One day my family and I went to Tree Lane Farms to get our Christmas tree .We walked out to the field and found a tree. My dad cut it down. Once we got our tree we walked over to see Santa’s reindeer. After that,we went for hot chocolate. It was a lot of fun! Have a great Christmas.
I am going to share with you some things I like to do on Christmas Eve. I usually go to mass at church, and I watch at least a couple of Christmas movies before going to bed. Finally, I eat mom’s fresh baked cookies with hot chocolate.
Our students are thrilled to have pen-pals this year. We are partnered with a Grade 3 class from Texas. Our students brainstormed, drafted, and wrote their good copy of their very first pen-pal letter and also drew a picture to accompany the letter. We learned about the parts that make up a letter and how to properly address an envelope. Our letters should arrive in Texas on Tuesday. I will ask Mrs. J for her to take a picture of her class opening our parcel and reading our letters!
We are super excited to receive letters in return! We hope they arrive before Christmas.
Today began with a special Mass dedicated to St. Nicholas. Mrs. Hollis’ class did a fabulous job leading our school. So, who was St. Nicholas? He was a historical figure whose story begins in a town called Myra (Turkey). When St. Nicholas’ parents died, Nicholas used his whole inheritance to help the sick, poor, and those suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need and his love for children. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra. His gift-giving gave rise to who we now call Santa Clause (St.Nick)
We celebrated the Feast Day with hot chocolate and cookies. A big thank you to all of the parents who organized the treats for us today. We are grateful!
This past Sunday marked the 1st Sunday of Advent. Advent is one of the 7 Catholic church seasons and begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It ends on Christmas Eve.
Do you know what the word Advent means?
Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” During Advent, we as Christians focus on preparing for the birth of Jesus. Advent means to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.
The season of Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, preparation and longing.
The main colour of Advent is purple. This is the colour of penitence, fasting and royalty.
At the beginning of Advent we normally put up an Advent wreath with 3 purple candles and 1 pink candle decorated with a purple ribbon or bow around it. The Advent wreath is a circle to show that God’s love has no beginning and no end. Wreaths are made out of fake or real pine needles from an evergreen tree because they never lose their needles and are always the same. This shows that God’s love will always be the same and never change.
When I was growing up, my parents always played a particular album on their record player (ha!) called Gentle Night. It has songs related to Advent as well as Christmas and I still play it to this day (but on my iPod, not a record player!).
Here’s one of my favourite Advent songs on the album:
What are some ways you celebrate Advent?
Do you have an Advent wreath at your house or school?
Our 2nd Mystery Reader turned out to be…Mya’s dad! He did a fantastic job reading 2 books to our class. One was called The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing. This book follows the rhythm of the original T’was the Night Before Christmas but the author puts a humorous spin on what happens the night before Christmas when a family is running out of time to get ready and everything seems to go wrong. I can see why this is one of Mya’s favourite Christmas books.
The second book Mya’s dad read to us was called Snow Happy by Patricia Hubbell. We happily joined in on the repetitive part of the story by yelling out “Snow Happy!” almost all the way through. It’s a fun-filled story reminding us about all of the fun we can have in the snow. Now, we just have to wait for it to fall from the sky!
Are you wanting a white Christmas? I know I am!
We are very thankful to Mya’s dad for taking time to come and share the love of reading with us!
I’d like to share with everyone a Kindness Calendar that I recently came across that you may wish to post in your house. It offers many great ideas of things you can do during the month of December when others around us may need an extra kind word or deed.
Please feel free to share with others, too! Kindness rules!