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Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
a Distinctively Christian Perspective of Home Education
Cindy Short and Sue Welch,
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Table of Contents
Preparing for Christmas
• Simplify: Less Is More
• Proclaim the Good News of the Birth of Our Savior
• Teach the Character Quality of Generosity
• God's Gift List
• How To Show Love and Generosity
A Life of Faith: Books, Dolls, and Accessories
Microscope Store: Teaching Compound Microscope
Draw Write Now
Audio Memory: Teaching Songs
Jean Welles' Guitar Video Courses
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote
We trust that your family will have a meaningful
celebrating Christ's birth.
Regardless of objectionable practices of past
Christmas observances, Christian families can focus on the true
reason for the celebration -- God's love in sending us a Savior!
This is an opportunity to teach spiritual truths to our children
and to share the same Good News to our world today that the
angels proclaimed 2,000 years ago.
Christmas and Our Culture
A poll released by Newsweek reveals some surprising
statistics on how Americans view Jesus and his birth.
• 93% of all Americans believe Jesus really lived.
• 82% see Jesus as God or the Son of God.
• 79% say they believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy
and was born of the Virgin Mary.
• 67% of Americans think the entire Christmas story is
historically accurate, including the virgin
proclamation to the shepherds, the star of
Bethlehem, and the
wise men from the East.
As ambassadors for Christ, we can build on
of knowledge and belief by explaining to people why Christ was
born and how they can accept His free gift of salvation through
faith in Him.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ,
as though God
were making an appeal through us;
we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled
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Simplify: Less Is More
The world's focus on commercialism at this
season is usually
rejected in theory, yet Larry Burkett warns that "Many families
literally indenture themselves to creditors for a whole year just
to buy some useless junk at Christmas."
• Read and discuss with your spouse:
• Make more time during this Christmas week to devote to
Lord and His Word together as a family.
• Maintain a normal schedule, as much as possible to reduces
stress and make your special times more relaxing
• Schedule several smaller family celebrations, rather than
large one that builds pressure to "make or
break" the "success"
of your holiday.
• Consider giving gifts one or a few at a time over several
days -- on the model of the traditional 12
days of Christmas
beginning with December 26 and ending on January
• If you choose the method above, you will be able to take
advantage of huge savings during the after-Christmas
Teaching Compound Microscope:
An Indispensable Instrument
for Biology and Other Science
Model OMTM-85, a full-sized microscope
with dual eyepiece tubes, enables you to view
specimens with your students. Six levels of
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cordless, at http://www.microscope-store.com.
Proclaim the Good News
of the Birth of Our Savior
Christmastime is an excellent opportunity to
witness for Christ in your greetings to extended family,
neighbors, and co-workers. Your presentation of the good news
of God's gift may take many forms:
the Gospel in Your Cards and Letters
• Add a sentence to your card such as "May you know the
love, joy, and peace that comes from trusting
Savior, whose coming we celebrate at Christmas."
• Write out a verse such as John 3:16.
• Include Christmas tracts with all your Christmas cards.
God's Simple Plan of Salvation (in 21 languages):
Evangelistic Christmas quiz, e-card, gifts:
• Look for attractive cards with biblical Christmas tidings
a Bible verse.
• If you mail or e-mail an annual family letter or newsletter,
include a personal testimony of the Lord's
working in your
life, your gratefulness for His salvation,
and a Bible
• Send a Bible, Christmas music and video to a serviceman
Everyone loves to hear the familiar Christmas
• Go caroling in your neighborhood, in a hospital or nursing
home, or to shut-ins.
• Go as a family or with another family or group.
• Include your testimony in just a couple of sentences between
songs, briefly speak of the gospel message
in the songs,
and/or pass out Christmas tracts.
Christmas Goodies Plus
Prepare a plate of goodies for your neighbors,
• Include a Christmas tract, a Scripture portion, or an
tape of a book of the Bible.
• Order free Gospels of John in various translations and
(even a bilingual Chinese/English edition).
Draw Write Now
-- Add Drawing
to Your Curriculum
Add drawing lessons to your curriculum --
draw and color with your children, then write
or have your children practice handwriting.
For sample lessons and free newsletter, visit the Draw Write Now
authors' site, http://www.drawyourworld.com.
Teach the Character Quality of Generosity
Generosity is part of a group of character
included in the broader category of love.
"We love, because he first loved us"
(1 John 4:19).
Explain to your children that we give gifts
at Christmas to
show our love for others, just as "God so loved the world and
gave his only begotten Son."
at Why We Should Be Generous
• Because God has been generous to us (Eph. 3:19-20).
• Because God tells us to (Luke 6:30, 38; Romans 12:8,
Eph. 4:28; Isa. 58:10-11; II Cor. 9:7).
• Because we are stewards of what He has given to us.
Study the characteristics of love and generosity
God says about them:
Wanting and doing the best for another, expecting
return. Also: compassion, affection, concern, caring, empathy,
See I Cor. 13; I John 3:17-18; Romans 12:9-10;
15:12-13; Phil. 2:1-4.
Gladly and unselfishly giving self, time,
and possessions. Also: sharing.
See II Cor. 9:7; I Tim. 6:18; II Cor. 8:1-5;
I Tim. 6:18.
Out What God Says about Giving
Read and study Bible passages that encourage
generosity. Start with the following.
__ Deut. 16:17
__ 1 Chron. 29:11-17
__ Prov. 11:24-25; 22:9
__ Matt. 25:35-40
__ Luke 6:38
__ Acts 20:35
__ Rom. 12:13
__ 2 Cor. 8:2-21; 9:5-15
__ Gal. 6:6
__ Heb. 6:10; 13:16
__ 1 Tim. 6:17-19
__ I John 3:17
What We Should Give
• We must thoughtfully consider the needs of others in order
meet those needs in a practical manner.
• We can be generous regardless of our financial situation
our ability to purchase gifts -- we have much
that we can
give: time, attention, conversation, work,
• When you give to those in need, do it in the name of the
so that He gets the glory and others are pointed
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God's Gift List
Talk to your family about those to whom God
told us to give.
And remember everyone's greatest need is salvation. The greatest
love we can share is the good news of the Gospel!
Sometimes we fail to show our love and generosity
ones we love the most. Being aware of that possibility can help
us to be more considerate of them and watch for opportunities
to be lovingly generous.
and Sisters in Christ
"A new commandment I give to you, that you
love one another,
even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By
this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have
love for one another" (John 13:34, 35).
/ Our "Neighbors"
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself"
Needy and Unlovely
God loved us when we were unlovely to Him (Rom.
He asks us to love and give to prisoners; widows and orphans;
the poor, handicapped, hungry, thirsty, or sick; strangers, those
in need of clothing, and those that cannot return our gifts. (See
James 1:27; Luke 14:12-14; Matthew 25:34-46.)
"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison
with them, and
those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the
body" (Hebrews 13:3).
"If you love those who love you, what credit
is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them" (Luke 6:32).
• Look for someone that you would not naturally show love
and do so for the Lord's sake.
• Find a practical way to meet their need.
Who Have Done Us Wrong
"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies,
good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you" (Luke 6:27, 28).
Only by the love of God flowing through us
can we be
generous to those who have wronged or hurt us. But that is the
Lord's way (Eph. 4:32).
• A simple card or small gift can make all the difference
strained relationship by showing forgiveness
Workers and Missionaries
"The elders who rule well are to be considered
double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and
teaching" (1 Timothy 5:17).
• Find out the needs of your pastor and the missionaries
support (maybe something above their regular
seek ways to meet them all year long.
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How To Show Love and Generosity
Discuss ways to meet the different needs of
people. At this
time of the year the message of Christ can be presented in a
practical way as you show God's love through your love.
"Little children, let us not love with word
tongue, but in deed and truth" (1 John 3:18).
There are several ways that you may become
aware of the
needs of others and give to them. Here are some suggestions for
showing generosity at Christmas and all year long.
Some people need the material necessities of
"If a brother or sister is without clothing
need of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in
peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not
give them what is necessary for their body, what use is
that?" (James 2:16).
• Prepare a basket of food for a needy family.
• Give clothing.
• Help pay for housing, utilities, or transportation.
• If you do not know someone that lacks these necessities,
may give through your local church, an example
given to us
in Scripture. (See Acts 6:1-7.)
• You may give through an organization that ministers to
with whom you would not come into direct contact,
a rescue mission, crisis pregnancy center,
or foreign mission.
Greeting Cards or Letters
A Christian card is a way to show thoughtfulness
especially to those who are distant to us or not in our present
circle of intimate friends (remember to consider "God's gift
• Find instructions to make cards using a variety of materials
and techniques at:
• Write a poem about Christ's coming and it's meaning to
See poetry writing instruction and tips at
• Use your best penmanship to copy the words of a Christmas
carol in your handmade Christmas cards and
• An "old-fashioned" hand-written letter can be (and usually
is) kept and cherished for life.
• A printed or e-mailed family letter or newsletter sent
annually is a good way to catch everyone up
on your news.
• Add a personal note or inquiry about the recipient with
card or letter to personalize it.
Out and Call Someone
It is always very warm and personal to hear
a voice. Your
call can give others a special lift at this time.
Phone calls are very inexpensive now.
You can call a friend
across the country and have a 20-minute visit for under $1. In
fact a call often costs less than buying and mailing a card.
• Buy a calling card (as low as 3 cents per minute) and
just for these special calls.
• You can make a call instead of sending a card or letter,
in addition to your written communication.
• Schedule a block of time to make several calls each day
those who would appreciate hearing from you.
• Be sure to include those who may have been neglected in
• As with all of these suggestions, do this throughout the
Time spent together focusing on someone, his
needs, and his
interests is a genuine act of love.
• Look for those who need friendship and companionship,
spend some time with them.
• Invite a neighbor in for a cup of tea.
• Visit a shut-in and take time to listen to him talk.
• When visiting a nursing home or shut-in, take a small
See suggestions for appropriate gifts at
• When visiting a nursing home or shut-in, take time to
few carols or hymns and read a Scripture passage.
• Look for opportunities to have fellowship with another
Christian family. Share a meal, an outing,
a study, a
ministry, a sing, a workday, etc.
• Invite an unsaved family to your home between Christmas
New Year's. Pray that you will be be
able to make a clear
presentation of the gospel to them and that
they will respond
in saving faith.
• Find a family or person who is in need or lonely and invite
them to share a meal, an evening, or a day
Acts of Service
Serving the needs of another is often the best
• Check to see if you can help a shut-in or your pastor
running an errand or doing something he doesn't
time or ability to do.
• Help serve a meal at a rescue mission.
It really is the thought that counts -- your
not need to be large or expensive to be valued as a
tangible expression of your affection.
• Small purchased or handmade gifts that show your
thoughtfulness could include flowers, a pen
a hair clip or piece of jewelry, a pot holder,
a wallet, an item to add to a favorite collection,
photo, bookmark, handkerchief, favorite food,
• Carefully selected books, books on tape, music, or videos
can be accompanied by a note about how much
enjoyed the same item and your hope that it
meaningful to the recipient as well.
• Gift baskets can be personalized with a variety of items
related to a theme and given to a whole family
• Copy and decorate a poem (Christmas carol or your own
original poem) along with a related Scripture
passage in a
frame or on a bookmark.
• Festively wrap homemade foods and/or nuts and fruits.
Whatever you do for others, both during the
throughout the year, do it with all your heart for the Lord.
will receive more than you give.
"It is more blessed to give than to receive"
"God loves a cheerful giver" (II Corinthians
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