Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Advent 2011: Your Christmas Story

Christmas is a great time of the year to share stories of family and friends, traditions – both new and old.  It is a time for bringing out the favorite books of seasons past and remembering.

Christmas Adventus 2011: Place a copy of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” or Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” … or both..  in Advent bag #20 or directions to find it under the tree.  Have paper, pens and other necessary book-making materials ready.
Read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" as a family.  After it is finished, ask, "Who was telling the story? What was this person's story about?" This evening, each person will make their own book... write their own Christmas story.  It can be fact or fiction; that is up to you, the author.  You may use paper, pen, markers and anything else you need to write your story and illustrate it.  When you have finished, use an old binder, some staples or tacks with a hole punch to bind the books.  You may want to cover your finished book in material or another paper to make a cover.  This your individual publication; make it unique.
When everyone has finished their story, share them with each other.

Here is a little YouTube "Twas the Night Before Christmas" told by Perry Como to inspire you:

For story-starters, Christmas mini-book ideas and printable books for young ones to color, as well as another fun version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" , go to Christmas Adventus 2011

For our other Advent activities, see "Christmas Adventus 2011: Celebrating Allergy-Free".

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