25 Days of Christmas – December 14

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SCRIPTURE

Luke 1:67-80

And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our father Abraham,
to grant us that we,

being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

SONG

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said:
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”

ACTIVITY

Circles are symbols of eternity, of love, of life – people attribute many meanings to the humble circle. Like the Christmas tree, they can remind us of our new life in Christ, and also the eternity that we will spend with Him in Heaven.

But they are also beautiful and fun. They can be traditional, modern, or eclectic. And there are so many ways to make them. Today, let’s make an easy but eye-catching wreath.

Wait, what? We’re going to make a wreath out of plastic sandwich bags and a hanger?? Yes, my friend, yes, we are! 

First, bend the wire hanger into a circle. 

Next take a plastic sandwich bag, scrunch it up lengthwise, and tie it around the wire circle. If your kids can tie a simple knot, they can do most of this activity!

Push it up as close to the hook as you can.

Keep tying on plastic bags and pushing them up against each other all the way around the circle. Fluff up the bags and twist some of them to hide the knots, if necessary.

Look how fluffy and white and even a little shiny! Now, all you need is to add a ribbon or bow for a pop of color. Or hot glue on some colorful ornaments. Or attach mini candy canes. Or add, really, whatever you want to it. Hang on your door, window, or wherever you wish.

I had a few different ideas of what to add to our wreath.

But in the end, my kids decided on little bows. 

I might need to adjust the bows later. Or maybe I won’t.

This wreath can also be made with strips of fabric in any color you choose instead of sandwich bags, if desired.

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