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Have Some Fun and Make Some Memories

Have Some Fun and Make Some Memories

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

Fresh off the heels of the month of gratitude comes another month to be grateful and to give praise to the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” and newborn babe laid in a manger.

Find much to celebrate during the month of Jesus’ birth. Tell the story over and over again. Read it from His Word, and sing hymns proclaiming His birthday. In addition to much fanfare about a baby born in Bethlehem this month, incorporate some of these unusual, but actual, holidays in your family festivities.

National Pear Month – Work together in the kitchen to prepare this seasonal pear cobbler recipe. Stir together one cup of Bisquick mix and one cup of sugar. Add three-fourths cup of milk to dry ingredients and stir until blended. Pour one-half cup of melted butter into a two quart glass baking dish. Pour the Bisquick mixture over the butter evenly, but do not stir. Pour two and a half cups of chopped pears evenly over the top. Sprinkle one-fourth cup of cinnamon imperials candies evenly. Sprinkle two teaspoons of sugar over the fruit mixture. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 50–55 minutes until golden brown.

National Tie Month – Shop as a family for men’s neckties to deliver to a homeless shelter for those in need of dress clothes for job interviews. Sometime this month, practice learning how to tie a necktie and bowtie with dad or a favorite uncle to finish celebrating the holiday!

Bathtub Party Day – Read some rollicking-good bathtime books together before turning in for the evening! Read some of these silly stories: Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems; Bath Time! by Sandra Boynton; The Tub People by Pam Conrad; King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, and The Ocean in Your Bathtub by Seth Fishman. (And, don’t forget to look for the devotional for women, Be Still and Take a Bubble Bath, by Michelle Cox and Julie Lavender.)

International Mountain Day – Use this holiday as an excuse to get outside, even if you don’t live anywhere near the mountains. Go for a walk and enjoy some of God’s beautiful creations outdoors. And, if you do live near the mountains, plan to take a hike on a new hilly or mountain trail and admire God’s masterpieces.

National Candy Cane Day – Work on this craft together and let each person create a candy cane art project. Pour red and white washable paint into two shallow containers. On a sheet of green construction paper, make a candy cane picture by dipping the pointer finger in red and making a red print on the paper. Dip the middle finger in white paint and make a print next to the red fingerprint. Continue this pattern, red followed by white, to create a candy cane shape. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle white glitter over the top of the entire picture. Allow the paint to dry, then shake off the excess glitter.

Continue an attitude of gratefulness and thanksgiving into the festive Christmas season and praise God for sending his Son to save the world. Make lots of memories celebrating the month of December and the birth of Jesus, from related crafts, to outdoor observations of God’s creations, to yummy creations made in the kitchen, to stories about bath time, and a baby in a manger. Sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus, and have a very Merry Christmas!

By: Julie Lavender, the author of 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories, is looking forward to making lots of memories with her family during the Christmas season. Connect with Julie on social media or her website, at julielavenderwrites.com.

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