December 2014 Tot School/Advent

‘Tis the season to be busy…wait, that’s not right. ‘Tis the season to be stressed out…nope, still not it. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, or joyful, more specifically. ‘Tis the season to be filled with worship of our coming King.

Lately, in his kindness, God has been teaching me that I need to resist the devil’s schemes this Christmas season. Every year after Thanksgiving, I get overwhelmed with all my Christmas to-dos. Some are about decorating and buying presents, attending or hosting parties, etc. but many of them are about how to present the joy of Christmas to my kid in a way where they actually celebrate Jesus. However, I’ve noticed that Satan is trying to keep me so busy doing things to celebrate Christmas (even in the “right “ way) that I actually miss out on just being filled with worship for the One who came and created the Christmas season in the first place! (Tricky of him, right? It looks harmless enough. It actually might even look like I’m doing some of the right things.)

But what I’m learning is that if I want to share the joy of Christmas with my kids, if I truly want them to get what it’s all about (Jesus), then I have to make sure that my heart is in the right place and that I am spending time worshipping Jesus in my own private worship, and then my actions will be an overflow of that worship. And instead of getting all flustered trying to “fit it all in,” after I have spent time in God’s presence, he will make it abundantly clear how to prioritize my time this holiday season. (Or that’s what I’m hoping for, at least!) So, that being said, here’s a verse I’m dwelling on this month:

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Psalm 16:11

So, what does this all have to do with Tot School, you ask? Well, I guess that was just my long intro to let you know what you probably already know. This month, I’ll be following the plans set out on Twinsane in the Membrane. We probably won’t get to everything (especially since we’re already behind), but we’ll fit in what we can.

Learning Objectives:

Letters: J, K, L
Color: White
Shape: Triangle
Number: 10
Theme: Christmas Trees, snowman, nativity

Also, I wanted to share a little bit about how we’re celebrating Advent this year. I have this little advent calendar with drawers.

I tried to make a plan for the month (and marked it on my own calendar) and then wrote out the little activities for each day and stuffed them in the drawer. Some days might just have scripture, or a little toy, but most of them are either fun family activities or ways that we could serve others this season. Here are a few examples:

  • Watch a Christmas movie together.
  • Share your favorite warm drink with your family.
  • Exchange presents.
  • (a little bracelet)
  • Isaiah 58:7-8 – Put a snack in your bag to share with a homeless person.
  • Make cake balls to share with people in your neighborhood.
  • Make a gift for a friend.
  • Mail a gift to our sponsor child in the D.R.
  • Start our weekly advent readings!
  • Christmas Tot School with Ethan
  • Make a family breakfast.
  • Find a way to serve GiGi and Big Dad.
  • Decorate a gingerbread house.
  • Read a Christmas book and sing a Christmas song.
  • Look at Christmas lights.
  • Go to Candlelight Service.
  • Clean out your toys and share with others who might want to enjoy them!

We’ve been enjoying our Advent Calendar so far, and I’m excited to continue to use it as a way to have a flexible “plan” to fit in various Christmas activities. But most of all, I’m praying that God would ignite a desire in my heart to worship Him alone (and not my list of tasks or activities) this Christmas season.

 

 

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