"A man's heart plans his way but the Lord directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Learning about the Chistmas Tree

Today I am linking up with Sugarplum Creations...a fabulous countdown to Christmas is going on over there!!
Today, the kids are learning about the Christmas tree. In short, I read a story to them about a man named Winfrid whom later became known as

Saint Boniface.

He believed that the three points of a triangular tree represented the Holy Trinity...Father, Son and

Holy Spirit.

Legend has it that one day he came upon a group of men offering a sacrifice to an oak tree as an act of worship. So angered was he by this idolatry that Winfrid swung his ax and felled the oak tree with one mighty blow. According to the tale, a fir tree eventually grew from the stump of the oak.

Struck by this occurrence, the missionary proclaimed that the tiny new tree represented Jesus' victory over death on the cross and the eternal life made available to us by the King of kings!

They also learned that the tree stands tall, pointing all towards the Father and all its branches are stretched out...just as we are to stand tall and point people towards the Father and keep our arms out wide in invitation!
If you don't already have the book The Adventure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel...YOU NEED IT!!
After I read today's lesson, we strung popcorn and berries and made an Animal Christmas Tree!!

The kids chose a tree with a nest in it hoping that the birds would easily find it!! Not they are keeping watch to see what comes in for a treat!


Shannon said...

An interesting point to add to this is that in the spring you can look for the crossed in the pine trees. As the new growth begins in the spring the ends of the branches form crosses and it all happens right around Easter! Very interesting....

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

I am so glad you linked up! I love the story of the Christmas tree, and will definitely have to share it with my little ones!!

Connie said...

That book sounds great! I'm going to find a copy!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

What a fun thing to hang the garland outside for the animals! We may have to add this to our list:)

jennykate77 said...

Love the idea of the Animal Christmas Tree!! Thanks for sharing! Also sounds like a great book for the Christmas season.

You have a beautiful family.

Hope you guys have a great weekend!♥