Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Best Resources for Christmas on the Web

Welcome to what there is of the December Newsletter

Dear Friends,
I apologize for the brevity but once again have found myself in a time crunch.

In the wonder and insanity of this time of year we need to carve out those moments of absolute stillness to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Advent studies are a wonderful way to do that and I am going to share some of the best resources I know with you in this newsletter.
Our family settles in each evening to light the candles on our Advent wreath and read a chapter from Jotham's Journey. As I understand it, they are finally republishing the 2nd and 3rd in the series. I am thrilled about it and you can read about it here.
In these difficult times it can be hard to rejoice but what better time to do so than right now? "In this world you will have trouble, but you have overcome the world" goes a song from a cantata. We have a hope unlike any other and we celebrate it here and now with the time of our Savior's birth.
Nobody says it better than Linus, who quotes from Luke, "and the angel said unto them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you you is born in the city of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.' And suddenly, there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest and on Earth peace and goodwill toward men.' That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown."
I hope your Christmas season is full of joy and wonder.



Terri Gordon's Mom, Anne Moorehead, has passed away after a 2 year battle with cancer. Details and guest book are here.

Noel, Night of Everlasting Love, will be presented on December 20th and 21st at Falmouth Baptist Church at 6:30 pm, refreshments to follow the performance.
Directions to the church are here.

Don't forget about our very own Lori, Sean and Amy Chapman in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" December 12th and 13th at 7:30 and the 14th at 2:30 at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Tickets at 508-394-7100.

Flotsam and Jetsam
Best of the Web for Christmas

*****Teaching Mom's Advent Calendar
Bar none my favorite all time resource for all things Christmas.

a mini- study for Christmas from Homeschool in the Woods

wonderful site for Jesse Tree Devotions

A lovely Advent coloring book at DLTK

History of the Creche

All things Gingerbread here at Annie's, history, legend, stories, recipes and more.

Really great Christmas clip art

Nativity and other paper dolls, too adorable! print on cardstock for best results.

One of my favorite sites, art and the Bible

Christmas crafts for the younger set.

My Favorite Christmas Carols by my favorite artists, hope you find something to inspire you!
These are all clickable links to youtube videos of each song.

Josh Groban's O Holy Night
His album Noel is one of the most wonderful celebrations of the season I know.

Celtic Woman, Carol of the Bells
Can't help it, Irish heritage, these voices transport me.

Jars of Clay, When Love Came Down
Very sweet video of the song, watch for your favorite Veggie Tale guys!

King's College Cambridge, Once in David's Royal City
Nothing quite compares to a boys choir for some songs.

Sarah McLachlan's O Little Town of Bethlehem.
So beautiful, just Sarah and her guitar.

Selah, Rose of Bethlehem.
Not to be missed.

A little Educational Exercise
Christmas Logic Fun from Classical Academic Press!
Can you recognize the fallacies in these common Christmas statements!

Christmas Books!
Free online, some of our family favorites.

On the Lighter Side.
This months top timewasters!

The Christmas Carol Quiz
Here, find one you like!

Disclaimer: All opinions are those of the editor and are not to be construed as otherwise or authoritative.


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