Friday, December 01, 2006
First day of Advent!
Originally uploaded by fylliska.
We’re starting to build anticipation for Jesus’ birthday today. We got out our Christmas decorations and put some of them up. Jaan helped, while Raia stood in her crib and commented: “Ooo! Ah! Look! Look! Look!” (She just started saying “look” in Russian. It’s supposed to be смотри, but it comes out три.) Tonight we’ll do the first part of a preschool level advent list that I found. If you want to see what we’re doing, there’s a similar list at this site. Just skip down to where it says “a quarter,” and that’s the start. The picture is of the bags we made and tonight’s card and treasure. I love this age! They helped me make the bags, but they’ll still be so excited and surprised to learn that the bags are their own. Each night we’ll hide the bags for them to find with a little treat and a Bible reference to read. It will take us all over the New Testament and let them hear about Jesus every night. Jaan’s really enjoying singing now, so he’ll be learning some Christmas carols, too.
Nothing makes Christmas better than seeing it through the eyes of a child! We’re getting to a level where they actually understand some of what’s going on. I can’t wait to celebrate Jesus’ birth with Jaan and Raia this year and see how they take it to heart.