santa

Naturally, the Elf is hoping that Santa will receive a good report about him, too. The children may wish to write to Santa, and tell him about the Elf's visit. They may even ask to be visited next year, so be sure the Elf has letters for Santa when it's time to return.

Finally, prepare Santa's Magic Elf for the trip back to the North Pole

Be sure Santa's Magic Elf is packed and ready to go on December 24th. He can wait for Santa in a stocking or near Santa's cookies and milk, but he'd better have his journal and any letters for Santa and be ready to leave. Santa's in a hurry on Christmas Eve, and can't wait around for a laggard Elf!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

On the 1st day of December my true love gave to me...

We started our advent with a Bang!  Traditionally we buy new Christmas mugs every year and decided this year we would give it as part of advent.  The children where given a clue...1,2,3,4,5, that's how many advent gifts you've to find.  They ten followed a piece of wool all round the house in order to find the gift we did this 5 times with different coloured wool so we were sometimes in a tangle but it was great fun So much fun in fact we had more children's friends than our own children.  Good job we have the giving box but that's another story!

trying to follow wool over doors was a little trying for the little ones.

Adam excited to find out what his mug will look like

Our romantic trip to Edinburgh

was a very qualified disaster.  We only traveled to the east coast on the earliest snowfall of the year and coldest snap in over a hundred years.

We actually drove quite easily across Scotland however less than 100 meters of the motorway we were snow bound unable to get into the travel lodge car park and had to park on the forecourt of the petrol garage next door.  We rested but realised we may have problems when the news talked of the first ever school closures of all the schools in Edinburgh and the closure of Edinburgh Castle.  Ditto Roswell Chapel and Ditto Stirling Castle all our planned visits up the spout.

We then discovered the restaurant attached to the travel lodge was closed so no food except crisps chocolate and pot noodles from the garage. Still we thought we could spend a nice time lounging around drawing, reading, crafting resting and watching telly.    Not to be Our Car got Broken into and we were awoken by the police.  So we had to leave early because the door was all damaged so we couldn't just fix the window and hey presto we were back the very next day.

Sean trying to look arty

He refused to make snow angels in case he was smothered to death in an avalanche

but the views were amazing

Our poor wee car in the garage forecourt

the best holiday snaps taken on the way home through the heart of Scotland

helpful advice

nearly there now

In Ayrshire less than 10 miles from Glasgow and not a snow flake to be seen (We are to miserable to invest)

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