Monthly Archives: December 2013

REFELECTIONS

January is named for the Roman god, Janus, a two-faced god who looks back into the past, and forward into the future. As one year ends, and another begins, ask your kids to reflect on what happened this year, what they think might happen in the coming year, and which of these they think might […]

HISTORY CARTOON # 2

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HAPPY KWANZAA

The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase, matunda ya kwanza, which means “first fruits”. Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday that has been celebrated by African Americans since it was first instituted by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University in 1966. Based on harvest celebrations of African peoples […]

MERRY CHRISTMAS

THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.   Matthew 2: 1-2 […]

TRIVIA TRAIL # 7: CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

Question: Why were Christmas crackers originally called cosaques? Answer: Russian horse soldiers called Cossacks made a lot of noise when they galloped along firing guns into the air, and this early name for crackers is thought to have derived from them. The very first Christmas crackers contained riddles, sweets, and small toys, and were made […]

CHRISTINGLES

Christingle means ‘Christ’s Light’ and this is the time of year many churches hold Christingle Services. Christingle services began with a Moravian congregation in Marienborn, Germany in 1747, when children at a special children’s service were told how Jesus, the Light of the World, had come to Earth to kindle an everlasting flame in their […]

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