The third Sunday of Advent already! Wow, this season is just flying by!! We began our morning reflecting again on how Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for Christmas and the birth of Jesus. We read the book, Who is Coming to Our House? It is a story of animals in a barn wondering who is coming to visit while they clean up the barn, preparing for their “mystery guest”. We also read a short story, An Angel Visits Joseph and wondered: what does an angel look like? How did Joseph feel when he heard the angel’s message about Mary having a special baby? What if an angel spoke to us in a dream? Did Joseph hold baby Jesus? We also watched a short video depicting Joseph’s special dream.
As we have done each week of Advent, a variety of books about waiting and preparing for Jesus’ birth were available for children to read and browse at leisure, and there was also a Nativity set for the kids to explore. We made a bed for Joseph under a table, and some of the children took turns dressing up and acting out the story of the Angel visiting Joseph in a dream. Many of the children created their own Nativity scenes with Nativity cookie cutters and play dough. They decorated them with ribbons, sequins and gems. In preparation for our Epiphany celebration on January 1st, we strung beads to create garlands to be hung in North Hall. It was a busy morning!