Week 2 of advent is when we focus on the preparation of Jesus’ birth. The candle is either called the Candle of Preparation or the Candle of Bethlehem. We kind of mashed the two together and did a little of both.
This candle actually came at a great time for us! I talked to the boys about the BIG WORD, “preparation” and how it just means to “get ready.” We talked about getting ready for school and going swimming and various other activities. Then we talked about getting ready for baby Elijah (who could come at any time!) We talked about Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and how their preparation for Jesus was probably very different than our preparation for Elijah.
Then the first grade teacher in me came out in full effect.
I busted out a venn diagram!!! Oh yeah!
We compared and contrasted our preparation story to Mary and Joseph’s preparation story with pre-printed pictures that I found on the computer. Here are the boys coloring and our final project.
They got the idea that Mary and Joseph jouneyed a long time to Bethlehem, so I told them that Bethlehem means “House of Bread.” So, we made bread bowls. It was so easy! Who knew?
Whoa-oa-oa, let it rise! (I always sing that when I bake with yeast!)
We filled them with Pam’s Chili Con Corny and some salad on the side. Yum!
After dinner, Geric read us the story from the Bible.
Next we re-inacted the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This ended up being more fun and way funnier that I thought. The boys totally got into it! Jacob was Ceasar and he commanded Mary and Joseph to go back to their home to be counted.
Geric and I played Joseph and Mary. Here we are on the beginning of our journey. I’m sitting on a donkey. 🙂
Caden played the inn keeper who told us there was no room at the inn, but we could stay in the stable with his stinky animals.
Then baby Jesus was born! (Next year this role will be played by Elijah, but this year Jacob was the understudy!)
Joseph swaddled his baby and then we took a family photo (including the inn keeper.)
After bathtime, we had cinnamon rolls for dessert (more bread) and watched the beginning of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (even though it has nothing to do with advent, but we like it, and there’s that one part about Christmas.)
On the docket for next week: the Candle of JOY! Yay!