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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Secret Santa/ Sibling

A tradition we began a few years ago in our home is Secret Santa for our four kids. We put their four names on paper and into a hat, and they draw names out. We make sure that they don't have their own name, and they make sure that they don't have the same person as the year before. We give them five dollars to spend on each other. (So each child gets $5) The kids almost always tell me, Mom who they have, so I give them ideas and help them a little bit.

Then we take them to the store, and we split up. Dad takes two kids and Mom take two kids shopping. This was we can maintain the surprise of the gifting. They like to look around the store and think of what that particular sibling would enjoy. We tell them things like, Rebekah likes jewelry, Caleb likes legos and baseball stuff, Mallory likes Frozen and legos too, and Bethany likes Avengers and cars. They always do a great job finding something for their sibling. Sometimes I know what they buy, sometimes I don't know.

They like to get home and wrap them right away (at least the younger ones do.) That way they don't have to try to hide their gifts too long. I love to see the way they wrap their gifts, with lots of tape and too much or too little paper. I try to let them do as much of the wrapping as they can, since it is their gift. Sometimes the older kids help the younger ones wrap. Then they label them and put them under the tree. Sometimes they label it with "for _______ from Secret Santa" and sometimes from them/ their name.

I like this tradition that was shared by a friend with eight kids (Thanks, Beth!), since they can't always buy for each sibling until they are older. Sometimes they still buy for each of the siblings, but not usually all of them. I like that this tradition is centered on GIVING, not just getting. They learn the message that Christmas is not only about getting more stuff. (Also thanks to VeggieTales for that message!) I like that they think of each other and what would be a good gift to give. They can be so thoughtful and kind, it is just so sweet. I love some of the gifts they find!

If you have more than two children, this may be a good tradition to begin in your family. I believe fostering the idea that giving good gifts is a godly thing, that God gives good gifts to His children.

What traditions do you do in your home at Christmas? Do you do Secret Santa with your kids?

Deuteronomy 16:17
Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.

Luke 11:13
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kindergarten: Christmas week

We had another enjoyable week in homeschool kindergarten last week. We discussed all things Christmas! (Well, not Santa too much!) We stamped a Christmas pattern on paper, put #s of jewels on kings' crowns, made several crafts, we made paper chains for our tree, we baked cookies (measurement), wrote Christmas words, and colored a Christmas poem.

 Putting jewels on the kings' crowns...
 She made a Christmas puzzle...
 A paper plate wreath...
 Here is her laced stocking-- the lacing was a great challenge for her!
 Oh, Christmas tree craft-- my girls didn't really know this song...? So we sang it to them...
Now we are looking forward to a break from homeschool for several weeks. We will be preparing for Christmas, and keeping the kids involved in more baking, gift wrapping and a little more shopping. You can find some patterns for Christmas crafts on my blog here. We may be making some of the other crafts from my old blog post this next week too!

What have you done with your kids at Christmas-time? I'd love to hear all about it! Let me know in the comments!

Merry Christmas, my friends!

Luke 1:30-33
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

This was our theme verse this week...
Luke 2:7
...and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Matthew 2:11
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they (the kings) bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Recipe: Tollhouse pie!

This pie is one of our family's very favorites. It is like a chocolate chip cookie in a pie crust. How can you go wrong with that?! It is ooey, gooey and delicious! You must try this recipe! And there are nuts in it, so that makes it nutritious, right?! :- D

Tollhouse Pie

2 eggs
3⁄4 cup flour
1⁄2 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, 

1 cup chocolate chips 
1 cup walnuts
1 7 or 9 inch pie crust 

whipped cream
  1. Preheat oven at 325 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, beat eggs until foamy.
  3. Beat in flour and sugars until well blended.
  4. Blend in butter.
  5. Stir in chips and nuts.
  6. Pour into pie crust.
  7. Bake for one hour.
  8. Serve warm with whipped cream. 

Let me know if you try it, I'd love to hear your review! 

Genesis 43:11
Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.

Psalm 19:9-10
The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.

They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.

Proverbs 16:24
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
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