“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace
there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.” – Isaiah 9:5-7
Here are some ideas to help you and your family celebrate Christ’s birth!
- Read the story of the birth of Jesus.
- Visit Eclectic Homeschool Online’s beautifully illustrated retelling of The Christmas Story.
- Use the Christmas season to enjoy a Christmas unit study with your family. One of our favorites is A Blessed Christmas, centered around the symbols of Christmas. You might also enjoy one of Karen Caroe’s other Christmas units: Good Christian Men Rejoice! celebrating favorite Christmas carols and hymns, and The Names of Jesus. Cindy Downes also has an Amazing Grace Christmas unit study.
- Homeschool in the Woods is offering a Mini-Study of Christmas. This “mini” unit includes lessons in the areas of History, Geography, Language Arts, Science, Math, Music, Art, Drama and Community Service!
- Download a Jesse Tree Advent Family Devotional, a free e-book from Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience, and unwrap “more of His love in the world.”
- Count down to Christmas with Advent Calendar for Families from Homeschooled-Kids.com. Each day will bring a variety of Bible readings, crafts, activities and more!
- Make a matchbox Advent calendar – a fun craft for the entire family that can be used year after year!
- Younger ones will enjoy Nativity Lapbook by Angela Frampton, a free Christmas lapbook focusing on the nativity.
- Based on the Charlotte Mason tradition of education, Living Books Curriculum is offering a free Christmas Helper (pdf) featuring picture studies, copywork, poetry, short stories, and recipes.
- Share favorite Christmas carols and hymns with your children.
- Share a heart-warming Christmas story such as The Bird’s Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin, “The Tailor of Gloucester” by Beatrix Potter, or “The Gift of the Magi” by O’Henry.
- Christmas is the season of sharing…Christmas cookies! The 2011 Cookie Countdown from Taste of Home provides favorite recipes for Christmas cookies each day of December through Christmas.
- The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has a 2010 Digital Holiday Supplement. Also, be sure to check out the 2009 Digital Holiday Supplement that included Christmas activities, carols, crafts, gifts, loads of recipes and tips for making Christmas peaceful.
- Deck out your computer with this free Christmas wallpaper from BJU Press.
- Draw a reindeer. Free lesson from Carol Hurst, Draw-Write-Now.
- As always, you’ll find lots of crafts and activities at Annie’s Christmas Welcome Page.