Why Do We Celebrate?
Holy days, or holidays, are days set apart as sacred to the Lord.
We celebrate God's goodness to honor Him, thank Him, and focus on Him.
We enjoy traditions that give our family an unique identity.
We use holidays as a time to pass on godly values, truths, and character.
How Do We Celebrate?
We celebrates with singing, devotions, old family stories,delicious food, traditions, crafts, and games.
When Do We Celebrate?
God instituted Holy Days, or holidays for Israel.
New Year's Day
Epiphany, or Three Kings Day
St. Valentines Day
St. Patrick's Day
Fourth of July
Celebrate with Joy this Thanksgiving!
Looking for brand new celebrations, traditions, recipes, and projects to make Thanksgiving meaningful and Christ-centered?
Thanksgiving is an amazing time to stop and give thanks to God for all His blessings! But so often, we get caught up in the busyness of preparation and entertaining that we lose focus of the purpose of the day. Let Celebrate Thanksgiving inspire you!
Meredith shares meaningful family traditions, devotions, poems, and prayers that will restore the reason for the season. She will help you help your family to be filled with gratitude for all God's blessings. There is even a chapter on Thanksgiving books to read alone or aloud that expresses the true meaning of this holiday.
This book is packed with photographs, recipes, creative ideas, craft projects, and tips to get you started. With over 50 mouth-watering recipes to try, you will be equipped to host your own holiday festiviites. With planning tips and worksheets, hostessing has never been easier! Let this be your best Thanksgiving ever!
Our American Thanksgiving Story is an exciting, adventurous one that will delight you and your children. Learn the whole story and be amazing at God's faithfulness and the deep devotion of the first Pilgrims. You will be inspired!
There is even a section in the back of chorded hymns to sing with your family, as well as historical documents to peruse through.
Here are the chapters in the book.
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Author: Meredith Curtis
Publisher: Powerline Productions
Paperback: 218 pages (E-book 190 pages)
Celebrate with Joy this Christmas!
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Celebrate with Joy this Holy Week & Easter!
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ooking for a brand new Christmas Eve tradition to keep the season Christ-centered?
Is there anyone who doesn’t love Christmas? We love celebrating Christmas with our families, friends, and church families.
One of our favorite traditions is the Traveling Dinner! Every Christmas Eve the Nolette and Curtis families travel somewhere for fun, food, fellowship and faith-building. We do this in memory of Jesus' Birthday. His parents traveled right before His birth to Bethlehem.
Meredith and Laura share family photographs, recipes, and memories so that your family can start their own Traveling Dinner tradition. This is one of our favorite parts of our Christmas celebration. With love, we pass this book on to you!
This book is packed with photographs, recipes, creative ideas, and tips to help you incorporate this tradition into your own family. We’ve included devotions for the whole family, as well as games and activities to play.
Food is a big part of all of our Christmas celebrations and the Traveling Dinner is no exception. This book is jam-packed with hot weather menus, cold weather menus, and recipes: Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Breads, Main Dishes, Desserts, Beverages, and, of course, Christmas cookies! With over 100 mouth-watering recipes, this book is a Christmas Cookbook too!
Christmas isn’t just for little kids! Teens love Christmas too! Listen to teens share their favorite ways to make Christmas meaningful and fun! You just might find some new Christmas traditions to add to your family’s celebration this season.
From our home to yours! Enjoy our Christmas Devotions!
We start them in the middle of December until January 2. We do this every year and hope that you enjoy reading the Christmas story every year with your family.
Each day there is Scripture to read, questions to discuss, and Christmas carols to sing. Words to Christmas carols are included. Merry Christmas!
In the hustle-bustle, it’s hard to find time to enjoy the Birthday King. Meredith Curtis will share ways to draw apart this Christmas and spend time with Jesus, growing in Him and experiencing His Presence. After all, Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Give Jesus the gift He is looking for this Christmas (His Birthday Celebration): your time and heart.
Travel back in time with us to the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ! Listen to the Christmas story through the eyes of investigative reporters Rebekah Isaacs and Jonathan Davidstein. This very special, very short news show will make you smile.
Holy Week and Resurrection Day (Easter) are more than fancy new dresses and Easter baskets.
Dig into the Word of God this year using our family devotions.
The last week of Jesus’ life is filled with adventure, joy, and sorrow. Let the story wash over you once again as you and your family read the Bible, pray, sing hymns and songs, and celebrate with a hands-on activity.
The devotions start the Saturday before Psalm Sunday and follow the last week of Jesus’ life step by step. But, these devotions don’t end on Easter Sunday.
The following week looks at his post-Resurrection days and final ascension. Be reminded this season of the Resurrection Power of Jesus available to His people today. God bless you and Happy Easter!
Jesus rose from the dead almost 2,000 years ago! Real or not real? Jesus’ Resurrection Power can change your life today! Real or not real? Listen to Pastor Mike Curtis as he shares about the reality of Jesus’ life, death on the cross, and power to change your life today!
Jesus rose from the dead almost 2,000 years ago! What will this explosive power, the same power that raised Christ from the dead do for us after we die? And what about right now? Can Resurrection Power make a difference in your life today? Yes, it can! How does it work? Why is it dangerous? How can you tap into this power source?
Remember Jesus' Heroes
Is there an alternative to celebrating Halloween? Yes! Let's take seriously the example set by the early church of celebrating our history and heritage as Christians.
Learning church history can not only be painless, it can be fun! Try having a Heroes for Jesus Party with your family, church family, and friends. You just need some volunteers to dress up as your favorite church history heroes and stay in character for an hour or so....How about bringing in the Apostle Paul, St. Francis of Assisi, Amy Carmichael, St. Patrick, Martin Luther, or St. Augustine? Your children will not even realize they are learning about church history!
We have been having Heroes for Jesus parties for years with everyone who participates having a grand time! We have loved making memories and learning together about mighty men and women who have changed the world for the glory of God!
Celebrate our Christian Heroes covers: How, Why, and What to Celebrate, Alternatives to Celebrating Halloween, and How to have your own Heroes for Jesus Party. Here are some of the heroes covered in the book.
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Travel to Colonial Times
Looking for a unit study for December that the whole family will enjoy?
Dig deeper into America’s Colonial era.This four week unit study is set in Colonial times. In Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America, learn how they celebrated Christmas in Colonial Days! With hospitality devotions to start each day and information about Colonial Times to read aloud, your children will be learning about history and God’s Word!
With suggestions for family read aloud fun and hands-on activities, this book is filled with craft, recipe, and project ideas to make Colonial Times come alive. Make Christmas presents and make Christmas cards with feather pens and berry ink. Set a table Colonial style with a handmade centerpiece.
Learn about life at sea! This unit ends with a Christmas Tea or French & Indian War Airsoft party, depending on your children’s interest. We have enjoyed doing Christmas unit studies in December, taking a little break from our more rigorous year.
Recipes to Make in this Unit StudyHard Tack Clam Chowder Scurvy Prevention Citrus Cups Squanto Garden Dessert Wassail Eggnog Cranberry Bread Syllabub Hasty Pudding German Sauerkraut Amish Pork & Sauerkraut Moravian Love Feast Buns Pennsylvania Duetsch Butter Cookies Moravian Christmas Cookies Amish Shoo Fly Pie St. Lucia Buns Pepparkakor Cookies (Swedish) George Washington’s Favorite Hot Chocolate Martha Washington’s Fruit Cake
Books & Materials Needed in Unit Study: Made for Trade (Board Game)
Music CD Handel’s "Messiah"
…If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann Mc Govern; Scholastic; New York, 1992 …
If You Grew up with George Washington by Ruth Belov Gross, Scholastic, New York
…If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days by Barbara Brenner, (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation), Scholastic, New York
Bible: Hospitality Devotions
History: Christmas Celebrations in Colonial America Jamestown Plymouth Sea Travel Education Daily Life Virginia New England Moravians Huguenots Swedish Lutherans Great Awakening French & Indian War Trades George & Martha Washington
Geography & Science: Label map of 13 colonies Pineapples Cranberries
Writing/Poetry: Dictations/Copying Sea Life vocabulary What would you take to sea? Letter to Pastor John Write a Hymn Gift Wit and Rhymes Huguenot Diary Trade Report Write Story set in Colonial America Write Colonial Christmas Booklet
Music/Art/Philosophy: Make & Illustrate Timeline Pilgrim Paintings Draw Colonial Family Listen to Handel’s Messiah Sing Christmas Carols Discuss Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God Photograph projects Illustrate Christmas Booklet
Homemaking: Lots of Cooking & Baking (see recipes below) Core & dry Apples Menu Planning & Shopping Fix a Colonial Meal Polish Silver Set Table Colonial Style Decorate Christmas Tree Wrapping Presents Setting up Nativity Scene Plan End-of-Unit Party
Crafts/Activities/Games: Play Made for Trade Make a Pomander Ball Make a Compass Identify Parts of a Ship Plant Corn like Pilgrims Make “Parchment” Paper Make Berry Ink Make Quill Pen Make a Horn Book Make Fruit Pyramid Decorate House Colonial Style Make Pineapple Centerpiece Make Christmas Wreaths Straw Ornaments French Minuet English Country Dance Make Colonial Architecture & Furniture Poster Make Oatmeal Box Cradle Act out French & Indian War & Videotape Make Display Table
Hospitality: Colonial Meal for Family Make Christmas Gift List & Shop Invite Another Family to Dinner Plate of Cookies to Neighbors Tea or Airsoft Party
Virtual Field Trips: Jamestown Several related to Pilgrims Sturbridge Village Williamsburg Mt. Vernon
Bonus: Historic Documents Mayflower Compact Constitution of Connecticut Declaration of Independence
Bonus: Colonial Christmas Carols The Snow Lay on the Ground The First Noel God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Coventry Carol Hark, the Herald Angels Sing Joy to the World The Holly and the Ivy I Saw Three Ships
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Enjoy Baking Cookies
Is there anyone who doesn't love Christmas cookies?
This unit study, made with love, is jam-packed with mouth-watering, festive recipes to make and bake for Christmas. You will bake and freeze cookies and make cookies mixes in a jar to give as gifts.
The idea of doing unit studies for the month of December was a way to stretch out the celebration of Christmas because I just love Christmas and making memories with my little lambs. But, I also love to learn and this unit study is full of fun things to learn.
Each day you will do Christmas time devotions, sing some Christmas carols and read a beloved Christmas picture book. The picture books are not just great stories, but represent a wide variety of art work in the illustrations. As all picture books, they are a journey into the world of art, as well as storyland. Christmas carol lyrics are in the back of the unit study so that you can sing every day too. Many of the classic Christmas carols are filled with great things about Jesus and our relationship with Him! There are other activities too-poems to write, gifts to wrap, crafts, games, and parties to plan. Combine Christmas celebrating with learning to have a productive and pleasant holiday season. Enjoy!
Of course, the focus is on cookies, so get reading to learn the difference between baking soda and baking powder, as well as why cookies made with butter spread thinner. And by the way, how did cookies come to be part of our world?
Here are the cookies you will make in this unit study: • Cherry Almond Coconut Fruitcake Bars • Honey Butter Fruitcake Cookies • Cranberry Pecan Bar Cookies • Craisin Cookies • Gingerbread Man Cookies • Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with Different Add-Ins • Oatmeal Raisin • Thumbprint Cookies • Chocolate Crinkles • Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles • Orange Poppy Seed Cookies • Candy Cane Coookies • M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar • Viennese Coffee Balls Cookie Mix in a Jar • Brownie Mix in a Jar
Here are the picture books you will need to check out from the library or purchase at your favorite bookstore.
A Fruitcake Christmas (Hermie and Friends Series #5) by Max Lucado
The Gingerbread Man (Grimm's Fairy Tale) Cranberry Christmas by Wende and Harry Devlin
Hansel and Gretel (Grimm's Fairy Tale)
Arthur's Christmas Cookies by Lillian Hoban
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomy by Susan Wojciechowski
One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher by Robert Kraus
Can't Wait til Christmas by Mike Huckabee
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
The Legend of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall
Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walenburg
The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus' Birth by Dandi Daley Mackall
Humphrey's First Christmas by Carol Heyer
Of course, this unit study is no longer mine as I give it to you. Please adapt it however you need to so that it will work for your family! Cut things out, add things in, and change the days around-it's yours now! I hope this will spark your own homemade Christmas unit studies in years ahead. Merry Christmas! Why not celebrate with cookies?
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