Wow, I can’t believe that the second week of Advent is already upon us. I hope that you had a blessed first week. We are striving to keep Christ at the center of our season. As a way of doing that we have studied a different sign of Christmas each day and thought of ways to apply it to our life and hope in Christ our Lord. In case you missed last week it isn’t to late to check it out!
This week we are studying Peace, Doves, Greeting Cards, Caroling, Christmas lights, Snowflakes and Poinsettias. Make sure to click over to The Hoggatt Homeschool to get all the corresponding devotionals and crafts.
The feature craft for this week is the Poinsettia…
“They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:11a
Over 100 years ago, Dr. Joel Poinsett, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, brought a wild plant called “Flame” back home. This poinsettia became so popular, that it has earned the title “Christmas rose.” The real Christmas Rose is Jesus.In fact, the old Christmas carol “Lo, How A Rose Is Blooming” reminds us of that.
Did you know… The leaves of a poinsettia turn their bright red color as they die? Jesus is like that also. As Jesus surrendered His life on the cross as an atonement for our sins, His blood flowed. At Christmas we celebrate His birth. But, we must also remember that He came to die and rise from the dead so that we may have everlasting life with Him. This is the word of our testimony! The red poinsettia can add meaning to the celebration of Christmas and brighten our lives with the hope we find in Him. Through God’s love we are empowered to brighten the world.
How to make this week’s craft…
- Toilet Paper Roll
- Red Tempera Paint
- Craft Glue or Hot Glue
- Assorted Jewels
- Cord for hanging
First paint toilet paper roll red, inside and out, with tempera paint. Allow to dry completely.
Next, cut painted roll into at least five sections. (about and inch wide) Place sections together forming a flower shape. Glue points together with either craft glue or hot glue.
Once the glue dries, glue a jewel to the center of the flower and attach cord to hang.