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The Nativity: Jesus Christ, Our Savior’s Birth

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The Nativity: Jesus Christ, Our Savior’s Birth


PREPARATION:
1- Down load the family chart HERE which is editable/fill-in so you can keep track of which family member has participated how and when. It’s a great way to keep track of assignments during family time and family home evening
Chart for Family time
 
2- Read through the lesson ahead of time, as well as provide support to all participating so they can be prepared. It may be helpful to young children or those needing extra guidance, to be ready with their part of the Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) Lesson so everyone can feel needed and successful.
 
3- Print of any pictures, coloring pages, etc., that you will be using during the lesson.
 
4- Here’s a big secret I’ve used with raising 5 kids and having Family Home Evenings.  Of course a treat is NOT necessary, but it IS a great help.  My biggest trick…ssshhhh…. keep a hidden purchased bag of candy or cookies that everyone likes as a backup, just in case there isn’t time to make a dessert.  I know it isn’t necessary to have something, but it’s easy to use it as an excuse for some reason sometimes. Having a treat, some fruit, something everyone likes, goes a long way in getting everyone together 🙂
 
5- Most important! Remember that not everyone is going to be cooperative and supportive all of the time.  But keep at it.  This is one of the most valuable and long-lasting ways you can spend your time with your family. Let discussions and conversations flow naturally. It will bring a spirit of cooperation, love and long lasting relationships like nothing else can.
 

LESSON TIME:

The Nativity: Jesus Christ, Our Savior’s Birth
1- Begin with a SONG: (you can sing along with just the music or the music and voices, as you click on the tabs provided)
The Nativity Song   Children’s’ SongBook  Click on the song title and choose music, or music and vocal
 
2- Opening PRAYER:   Take turns, or whoever is most comfortable saying a prayer
 
3- Ask this QUESTION:
1- Why do we need a Savior, or Jesus Christ? 
2- Why was it important that He was born and came to earth anyway?
 
4- Watch this video 

 
4 – SCRIPTURES: Luke 2:1-7 King James Version

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

5- Show this Video:

Mary taught her son Jesus to pray as parents do. She knew he, and all her children had much to accomplish here on earth.  Of course our Savior had the greatest mission of ALL.  We must try every day to follow Him and be like Him.
“(Mary)…kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19)

Jesus learned to work alongside Joseph to be a carpenter  (Mark 6:3) 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jesus learned and studied many subjects including the scriptures. He understood them so well, that he taught the most knowledgeable men gathering in the temple as they did in the day to discuss and learn the scriptures. 
Luke 2:
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among theirkinsfolk and acquaintance.

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Luke 2: 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature (took care of his body, and in favour with God and man.
Notice this verse includes: spiritual, physical, mental and emotional

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jesus took on His mission of teaching of His Father, God, Heavenly Father – who is the same for us, living a perfect life and being the example in all ways; so that we can go back to live with Him and our Father again.
Because He chose to be selfless, overcome the temptations of the world and loves us, He atoned for our sins, died and was resurrected and lives.  He gives us the opportunity to repent, change and be like Him more every day because of His GREAT LOVE for every single one of us – You and me.  He knows each person by name, individually. All He asks is that we follow His example and do the very best we can. 
1- I have given you an example, John 13:15.
2- I am the way, the truth, and the life, John 14:6.
Discuss the two scriptures and these two statements:
Through Jesus’ Atonement and Resurrection, those who repent of their sins and obey God’s commandments can live eternally with Jesus and the Father
Jesus Christ is the greatest being to be born on this earth. His life is the perfect example of how all mankind should live.
 
8- Closing Listening to one, or both of these songs, is a wonderful way to end this lesson.

 

 
8- Closing PRAYER 
9- Treat of choice
10 –  I hope you will visit the 25 Ways, 25 Days #LightTheWorld 2017 and consider participating in the  #LightTheWorld   with me and all of us at A Mother’s Shadow.  Even if it’s already begun, that’s OK!  Jump in, or catch up.  It’s a wonderful experience that will change your family forever. 
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017
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Be Kind To All Animals, They Are God’s Creations

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A lesson about being kind to animals and our own value taken from a portion of George Dawson's life a real life person who lived to be over 100 and learned to read at 98.

Be Kind To All Animals, They Are God’s Creations

 

Family Time Family Home Evening:

Be Kind To ALL Animals, They Are God’s Creations

The purpose of Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) Lessons are to give your family the opportunity to be together: learn God’s commandments, His Gospel, strengthen family relationships, open communication and have the tools to teach important values and morals.   R

Remember the kite string allows a person to soar, not hold them back.  To learn more, click HERE  

TOPIC:

This lesson is about the importance of being kind to animals, being patient with them and realizing that they are not the same as people. It also addresses the value we have as human beings. 

The purpose of the Family Time Chart is to give each person a responsibility so they have a purpose and reason to be involved in the lesson.  As they rotate in the tasks, they learn new talents they may not know they had!  

I hope you can use this lesson as a resource and adapt to your family so that each feels included, loved and it is a way to explain ethics and beliefs that God has given as a foundation so we can soar and reach our highest potential here on earth. 

 

PREPARATION:

1- Down load the family chart of your choice and lesson materials HERE

Using the chart, keep track of which family member has participated how and when; it keeps everyone involved.

Chart for Family timeWay to keep track of assignments during family time and family home evening

2- Read through the lesson ahead of time, as well as provide support to all participating so they can be prepared. It may be helpful to young children or those needing extra guidance, to be ready with their part of the Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) Lesson so everyone can feel needed and successful. 

 

3- Print of any pictures, coloring pages, etc., that you will be using during the lesson.

 

4- Here’s a big secret I’ve used with raising 5 kids and having Family Home Evenings.  Of course a treat is NOT necessary, but it IS a great help.  My biggest trick…ssshhhh…. keep a hidden purchased bag of candy or cookies that everyone likes as a backup, just in case there isn’t time to make a dessert.  I know it isn’t necessary to have something, but it’s easy to use it as an excuse for some reason sometimes. Having a treat, some fruit, something everyone likes, goes a long way in getting everyone together 🙂 

 

5- Most important! Remember that not everyone is always cooperative and supportive all of the time.  But keep at it.  This is one of the most valuable and long-lasting ways you can spend your time with your family. Let discussions and conversations flow naturally. It will bring a spirit of cooperation, love and long lasting relationships like nothing else can.

 

LESSON TIME:

SHOW KINDNESS TO ANIMALS

Show the picture of George and his mule.A lesson about being kind to animals and our own value taken from a portion of George Dawson's life a real life person who lived to be over 100 and learned to read at 98.

Be Kind To All Animals, They Are God’s Creations

 

Adapt this lesson in accordance to your family’s needs, so each individual is able to grasp the importance of being kind to animals, and how important they are to God.

 

1- Begin with a SONG: (You can sing along with just the music or the music and voices, as you click on the tabs provided.  If you/your family are unfamiliar with the song, have it play the vocal with the music through, then sing along the second time through.)

 Kindness Begins With Me, Children’s’ SongBook  Click on the song title and choose music, or music and vocal

 

2- Opening PRAYER:   Of course there are many ways to pray, just please include it since it’s so important for your family! For Family Time, take turns, or whomever is most comfortable saying a prayer may want to do it more often.

If you have any questions, or want to know more about prayer, this link will help you.

Also here is this video

 

3- Ask this QUESTION:

Have you ever hurt an animal just because you were mad, frustrated or angry?

 

4- Person in charge of the STORY: (give whichever version, or adapt to combine)

Younger Version

A long time ago a boy named George was asked by his Papa to go get their family mule so they could go to town.

Back then the mule was very important to the family to help with the work, to pull the wagon, and so many other things.  This family loved their mule and it’s name was Blue.

George went to get Blue as his Papa had asked.

He called to the mule, but Blue wouldn’t come.

George pretended to have a carrot behind his back, but Blue still didn’t come, so George yelled at him and called him names.

Blue started to run away from George because it frightened him.

This made George mad, so he picked up a rock and threw it at him, hitting Blue in the eye.

George felt so bad!  

He told his Papa what he did, which is so good he didn’t lie.

Blue got an infection in that eye and went blind.

George always felt so bad about that and promised he would never hurt Blue or another animal again.

He never did, even though he lived to be 103 years old!

We must treat animals kindly when we have pets or visit others who have pets. 

 

Older Version

George Dawson was a remarkable, kind and generous man who lived to be 103 years old!  He even learned to read at 98 years old because it was the first time he had the chance to do it! He had a wonderful outlook and loved life.

When he was asked if he had any regrets, his answer was yes.  It was when he hurt Blue, the family mule.

See back in the very early 1900’s cars were scarce and mules were very important, especially to poor people.  For plowing to put in crops for growing their food, pulling the wagon and other things that required strength.

The trouble happened when George was told by his father to go hitch up Blue to the wagon before going to town.

Well, animals are different than we are and they are supposed to be.  We think more, communicate at a much higher level and can reason things out.

George could have gotten a lump of sugar or a carrot to persuade Blue to come to him, making it easy to put on the halter in order to hitch the mule to the wagon, but instead, he only pretended to have a treat.

Blue must have figured it out by the smell or sight and wouldn’t just come by the demands of George calling, then yelling at him.

In fact, Blue started moving away, which made George angry.

Instead of going into the house for a carrot, or calming down and remembering it was an animal he was working with, George picked up a rock which hit Blue right smack in the head.

Blue started braying (the sound a mule makes) in pain.

George tried to get close to help him, but the mule didn’t trust him now and wouldn’t let him near. George worried because he could see the eye was really hurt.

He knew he had to go tell his dad what had happened.  This showed George’s character, he didn’t lie about what he did.

The family didn’t have the money for a veterinarian to care for Blue, however, they did the best they could; sadly Blue went blind in that eye.

George was very ashamed about what he did. How could he ask forgiveness of a mule?

In his book George said: “We was to have that mule for many more years.  Every time he looked at me, I hurt inside. To this day, I still feel badly about it.  I promised myself that I would never hit an animal again. And, though it’s been more than eighty-years, I never have.”  LIFE IS SO GOOD by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

 

 

(Person in charge of this would be prepared to read from their scriptures or from online)

5- SCRIPTURE: (show picture of sparrows and coins)

King James Version – Luke 12:6

Questions to ask after reading the appropriate version of the scripture below (younger or older):

1- Are animals important to us?

2- Are animals important to God 

3- Are we important to God?

 

Show this picture

Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

 

Young Version

King James Version – Luke 12:6  Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

In Jesus’s time, people would go to the market to buy food instead of the store like we do. 

Poor people ate sparrows because they were so cheap to eat.

Jesus is telling us that even though the sparrow wasn’t worth very much money at all, God still knows about every single sparrow. 

Just like the sparrow, God knows about you and me.  He knows our name, and He loves us.

Like the sparrow, all animals are important to God because He created them and wants us to be kind to them.

 

Older Version

King James Version – Luke 12:6  Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

Back in the time when Christ lived, birds were generally used for food.

There were many types of birds, but the sparrows were the least expensive that could be purchased, and cost only a farthing for two of them.

Actually, if you bought a large quantity, you could get them even cheaper.

So how much was a farthing worth?

The ‘farthing’ was a tiny copper coin that held only a very small value.

So to Jesus was telling us that the farthing, which is almost insignificant in value still purchases two sparrows.

The value of two sparrows would be considered nothing to that of a human life.

 YET, Jesus is saying that God knows and cares about every single sparrow.

God has a reason for every single creature and animal He creates.

We have the responsibility to be kind to the animals we have a responsibility for as our pets and any that we can otherwise.

 

6- Person in charge of this, should have it copied off in advance, with colored pencils or crayons ready –

ACTIVITY:

The younger kids may want this picture

Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

 

And the teens and adults may want to color this picture

Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

 

7- The person in charge of this can talk about it, or arrange it as an activity for the family

ACTIVITY Go to, or donate to a shelter.  You can see our experience when we did this HERE

 

8- Closing PRAYER: Person Assigned 

 

9- TREAT/Dessert:

These Cream Cheese Cookies are sure to be a hit! You can get the recipe HERECream Cheese Chocolate Chip CookiesCopyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017

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100 Dice Game

Family Games = Bonding Time

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100 Dice Game

Family members sees our time spent with them valuable and worth more than any amount of money.  Scheduling in games to play together be a cherished memory their whole life through. Playing games is perfect way to have FUN, teach sportsmanship, how to win graciously and lose civilly – both necessary life skills.    

Game Time!




  Game Time 1 Milk Jug & Ball Toss Quick to throw together anytime and for any age Two Games: First is a toss game for 2 players to as many as you’d like.  Simply cut clean milk jugs out of one side.  Holding the handle, toss the ball to the other player who catches the ball with their milk jug.   Game Time 2  Second Game: Using clean empty milk jugs or cartons, mark points on each.  Adjusting for the age of the participants, place the containers far or close for the ball toss.  Add up the points as players toss the ball.



 DSC_0117Candy Bar Game Here is a GREAT fam­ily or group activity.  There is lit­tle prepa­ra­tion, inex­pen­sive and will get every­one involved for a great time.  Sup­plies: Scarf, hat, jacket, gloves (bulk, inex­pen­sive gar­den gloves work really well here) Frozen large candy bar Tin dis­pos­able pan (I’d dou­ble it up) Large table spoon 2 Dice Instruc­tions: Place the wrapped and frozen Roll dice to see who begins first. The player who rolls the high­est begins. The begin­ner player at the ‘GO’ hur­ries to put on the scarf, hat, jacket and gloves. He works to unwrap the candy bar while wear­ing the gloves (and other cloth­ing) and with the spoon breaks off pieces of the candy bar to eat. RULE: to eat the candy bar, the player must take off the gloves, eat it com­pletely, put on the gloves and con­tinue (ok, I don’t share my straw in my drink either) MEANWHILE the other play­ers are rolling the dice. The player sit­ting next to the begin­ner rolls first and gets ONE roll. If they get a dou­ble six, all yell “DOUBLES” and the player with the candy has to take off any of the cloth­ing and pass it with the candy bar and spoon to the player who rolled Doubles. If the player did not roll dou­bles on their only shake, they quickly pass the dice to the next player. This con­tin­ues as quickly as pos­si­ble allow­ing a player to roll dou­bles, pre­vent­ing any one player from eat­ing the candy bar.  Have fun and enjoy the treat — if you roll doubles!


100 Dice GameOh, it’s time for some fam­ily FUN!      This FUN game is called 100 and will fit the bill per­fectly for 3 play­ers  and up.   It’s for any age that can write their num­bers OR roll the dice while a par­ent writes.   Low prep, easy to play and great for any time and anywhere!   Stan’s brother Brad and his wife Ruthann are some of the most fun peo­ple I know. They love to play games as a fam­ily and taught us this one a few years back. It’s called 100 and is a ter­rific game to take along any­where to play any­time.

100

Sup­plies: 2 dice (6 sided dice) Small pieces of paper, one per player Pen — one that is smooth such as shown   Direc­tions: Each player takes one piece of paper and rolls ONE die. The high roll begins the game. The player to the left of the begin­ner player gets the pen and at “GO” begins to write 1,2,3,4, etc. Mean­while the per­son with the dice is rolling BOTH dice and if the per­son rolls any­thing but dou­ble SIX’S after rolling, passes the dice to the next per­son, skip­ping the per­son with the pen. The next per­son quickly rolls, also try­ing to roll DOUBLE SIXES. If a dou­ble six is rolled, the per­son who rolled it grabs the pen from the per­son writ­ing and begins to write on their own paper 1,2,3, and on. The next player grabs the dice and rolls. If they get a DOUBLE SIX they grab the pen and write their 1,2,3, etc. If not, the next per­son gets the dice. If a per­son rolls DOUBLE SIXES and has already begun to write num­bers on their paper, they pick up where they left off. When a player reaches 100, they shout ONE HUNDRED and wins the game.  

Copy­right Car­rie Grone­man,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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Halloween Prank

Attack of the Pumpkins & Revenge

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Halloween Prank

Last year my practical joker son Derek surprised us with 82 pumpkins IN my house….  You can read about it HERE
Sssoooo, Stan and I just couldn’t let that be the last word now could we!?!  Some weeks later, this is what we did, click HERE  (So grateful for a very good natured daughter-in-law, Tawni, who gets caught in the fray, lol.)
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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014
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