Even though Christmas decorations go on sale in September, retailers start their Chrismas specials before Thanksgiving, and for weeks leading up to Chrismtas there are lights, carols, presents, visits with Santa, parties and much more; in the church the actual holiday of Christmas does not begin until December 25th. While our culture may take a collective deep breath before hitting the after Chrismas clearance sales, the 12 days of Christmas are just beginning in the church. Christmas day itself ushers in the celebration of the birth of Christ, and the celebration on Epiphany on January 6th marks the end of the season.
What better way to celebrate than to look back at the sweet Christmas play the children preformed before we started our break? Thank you to Meg Porter of Meg Porter Photography for these photos. The children all did a wonderful job telling the story of the birth of Jesus!
The toddlers were cows and lambs, and the primary children chose their parts. We had angels, kings, shepherds, stars, donkeys, a dove, and more.
Once everyone was dressed, we were ready to head upstairs to the sanctuary.
When everyone was in place, we were ready to start with our first song - Light One Candle. The toddlers took turns placing (electric) candles in the advent wreath. It was very exciting to see the whole wreath lit up! During Advent, we prepared for Christmas by lighting one candle each week. Finally - we got to see the wreath with all the candles lit!
"Light one candle for hope,
Light one candle for peace,
Light one candle for joy,
Light one candle for love."
Then it was time to say a little poem based on the 12 Days of Christmas. We were so proud of the children for learning their lines and standing up in front of the whole church. They really did an amazing job!
We finished up by singing 'Away in a Manger' and 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas'. We hope everyone had a wonderful break and we are looking forward to seeing you back at school next week!
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