Modern Mason: Christmas at Home

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We are still in the thick of developing academic skills, but December offers us space to slow down just a bit.  Maybe it is not that we are slowing down so much as we are savoring the message and magic of Christmas all month long.  For reading, Kara is reading from The Little House on the Prairie picture book series, Winter on the Farm and Christmas In the Big Woods.  I am also reading aloud from A Little House Christmas Treasury.  We did a nature study on poinsettias and sketched them in our nature notebooks.  Our hymn this month is Charles Wesley’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” which is my personal favorite Christmas hymn.  We sing the gospel in three stanzas when we sing this rich hymn of our faith.  Just read this wonderful text:

1 Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King;
peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise;
join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Refrain:
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

2 Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come,
offspring of the virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail the incarnate Deity,
pleased as man with us to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel. [Refrain]

3 Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild, he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth. [Refrain]

We are baking some and soon we will make some gifts and write some cards to friends and family.  One handicraft that we made this week was peppermint scented playdough.  The girls had a lot of fun making it and playing with it, but I must be honest- it was quite a mess for us to clean up.  Well worth the mess, though.  We got out cookie cutters, knives, rolling pins, and got busy.  Here is the recipe for the playdough in case you are interested in making some for yourself:

Peppermint Scented Playdough

INGREDIENTS

1 c. flour
1c. salt
1/2 c. cornstarch
2t. cream of tartar
1 T cooking oil
1 c. water
several drops peppermint essential oil

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and stir continuously over medium low heat until it forms a ball. When cooled to touch, give your child a ball to shape, or separate into multiple sections for multiple children.  Store in an airtight jar. Keeps well.

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I love this quote from Charlotte Mason:

 “Education is a life. That life is sustained on ideas. Ideas are of spiritual origin, and God has made us so that we get them chiefly as we convey them to one another, whether by word of mouth, written page, Scripture word, musical symphony; but we must sustain a child’s inner life with ideas as we sustain his body with food.”~ Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education Volume 6

What a wonderful time of the year to extend ideas to our children.  Namely, that we look to God’s creation, history- all the way back to Bethlehem and even to creation, and God’s Word to feast our hearts on His goodness.  There are living books to read and cherish like One Wintry Night, The Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Carol, The Friendly Beasts, and Little Drummer Boy.  There are carols to sing, evergreen to smell, and baked treats to make and savor.  Most of all, there is Jesus, and in all of the activities there is worship.  Because we do not separate what we do at home from what we believe in our hearts.  For it is Jesus whom we serve in the work of life.  The Little Drummer Boy understood it well…

Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see
Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the king
Pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum

So to honor Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come

 

 

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