This post is part of my ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series. To see all posts in the series, click here.
This is a guest post written by Patti from Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy.
According to the Noah Webster 1828 dictionary, “Yule” means the name anciently given to Christmas, or the feast of the nativity of our Savior. “ While dictionary.com says, “yuletide” is the Christmas season. Our family has a lot of things we love doing during the Christmas season. One of my favorite activities is singing Christmas carols. We sing as a family, at church, riding in the van, at nursing homes and any other opportunity we find.
“The Christmas Song”, sung by Nat King Cole is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I love the opening lines:
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos”
Anytime I hear this song play, I immediately picture a roaring fireplace with a family gathered in front of it enjoying time together. Sometimes making memories involves planning and thought. Other times, like during the holidays, memories can be made by spontaneously living in the moment. For example, listening to Christmas carols or watching Christmas movies can be a great way to spend time making memories. Christmas carols, such as this one could be used for copywork, to inspire plays, to inspire fixing snacks or even doing arts and crafts. Also, these songs could be sung for residents of a nursing home or your own neighborhood. Going to visit shut- ins or participating activities at your church can be great ways to make memories and celebrate the Yule season. Another activity may be to take the line from this song about Yule-tide Carols and have your children see how many different words they can create using those letters. Of course, you could select more words to include if you like. Crossword puzzles or word finds created from the words of the song or related to Yule is another fun activity.
Yarn can be a great tool to use during the holidays. Children can use it to hang ornaments, make pictures by gluing strands of yarn to construction paper. Also, yarn could be used to leave trails for children to follow to find hidden “treasures” in the home. Strands of yarn can be used to hang Jesse Tree ornaments to a Jesse Tree. Or your family could create crafts using yarn to share with a local nursing home or hospital such as blankets.
Another Christmas tradition is the Yule Log. According to www.whychristmas.com, this tradition began with the Nordics. Originally, families selected a special tree to be burned during the twelve days of Christmas. At the end of the twelve days, any pieces leftover were carefully kept for the next year to light the new Yule log. Today, a tastier version of the Yule Log can be made. On the Betty Crocker website, a recipe for a Yule log cake may be found. This particular cake involves a Devil’s food cake mix, whipped cream and chocolate icing. A search of Pinterest yields many more versions of Yule cakes, or buche de Noel cakes to make, including ones with espresso, white chocolate and raspberry and other tasty combinations. Baking allows for creativity and the opportunity to involve even younger children in the process. Decorating the Yule log allows for even more creativity. Plus, everyone can enjoy the results. Or your family could share it with someone who may appreciate it even more.
Christmas is a wonderful time to reflect back on the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ and His miraculous birth. But it is also a time to reflect back on the year that is winding down and prepare for the New Year that is about to start. It is a time for making memories and reflecting on all the blessings we have received.
May yesterday be a wonderful memory to treasure. May today be a wonderful time to enjoy and yearn to savor to the most. Plus, tomorrow is something to look forward to be a blessing. May God bless everyone to yearn to enjoy our lives to the fullest.
Patti’s family is a Military Homeschooling Family who lives in North Central Pennsylvania.They put their faith in the one true Sovereign God. They have been on their homeschooling journey for over 10 years now. They have four children – three sons ages 19, 17 and 15 along with a daughter who is 13. She blogs at Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy about their life as a family, as homeschoolers, and their faith which guides their daily lives. She also blogs at https://truthandgracewritingandlifecoaching.wordpress.com/ about the very beginning of her journey of being a writer and about working on her masters degree in Human Services with a concentration in Life Coaching. She never dreamed this is where she would wind up, but this is where she finds herself being led to go.