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In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.
And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
Once In Royal David’s City
Once in royal David’s city,
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.
He came down to earth from heaven
Who is God and Lord of all,
And his shelter was a stable,
And his cradle was a stall;
With the poor and mean and lowly
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.
And through all his wondrous childhood
He would honour and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden,
In whose gentle arms he lay:
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as he.
For he is our childhood’s pattern,
Day by day, like us he grew,
He was little, weak and helpless,
Tears and smiles like us he knew:
And he feeleth for our sadness
And he shareth in our gladness.
And our eyes at last shall see him,
Through his own redeeming love,
For that child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heaven above;
And he leads his children on
To the place where he is gone.
Not in that poor lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see him: but in heaven,
Set at God’s right hand on high;
Where like stars his children crowned
All in white shall wait around.
Two years ago, when I actually took pictures
Christmas trees are fun and traditional and pretty, but is that all they are? In ancient times, evergreens were symbols of life, especially in the middle of the winter. As Christians, we have adopted this symbol and can take it a step further. To Christians, we can hold Christmas trees as a symbol of the new life that Jesus gives us in Him.
This is one of my kids’ favorite activities. I hope your children love it, too!
Edible Christmas Trees
- Sugar Cones
- Plastic knives or frosting spatulas
- Small cups or bowls
- Green frosting
- A variety of small candies and sprinkles
Cover up the work area with freezer paper or newspapers or similar.
Give each child a sugar cone, a plastic knife, and some green frosting in a small cup or bowl.
Have them cover the cone completely with the green frosting.
After the cone is well covered, the frosting will help the candies and/or sprinkles stick easily.
Let the kids decorate to their heart’s content.
When they are done, take pictures and then let them eat it!