I can’t believe we are approaching the 3rd week of Advent. Sadly, though, Satan has thrown our whole calendar out of whack. We will be playing catch up with the crafts again this weekend. OH BOY! Hopefully, God can clear out a day or two for us!! Ahem.. perhaps, I need to learn the word, “No.”
The third week of Advent is all about sharing! God is the ultimate giver! He shared Jesus with us and continues to do so even today. God specifically asks us to ask and we shall receive. We may not like or even feel disappointed with what we received…nonetheless we did receive what God feels is right. Can I hear an Amen??
Third Sunday At-Home Candle Ceremony
Light the first candle: We light this candle to remind us that God planned for Christ to enter this world. And with Jesus brings peace.
Light the second candle: We light this candle to remind us that God prepared us for Christ. He showed us that Christ heals the sick and that one day there will be no more suffering.
Light the third candle: We are lighting this candle to remind us that God shares Jesus with us. Because He shares we must live patient, sharing lives.
Discussion around James 5:7-10: having patience at Christmas time. How should we treat each other? What does sharing have to do with patience?
Sing “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
Bible Reading: Romans 12:13
Discussion: What does it mean to practice hospitality? This week you will be making goodies for your basket and you will end up sharing them.
Activity: Making Candy Wrappers
EASY!! EASY!! EASY!!
Here’s all you need:
Cut the wax paper into squares big enough to wrap around your candy.
Draw cute Christmas-like pictures along two sides of the square.
Now put those wrappers up in a safe place.. we will use them tomorrow.
Bible Reading: Hebrews 13:16
Discussion: Why is it we tend to think of ourselves and what WE want for Christmas? We must remember that God loves a giving heart. He wants us to give not just at Christmas and for other holidays but everyday!
Activity: Making and Wrapping Candy
Here’s a cool recipe that I think the kids will enjoy doing!! Back in the days of old Molasses was the sweetener of choice. It was inexpensive and full of iron. Sadly after WWI refined sugar took the place of Molasses. Refined sugar costs less and is in almost everything we consume today. We are learning the dangers of refined sugar so why not try an old-fashioned candy made with molasses???? I use “raw” sugar granulates.
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups unsulfured molasses
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- Lightly oil the entire surface of a jellyroll pan with canola oil. Lightly oil a pair of scissors. Stir sugar, molasses, and water together in a medium size deep saucepan. Cook over medium heat, swirling pan occasionally, until it reaches 260 degrees. Be careful it doesn’t boil over. Remove from heat and stir in butter, vanilla and baking soda.
- Immediately scrape mixture onto prepared jellyroll pan and let cool for about 20 minutes. During this time, occasionally scrape the edges up and fold to the middle. You want to move it around and release any heat from underneath.
- When cool enough to handle, lightly oil your hands, and start pulling the taffy. Gather it together and pull. Keep pulling for about 5 minutes. Pull taffy into ropes about 1/2 inch wide and cut 1 inch lengths with the scissors. Place pieces back on pan and cool completely. Wrap individually when cooled.
**When pulling.. make it a family affair!!
Wrapping the candy
Place your candy in the center and wrap.
Twist the ends and TA-DA!!
How fun is that???
Bible Reading: 2 Cor 9:6-7
Discussion: What does the verse mean about a cheerful giver? Talk about reaping what you sow..in a positive manner, of course. What are the benefits of giving?
Activity: Making Pecan Pralines
Yummy! Can’t you just taste them right now??? Did you know that a gentleman named, J.F Ingalls, had a “Home Magazine” in the 1800′s? In his magazine, he talked about the importance of good homemaking and had patterns for splashers (to hang around your washing tub to keep the area dry and to preventing mildew), tidies (coverings for backs of chairs), aprons, and household linens. Sounds like my kind of magazine!! He also included recipes. I found one for pralines that dates at 1879. Can’t wait to try them!!
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3 cups broken pecan pieces ( can use halves )
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Place sugars and water in large heavy pot. Bring to boil. When sugars dissolve, add pecans. Turn heat down and allow mixture to gently simmer uncovered stirring occasionally. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla. Stir until it appears to granulate and stick to spoon. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Allow to cool before removing.
** line last week’s repainted tins with wax paper and fill with cool pralines.
Bible Reading: Proverbs 22:9
Discussion: Talk about being generous. How is God generous? Why should we give to the poor?
Today, take your wrapped molasses taffy and put some in each of the biscuit boxes you made last week. Arrange everything in your basket and gather the family around them. Bless the gifts and the person (s) receiving them.
Bible Reading: Matthew 6: 3-4
Discussion: What do the verses tell us how to behave? Why do you think we should not be proud when giving? How can you make sure you don’t get in the way of your giving?
Activity: Deliver your baskets… anonymously.
Bible Reading: 2 Cor 8:2-5
Discussion: What does it mean to sacrifice for someone else? Why are the poor rewarded in the verses?
Activity: Go to the nearest Christmas tree farm. Pay for someone’s Christmas tree…
Hope you are gearing up for one more week’s worth of Advent activities!! God Bless..