Yes, I realize it’s a bit late in the season to be sharing our Christmas Circle Time plans, but my blog is my most reliable form of memory keeping, so this is more for my benefit than anyone else’s. 🙂
This year I tried to really streamline what we did. I tend to be an extreme over-planner, so I’m trying to rein in my expectations.
- This year instead of learning one Christmas carol, I decided to use Mary’s Christmas carol SQUILT lessons, and this was a delightful addition to our Circle Time
- We read Luke 2: 1-40 in the KJV each Circle Time. My goal here is that eventually my children will have it committed to memory just be hearing it so often.
- This year we memorized “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Christina Rossetti. What a beautiful poem!
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficedThe Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,The ox and ass and camel which adore.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
- We also opened our daily book(s) from our Christmas book basket, as well as read a couple of chapter books. All of this didn’t happen during our Circle Time, of course. I hope to share more about the books after Christmas.
That’s it. We averaged three Circle Times a week, I’d guess. Some things–like the book basket–we did daily, even on some weekend days. I think this is my favorite part of our Christmas traditions.