Saturday, November 29, 2008

Advent Activity Calendar - December 23

Scripture Reading:

Isaiah 49:11-13

“I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up. See, they will come from afar -- some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan. Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.'”

Country in Focus: Mexico

Tradition: Poinsettia

Activity: Make a craft with poinsettias.


Poinsettia napkins rings

Paper Poinsettia

Poinsettia Paper Plate Craft


Why do we decorate with this beautiful plant at Christmas?

The story of the poinsettia comes to us from Mexico. The legend says that a brother and sister, named Maria and Pablo were so poor that they barely had enough food to eat two meals a day. During the Christmas season the village held parades and parties. The children were so excited! There was even a manger scene built at the local church. All the children in the village wanted to give Baby Jesus a gift. Maria and Pablo wanted to give Baby Jesus a gift too. But they had no money for a gift.

Since Maria and Pablo had nothing to give Him, they left for church earlier than the rest of the children. On the way, they stopped and picked some weeds to decorate the crib for Baby Jesus. While they were decorating the crib, the other children from the village arrived. Unfortunately, the children began to make fun of Maria and Pablo. Maria and Pablo were so distraught that they burst into tears. Then a miracle happened! The weeds burst open into beautiful red star shaped flowers. All the children realized that Jesus was more pleased with Maria and Pablo's gift because it was given in love.

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