Advent Activity Calendar

Advent and 12 Days of Christmas Activity Calendar 2014

1 Get a Christmas Tree.

Set up the tree.

Make an ornament.

Decorate the tree.

Set up the Nativities.

St. Nicholas Day.
Set out the Santas.

Get greens and mistletoe and decorate the house with them. Have hot cocoa when we get home.
Baking Day
Fruitcake, Pinwheel Cookies, North Pole Cupcakes
Polar Express Movie Night

Make wreaths.

Begin making gifts.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Prepare for St. Lucia Day.
Make Saffron Buns and gingerbread.

St. Lucia Day
Breakfast in Bed for Parents!

Make Swedish Wooden Star ornaments.

Bake and put together gingerbread houses.

Cookie Baking Day : Melted Snowmen

First Day of Hanukkah.
Light the menorah.
Las Posadas
Have a Mexican teatime.

(Our 25th
Baking Day: Russian Tea Cakes, Gfcf Christmas Cut-out Sugar Cookies, gingerbread men

Celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

Anniversary Dinner and Secret Santas Shopping at Brenda's.
Decorate gingerbread houses.
Drive around and look at lights.

First Day of Winter
Christmas at Brenda's.

Baking Day

Finish any activities we want to complete before Christmas day.
Christmas Eve, Last minute decorations.
Open a present.
Christmas Day,
Read the Christmas story from the Bible.
2nd Day of Christmas,
Feast of St. Stephen.
Deliver gifts.

3rd Day of Christmas;
Write thank you notes.

4th Day of Christmas,
Feast of the Holy Innocents, 
James' Birthday Celebration

5th Day of Christmas
Make Walnut Fortunes.
6th Day of Christmas
Make Christmas Crackers.

7th Day of Christmas, 
Have a New Year's Eve celebration
8th Day of Christmas, Have a New Year's Day dinner with Hoppin' John and play games.
9th Day of Christmas;
Watch a Christmas movie.
10th Day of Christmas; Roast 
at the 

11th Day of Christmas;
Make a treat and have a Christmas tea.
12th Day of Christmas
Have a Twelfth Night party.

Science Sunday #8: Yeast as Decomposer

This demonstration will show the function of decomposers using yeast, on of the members of the Kingdom Fungi.
This is a very simple demonstration. You just cut two slices off of a peeled banana, that are relatively the same size. Place each slice in a separate baggie. Sprinkle some Baker's yeast over one of the slices in the bag and then seal it up. 
The other one you just seal up. It is your control. Place them somewhere they won't be disturbed and check them every day for a week or more. I will show you next week how our slices look.

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December 12-18, Snapshot Summary

Snapshot Summary
December 12-18

Advent Activities
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Make saffron buns for Saint Lucia Day.
Jesse Tree: Ruth and Naomi

Read Ruth 1:15-2:3
Saint Lucia Day
Breakfast in Bed
Jesse Tree: Root of Jesse
Read Isaiah 11:1-5

Make Gingerbread Houses.
Jesse Tree: King David

Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Make Melted Snowmen Cookies
Jesse Tree: David and Goliath

Read 1 Samuel 17: 32-51
First Day of Hanukkah.
Light the menorah.
Prepare to go to Brenda's house.
Jesse Tree: Light of the World

Read Isaiah 9:1-7

Our 25th Anniversary
Las Posadas
Have a Mexican teatime.
Jesse Tree: Lion and Lamb

Read Isaiah 11: 6-9

Baking Day
gfcf sugar cookies
Jesse Tree: Fiery Furnace
Read Daniel 3
Russian Tea Cakes, a Bergenholtz family Christmas tradition
Gingerbread Men

We studied monasticism and also set up a science experiment...

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History and Geography Meme: Medieval History: Monasticism (269-1216)

This week we have been looking at monasticism. Although the first monastery was in Egypt in 269, the monasteries we think of when we think of the Middle Ages began in 540 when St. Benedict wrote the Benedictine rule.

We studied Saint Benedict, Scholastica and the Benedictines and the Cluniacs, which were established in 910 with the foundation of the abbey of Cluny in Burgundy. We also read about:
Saint Francis of Assisi and the Franciscans
Saint Dominic and the Dominicans
Venerable Bede (731 he writes The Ecclesiastical History of the English People)

We followed a Monk's schedule for one day. Oh, what fun and quite eye-opening! We had our own little services. Oh, what an exhausting schedule!

A Monk's Schedule

1:45 am - Wake Up
2:00am - Church service: singing and prayers (Matins)
3:30am - back to sleep
4:00am - church service: singing and prayers (Lauds)
5:00am - private scripture reading and prayer
6:00am - Church service, then breakfast
7:00am - Work
8:00am - Church service: singing and prayers (terce)
9:15am - work
11:45am - Church service: singing and prayers (Sixtus)
12:00pm - Midday meal
1:00pm - Private reading and prayer
1:45pm - sleep
2:45pm - Church service: singing and prayers (Nones)
3:00pm - Work
5:45pm - Meal
6:00pm - Church Service: singing and prayers (Vespers)
7:15pm - Private reading and Prayer
7:45pm - Church service: vespers
8:00pm - Bed

Sources and Resources:

  • The Story of the Middle Ages, S. B. Harding from Heritage History Library
  • The Holy Twins, Benedict and Scholastica by Kathleen Norris
  • The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History, pages 205 and 236-237.
  • A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer, Chapter 43: Being Good.
  • Story of the World, Volume 2: The Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer, Chapter 3: Christianity Comes to Britain
  • The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
  • History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 1 (1-4th grade), Level 2 (5th-8th grade or Level 3 (9th-12th grade)
  • Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey

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Melted Snowman Cookies

Make your sugar cookies. You want them to be irregular in shape so that they look like blobs of melting snow once they are iced. We used an oval cookie cutter and then reshaped them to make them a bit irregular.
 Frost your cookies with royal icing and let some of the icing drip off the sides to resemble melting snow.

 Soften one marshmallow per cookie in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Transfer to the cookie and shape as you like to resemble melting snow.
 Decorate as you wish. There are lots of versions out there, but we just got out all of our holiday sprinkles and my creators went to work.