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    of God s son You should go ahead with your wedding ceremony for you will be the guardian of His child Joseph did what the angel commanded Soon after Joseph and Mary were married the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus decreed that everyone must immediately return to the city of their origin to register as taxpayers For Mary and Joseph this meant that they would have to travel all the way to Bethlehem a distance of over 70 miles They could not delay the trip until after the baby was born Mary rode on a donkey as Joseph guided them down dusty trails to the sandy river valley and trudged up steep winding paths over rocky hills On the way they saw mountain gazelles and desert foxes The couple traveled by day under the bright glare of the sun and camped out at night under a clear starry sky The temperature dropped rapidly after sunset Roaming jackals and wolves howled in the darkness After about a week of travel Mary and Joseph encountered more people along the route This meant that they were close to the city Soon they could see Jerusalem up ahead and they knew their destination was just beyond it The couple hurried through the noisy crowded city in order to reach Bethlehem before dark By the time Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem the sun was setting and the village inn was already filled to capacity They walked down the narrow streets looking for a place to stay but could not find any Finally they came to the edge of town where a split level structure was built on a hillside They climbed up the stairs to the main floor knowing that this was their last hope The kind gentleman who answered the door offered to let them spend the night in the lower part of his house which was used as a stable Excavated into the side of the hill it consisted of rough limestone walls on three sides posts and beams supporting the upstairs floor and a wooden overhang across the front Joseph cleaned up the cave like room and made some beds of fresh hay At least they had a roof over their heads There during the night Jesus was born Mary wrapped him snugly in strips of linen cloth according to custom Joseph filled an empty feeding trough with soft straw to use as a crib That night some shepherds were sitting around their campfire in a field outside the village Suddenly an angel appeared among them and said Fear not I bring tidings of great joy For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord Then the angel was joined by a multitude of heavenly voices singing Glory to God in the highest peace on earth good will toward men The shepherds ran through the village praising God and telling everyone what they had seen and heard The townspeople were amazed by

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    heads One looked forward the other back symbolizing a break between old and new Such customs and practices though modified over time still affect the ways we welcome each new year Modern symbols of the changing year are an old man winding up the last year and a newborn baby starting the next year The origins of our new year s celebration can be traced back 4 000 years to ancient Babylon The Babylonians held their new year s festival in the spring on the date of the vernal equinox to greet the new planting season Naturally that is the time of year when new life begins to emerge from the dead of winter Leaves turn green flower buds open hibernating animals venture out and baby animals are born Symbolically the new year signifies a renewal of life Hence the spirit of regeneration while discarding the old and worn out For example the Creek Indians in the southern U S signified the end of one year and the beginning of another by cleaning out their homes and putting on new clothes Basically the whole range of New Year s Day celebrations stem from the various ways ancient societies used to greet new harvest seasons It was the Romans who first moved New Year s Day backwards making January 1 the beginning of the year in 153 B C However mid March continued to be considered the beginning of the new year by most Christian European countries throughout the early medieval era Widespread acceptance of January 1 as the New Year came about only within the past four hundred years This is because the date was unusual since no astronomical agricultural or seasonal significance was attached to it It was just a civil date the day after elections when consuls would assume their new positions in the Roman empire While today the New Year is celebrated all over the world on January 1 there still are other calendars in use Asian countries that follow the Lunar Calendar celebrate the New Year in January February On the Hindu calendar Diwali begins the New Year in India around October November Rosh Hashanah commences the Jewish New Year in late September early October The New Year no matter when people have celebrated it has always been a time for looking back at the past and more importantly forward to the future It s a time to cherish our families and friends to forgive others and make amends and to consider the changes we want or need Did You Know Today in U S we are more used to giving gifts at Christmas rather than on New Year s Day However the tradition of giving gifts for the New Year is still practiced in many parts of Europe including France Switzerland Russia and Greece In fact the custom of giving gifts for the new year was prevalent in Europe before Christ was born New Year s Eve Celebrations for Families 1 Hold a family meeting

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    worth making Sure we re not perfect and we might fail in what we set out to do but if we fail to plan then we plan to fail As the Apostle Paul endeavored to preach the Gospel of Jesus he was constantly being hindered He was opposed persecuted shipwrecked beaten stoned deserted slandered scorned threatened and imprisoned Someone else under those circumstances would have given up Yet Paul was not willing to quit Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me Philippians 3 13 14 NIV Paul didn t look back he looked forward He didn t let past failures or delays in his work keep him from pursuing a most worthy goal Keep this in mind as you pursue your own goals in the new year Do you really want to keep your resolutions this year Here are a few goal setting tips 1 Don t Try to Do Everything at Once There s a temptation at the beginning of each year to brainstorm a list of everything we ve ever wanted to change But you will have better luck fulfilling one or two specific goals than you will with a list of fifty You can always add new resolutions later once you finish the others Concentrate on one thing at a time 2 Word it Carefully Let s say your resolution is to be more relaxed in the coming year Don t think of it as This year I am going to stay calm That s stress inducing because it makes you think of the resolution as something you have to do not something you want to do Instead say This year I m going to try different relaxation techniques It also suggests more of a plan rather than implying that you re going to force yourself to relax by sheer willpower 3 Make a Plan You can t accomplish much of anything without a plan Once you know what your resolutions are narrow them down into a plan of action which you can work on one step at a time This doesn t have to be a complicated plan but it should at least give you a starting point 4 Write it Down Write down your resolution Post it on the fridge in your locker on your bathroom mirror wherever you ll see it regularly That way you will be constantly reminded of your resolution A resolution doesn t have to be written in stone though it s okay to change the wording as time passes and you adjust your action plan or goals 5 Let God Help There is no better time than the present to learn to rely more heavily on God s help If during the past year you didn t practice trusting in the Lord as much as you should have make that your number one resolution Submit your resolutions as a prayer request

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    Christmas on the Farm by Alice Twachtman Dobstaff Christmas was always a time of great anticipation The whole family took part in baking cookies making fudge making chains out of colored paper to put on the Christmas tree making new clothes to put on the dolls There were no shopping sprees like going to the city to buy presents We had to make do with that we had as the farmer had no income during the long winter months The Christmas tree was set up in the parlor The parlor was a special room used only in cases of a wedding or a funeral or at Christmas time for the Christmas tree The room was closed off and was not heated so the tree lasted for a long time and once was left up until Easter There were no electric lights on the tree Some other families might have used candles but this was not allowed in our house as it might cause a fire The Sunday before Christmas was a very special day as everyone went to church for the Sunday School program After the program each child was given a large bag containing an assortment of nuts a box of hard candy and an orange As a child living on a farm isolated from all other events it meant something to look forward to As some of us who were in the Christmas program had to travel several miles to and from the church were invited to have dinner at the parsonage so that we didn t have to go home and return a few hours later to practice for the upcoming program It was a great thrill to sit at the large dining room table with the minister and his family I do not remember anything about the food that was served except that red Jello was the dessert and up until that time I had never eaten Jello On Christmas morning we all rushed to the parlor to see the tree and if Santa Claus had left any presents One present we could always count on was the flannelette nightgown mother had made as her gift to each of us Our most important needs were fulfilled by the fact that there was plenty of food available and a warm house and a family living in togetherness and love Alice Twachtman Dobstaff Discussion Question Engage your children in a discussion about gift giving What are some gifts they were happy to give and to get If they had a choice what would they rather have a room full of toys to play with alone or one toy and a friend to share it with Did You Know In 1897 Mr Pearle B Wait a cough medicine manufacturer in LeRoy NY invented a fruit flavored gelatin His wife May Davis Wait named it JELL O The four original JELL O gelatin flavors were strawberry orange lemon and raspberry In 1899 Wait sold the business to his neighbor Orator

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    Springfield where he became a successful lawyer and one of the town s leading citizens He married an ambitious young woman Mary Todd who boasted to her friends that she intended to help her husband become President of the United States Lincoln was elected to the U S Congress in 1847 He did not run for a second term He became involved in politics again in 1854 when Congress passed a law that made it possible for people to own slaves in the new western territory While slavery was legal in the southern states Lincoln felt that a territory that was free must be kept that way So in 1856 he joined the new Republican Party which had been formed to fight the spread of slavery The Republicans nominated Lincoln for the U S Congress in 1858 That summer he and Stephen A Douglas the nominee of the Democratic Party held many debates about slavery Lincoln lost the election but his speeches during the Lincoln Douglas debates gave him national recognition In 1860 the Republican Party nominated him for President and he won Since he was against slavery Lincoln s victory worried the South By the time Lincoln was inaugurated several Southern states had left the Union The Civil War began right after Lincoln took office in 1861 Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1 1863 which freed all of the slaves Later that year he gave his famous Gettysburg Address The end of the war came early in April 1865 soon after Lincoln had begun a second term as President Lincoln wanted to make it easy for the states that had seceded to take their places again in the Union but he did not live to carry out his plans While attending a play at Ford s Theatre in Washington D C on the evening of April 14 1865 he was shot by John Wilkes Booth a mad southern sympathizer A funeral train took Lincoln s body back to Illinois for burial and mourners lined the tracks all along the way to pay their final respects to the martyred President Did You Know Mount Rushmore the world s largest stone monument is a tribute to four Presidents George Washington Thomas Jefferson Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt who stood for the most honorable principles and highest ideals of America Besides being great Presidents what does each of these men have in common As children none of them had any regular formal schooling They were all self educated and learned at home Washington Word Find My favorite kind of word game I found 60 can you beat me Presidents Day Quiz Lincoln and Washington Trivia printable PDF Fun Facts Trivia Quiz Put a G next to all the statements that are true about George Washington and put an A next to all the statements that are true about Abraham Lincoln then check your answers below 1 At one time he seriously thought of becoming a blacksmith 2 He had long

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    comparison to other places Then in 1996 a group of creative Irish individuals set out to change the perception of St Patrick s Day in Ireland and start a whole new tradition This St Patrick s Day Festival has since grown to become the largest annual celebration of Irishness anywhere in the world St Patrick s Festival is a uniquely Irish carnival of music street theatre fireworks dance pageants and parades The Emerald Isle Ireland is an island that lies west of Great Britain between the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean Ireland is a land of wild seacoasts and misty rolling hills so green than it is sometimes called the Emerald Isle The Irish name for the island is Eire The Irish people are descended mainly from Celtic tribes that settled in Ireland more than 2 000 years ago Ancient Celtic folklore consists of ballads and legends The Irish people have always been known for their wit and imagination and Irish authors have written many famous poems songs and stories The ancient Celtic language Gaelic is the official language of Ireland but most people also speak English Millions of Americans have ancestors who once lived in Ireland My mother in law Rose Fitzgerald Olsen was raised in an Irish Catholic suburb of Boston Her mother lived in Donegal Ireland for a period of time Each year many tourists visit Ireland s friendly people ancient castles quaint countryside and whitewashed stone cottages with thatched roofs Farming fishing and food processing are Ireland s most important industries Cattle sheep and horses graze in green pastures Potatoes pigs and poultry thrive Barley oats and hay also grow well along with turnips and sugar beets Irish whiskey and woolen goods are exported to other parts of the world Irish melodies are often moody and haunting such as in songs by Enya Celtic harp music is very beautiful Another famous Irish instrument is the uilleann pipe similar to a Scottish bagpipe Irish step dancing based on the famous Irish jig has become popular all over the world thanks to shows such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance which involve a lot of fancy footwork and are fun to watch Two of my favorite movies about Ireland are The Secret of Roan Inish and The Quiet Man both of which were filmed on location in northern Ireland The Secret of Roan Inish is a magical tale based on an ancient Irish legend about a boy raised by seals Roan Inish is Gaelic for Island of the Seals The Quiet Man starring John Wayne is not just for John Wayne fans It s interesting how they portray the proper Irish way of courtship obtaining the family s permission first making an official announcement and having a chaperone along at all times In both of the above movies whenever a guest enters someone s home they say May God bless all in this house I wonder if that s an Irish custom If so it s

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    story go to the library and check out the book audio dramatization or movie Children and newcomers to Shakespeare may prefer to read paraphrased versions of his plays such as Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb The complete works of William Shakespeare can be found online at http www tech mit edu Shakespeare HAMLET This play is a ghost story In Act I Scene 4 a ghost that looks like Prince Hamlet s recently deceased father appears to Hamlet one night The ghost informs Hamlet that he was murdered by his brother Claudius who has since married Hamlet s mother and now occupies the throne The ghost exhorts Hamlet to take revenge on Claudius and disappears as morning dawns Hamlet however is not really sure if it is his father s spirit or a demon who aims to deceive him Angels and ministers of grace defend us Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn d bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell be thy intents wicked or charitable thou comest in such a questionable shape that I will speak to thee I ll call thee Hamlet King father royal Dane O answer me The ghost replies I am thy father s spirit doom d for a certain term to walk the night and for the day confined to fast in fires till the foul crimes done in my days of nature are burnt and purged away But that I am forbid to tell the secrets of my prison house I could a tale unfold whose lightest word would harrow up thy soul and freeze thy young blood MACBETH Shakespeare s shortest tragedy contains all the essential elements of a great Halloween story bad omens dark castles ugly witches and ghostly apparitions Macbeth conjures up some of the most vivid and scary images in all of Shakespeare Here are just a few examples The night has been unruly where we lay our chimneys were blown down and as they say lamentings heard in the air strange screams of death and the obscure bird clamour d the livelong night some say the earth was feverous and did shake Lennox to Macbeth By the pricking of my thumbs something wicked this way comes The Second Witch says this just before Macbeth walks in Act II Scene 3 of Macbeth spawned the knock knock joke Someone keeps knocking on the door of a drunken porter Fearing that it might be the devil several times he says Knock knock who s there but no one answers In Act III Scene 4 Macbeth is haunted by the blood bolter d ghost of his former friend Banquo sitting in his chair during a feast Witches Brew from Macbeth Act IV Scene 1 of Shakespeare s Macbeth portrays the classic stereotype of old hags crouched over a cauldron muttering incantations While Macbeth takes place in the 11th century Shakespeare gathered together all the popular beliefs about witches brew from late 16th

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    Camping Toddlers who are too young to go away to camp will appreciate this stay at home camping adventure Potter Beatrix The Tale of Peter Rabbit This adorable animal story with its wonderful watercolor illustrations and others by the same author are loved by children everywhere Rosen Michael We re Going On A Bear Hunt A picture book based on the old camp chant follows a family as they travel through grass a river mud forest and snowstorm before reaching a bear cave Sendak Maurice Where the Wild Things Are A lyrical tale of a boy with a wild imagination Grades 1 3 Age 6 8 Hesse Karen Come On Rain Lovely watercolor illustrations and poetic prose bring to life the joy of anticipating a summer rainstorm in the city Lasky Kathryn My Island Gramma A little girl her parents and grandmother spend every summer on an island off the coast of Maine McCloskey Robert Blueberries for Sal A charming story focusing on the simple pleasures of picking wild berries in the great outdoors McCloskey Robert Time of Wonder Experience an unforgettable Maine summer in this Caldecott classic Milne A A Winnie the Pooh Visit the Hundred Acre Wood in these amusing stories Stevenson Robert Louis A Child s Garden of Verses These poems perfectly capture the child s world of sunshine stars dreams toy boats gardens swings apple tarts fairies flowers and far away places Grades 4 6 Age 9 11 Byars Betsy Summer of the Swans Sara is dissatisfied with her family her looks and life in general But when her little brother disappears she learns what is truly important Enright Elizabeth Gone Away Lake and Return to Gone Away Lake Julian and his cousin explore the area around their summer home and make some surprising discoveries Enright Elizabeth Thimble Summer Play work adventure and dream during a long hot summer on a farm in the 1930 s Grahame Kenneth The Wind in the Willows A perfect read aloud the adventures of these small animals on the river and in the woods are told with beauty and humor Pearce Philippa Tom s Midnight Garden An enjoyable fantasy about a boy who makes a magical discovery that turns his boring summer into an amazing adventure Peck Richard A Long Way From Chicago Two city kids spend their annual summer vacation at grandma s house in this Newbery Honor book that spans the years 1929 1942 Scieszka Jon Summer Reading Is Killing Me A summer reading list accidentally gets stuck in the pages of a magical time warping book Bad characters start fighting good characters and three boys must save the heroes of children s literature Kids will enjoy the funny situations that occur when familiar characters from different books interact with each other in this riotous Time Warp Trio book Streatfeild Noel The Magic Summer Four children are anticipating an exciting summer holiday but plans change when their father becomes critically ill Grades 7 9 Age 12 14 Babbitt

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