Remembering the True Meaning of Christmas

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See Christmas through Joseph’s eyes.

Christmas memories from prophets and apostles.

Read the Christmas story and watch a video of the Nativity here. This is something we do as a family every Christmas Eve. We also sing Christmas hymns/carols such as Away in a Manger.

A Savior is Born.

Imagine a World Without a Savior.

This is my last post until after Christmas, but I want my readers and blogging friends to know how much I love my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and how grateful I am that He came to earth as a baby, to show us the way to live, to atone for our sins, that we may repent and receive forgiveness and be clean again, and to redeem us from death, that we will live again after this earth life. Only He could do these marvelous things for  each and every one of us and He did them completely unselfishly, giving all glory to our Father in Heaven whom He obeyed perfectly.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas. May our hearts be filled with joy and thanksgiving to our Father in Heaven for giving us His Son and to our elder brother, Jesus Christ, for being our Savior and Redeemer.

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Weekend Family Fun

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This weekend our family spent Friday night and Saturday in Salt Lake City. We finished up our Christmas shopping at City Creek Center, walked part of Temple Square to see the pretty lights, and enjoyed a gourmet dinner at The Roof restaurant at the top of the Joseph Smith building. We also enjoyed brunch with close friends and saw the play, A Christmas Carol.

The weather was great, not too cold, with just enough snow for Christmas ambiance.

I loved to see my kids smiling and enjoying each other’s company. 🙂

It was such a lovely night, especially around the castle-like Salt Lake temple.

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                We had a beautiful view from our table.

Little Girl Craft Party

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Yesterday afternoon, Marissa hosted a craft party for five young neighbor girls. With her help, they each created three ornaments. The first was a birthstone ornament. We used clear plastic ornaments, Epsom salt and lots of bling from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, such as beads, sequins and buttons. Shown above is Marissa’s Garnet ornament.

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Then they decorated pine cones with glitter glue and miniature pom-poms and made their own snow globes using sticker figures of snowmen, penguins and reindeer and modeling clay.

The crowning event was decorating sugar cookies. The snowman cookies turned out super cute. We borrowed ideas for these ornaments and snowman cookies from Pinterest, although we tweaked them a bit. The snowman’s scarf is made from fruit roll ups. His hat is made from one thin Oreo and one miniature Oreo or a miniature peanut-butter cup. My kitchen was a complete disaster area afterwards, but it was worth it to see six smiling faces. 🙂

Our Favorite Christmas Storybooks

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December is our favorite read-aloud month because we read one Christmas story every night before we go to bed. It’s a soothing end to our busy December days. Here are some of our favorite Christmas story books:

The Christmas Train: A True Story

Good King Wenceslas

Last Christmas we enjoyed this book, which took us a few days to read together:

Fairy Tale Christmas

What books are you reading with your children this Christmas?

 

 

 

Our 24 Days of Christmas

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Since it’s December 1st, I thought I’d share our favorite family tradition. We call it The 24 Days of Christmas. This tradition would be easy for anyone to incorporate into their Christmas season, and it’s a great way to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. This is how it works-

Every night we gather together as a family (it’s best to have a set time) to read a Christmas scripture verse and then sing a Christmas hymn/carol and then we read a Christmas story.

I know a mother who has 24 Christmas story books and she wraps each one before Dec. 1st and her children take turns selecting one book each night to unwrap and that’s the story she reads to them.

You could do this just as a 12 Days of Christmas, beginning on December 13th. Sometimes a night might be skipped if there is a party or another family activity going on. Also, we have teenagers and young adults who sometimes have night classes/activities or work. They join us as their schedule permits.

For example, here is what we will read/sing tonight:

Dec. 1st- Isaiah 7:14 ♥ Angels We Have Heard on High ♥ The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Here is my entire list of scripture verses (for 23 days):

From the Old Testament- Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 40:3-5, Micah 5:2, Jeremiah 23:5, Jeremiah 23:6, Jeremiah 33:14-15, Isaiah 40:11, Psalms 24:9-10

From the New Testament- Luke 1:30-31, Luke 2:4-7, Luke 2:8-11, Luke 2:12-14, Matthew 2:1-2

From The Book of Mormon– 1 Nephi 10:4, 1 Nephi 11:13 & 18, 1 Nephi 11:20- 21 & 24, 1 Nephi 11:27, Helaman 14:3, Helaman 14:5-6, 3 Nephi 1:13, 3 Nephi 1:19, Mosiah 3:5-8

On Christmas Eve, we read the Christmas story from the Bible.

Here is the list of Christmas hymns/carols-

Angels We Have Heard on High, Away in the Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, The First Noel, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks, Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, What Child is This, O Holy Night, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Silent Night, He Sent His Son, Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus, Stars Were Gleaming, When Joseph Went to Bethlehem, Once in Royal David’s City, With Wandering Awe, Mary’s Lullaby

On Christmas Eve, each family members chooses a favorite for all to sing.

We have a binder filled with Christmas stories, but others we read from story books and from the Friend magazine. Some of our stories are: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (this might take a few days to read), Is There a Santa Claus? by Francis P. Church, The Other Wise Man, by Henry Van Dyke, The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell, The Cobbler and His Guest, by Anne MuCollum Boyles, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss