Saturday, November 29, 2008

Advent Activity Calendar - December 20

Scripture Reading:

Isaiah 48:17-19

“This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: 'I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be cut off nor destroyed from before me.'"

Country in Focus: Your Family's!

Tradition: Find out!

Activity: Have a "feast"!


There are as many different Christmas feast traditions as there are countries!
Choose the one from your families heritage. Participate in that in a small way tonight.
Discuss which members of your family came from that country. How long ago was that? Did you participate in these traditions as a child or is this the first time for you as well?

For example, everybody thinks "meat" when they think Polish. The Veggie Tales song about the 12 days of Christmas doesn't help dispel that myth. But did you know that some families celebrated Christmas by serving 9 meatless dishes to represent the 9 months that Mary was pregnant with Jesus? You did know that you could make pierogi without meat, right?

Or did you know in Italy, that a tradition Christmas Eve dinner is made up of 7 types of fish dishes? This number actually changes depending on the town of the family's origin.

Wikipedia has a list of Christmas Dishes by country.

The History of Christmas also has a list of many different traditions by country, not just food.

As does The World of Christmas.

You can also do an internet search on your country and "Christmas Food Traditions".
Some websites that I found interesting were for Norway, Greece, and Iceland.

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