Remember Him

When you are feeling alone,
Remember Him.

When you go hungry,
Remember Him.

When you are staring in the face of temptation,
Remember Him.

When your loved one has died,
Remember Him.

When you are falsely accused,
Remember Him.

When you are betrayed,
Remember Him.

When you are the victim of abuse,
Remember Him.

Remember Him for he has been there.
He was alone for forty days and nights.
He had gone without food and water.
Satan came before him in His weak moments and tempted Him many times.
He had been falsely accused of blasphemy.
His friends/loved ones betrayed Him and abandoned Him in my darkest hours.
He was abused and scorned, left to bleed to death.

Remember Him for with all this He still loved you so much He sacrificed his life for your forgiveness of sins.
Remember Him for He will always love you.

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Advent Gift

Day 1- a quarter- A quarter! This equals 25 cents. But 25 also stands for the number of days until Christmas, when God gave us His best present. Jesus told about one woman’s gift and the way she gave it. Read Mark 12:41-44

Day 2- a piece of grape gum- Grape gum!. Grapes make jelly and juice, raisins and wine. But Jesus didn’t need grapes to preform His first miracle. Read John 2:1-10.

Day 3- a smiley face sticker-Here’s a smile! A smile usually expresses happiness. Jesus gave us many instructions to keep us happy. Read Mattahew 5:1-12.

Day 4- a few fish crackers-Fish! Well, if you were surprised to find these fish, wait until you read the story today! Others were surprised to find fish, too. Read Luke 5:4-7.

Day 5- one birthday candle- A birthday candle? As you know , we are getting ready to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. However, Jesus talked about something else related to this candle Light. Read Mattahew 5:14-16.

Day 6- a small jingle bell- You could make noise with this. But it would have bothered a certain man—until he met Jesus. Read Mark 7:31-37.

Day 7- two candy fish – These would not go very far if you were really hungry! But Jesus could make much out of little. Surely He knew how to multiply! Read Mattahew 14: 13-21.

Day 8- two cotton balls- These cotton balls would be helpful in a thunder storm, wouldn’t they? We could use them
for ear plugs to muffle the loud noise that thunder makes. But we know Someone who doesn’t need cotton. Jesus can control the weather. Read Mattahew 8:23-27.

Day 9- a piece of road map- People needing to use other parts of this map are in trouble! Don’t you get lost today! Read John 14:1-6.

Day 10- a small piece of soap- It’s soap. Do you like to wash? Your hands and face? Behind your ears? Washing turn out to be a happy time for a man who met Jesus. Read John 9: 1-7.

Day 11- a few candy hearts- Hearts. Wordlessly, they speak of love, don’t they? Jesus spoke some commands about love. Read Mattahew 22: 37-40.

Day 12- a pin on button with a cross printed on it- we use crosses as a symbol, representing Jesus. Do you know why? Read Philippians 2: 1-11.

Day 13- a small packet of salt- Ordinary salt. Yes, Jesus related salt to us and our behavior. He also gave us some advice. Read Mattahew 5:13 and Colossians 4:6 (Notice that He doesn’t recommend pepper!).

Day 14 – a small bag of sand- Don’t try to eat this ! It’s sand. It reminds us that Jesus knows something about architecture, about buildings—-and building lives. See His inscructions; Mattahew 7:24-29.

Day 15- a small artifical flower- Flowers are pretty, aren’t they? Jesus used flowers to teach us a reassuring lesson. read Mattahew 6: 28-34.

Day 16- a little box of raisins- Raisins! Many children are given raisins instead of candy for a snack. That’s because they are a health-promoting and delicious fruit. Jesus told us how we can produce good fruit. Read John 15: 1-5.

Day 17- a few flower seeds- Jesus told a story about seeds that a man planted. Then He explained it, revealing its deep meaning. Read Mattahew 13:3-8 and Mattahew 13: 18-23.

Day 18- a sheet of musice taken from a pamphlet type Christmas carol book- Christmas is just a week away! And here is an appropriate song. Sing it loudly! Read Psalm 100.

Day 19- a little stone- A hard stone! Can you change this stone into a piece of bread? Do you think Jesus could? Jesus was asked to do just that. Do you know how He handled it? Read Mattahew 4:1-4.

Day 20- a piece of crumpled aluminum foil- Try to smooth out this piece of foil and use it as a mirror. It’s hard to see your reflection plainly, isn’t it? Many circumstances are hard to understand, but someday everything will be clear. Read 1 Corinthians 13:12.

Day 21- one mustard seed placed between two pieces of clear contact paper- The mustard seed is the smallest there is! When it sprouts, it grows into one of the largest plants! See what Jesus said. Read Mattahew 17:20.

Day 22- a tiny plastic dove- We’ve learned the cross represents Christ, but do you know what the dove stands for? Read Mattahew 3:13-17.

Day 23- a swatch of wool cloth- The thread that compose this fabric came from the wool of a sheep. Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd. Do you know who his sheep are?
read John 10:7-18.

Day 24- one blue marble- A marble! Do you know what is sometimes called the “Big Blue Marble”? The world. God made the world for us. What does God continue doing to the world? And who is the world? Read John 3:16.

Day 25- a small photograph of a baby- Isn’t this baby cute? When he was born, he made a whole family happy. Jesus was born a baby, too. He came to make the whole world happy. read Luke 2:1-20. Enjoy your celebration today. Continue to learn about Jesus—and love Him forever!

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Teach the Children

Late one Christmas Eve, I sank back,

tired, but content, into my easy chair.

The kids were in bed, the gifts were wrapped,

the milk and cookies waited by the fireplace

for Santa. As I sat back admiring the tree

with its decorations, I couldn’t help feeling

that something important was missing.

It wasn’t long before the tiny twinkling

tree lights lulled me to sleep. I don’t know

how long I slept, but all of a sudden I knew

that I wasn’t alone. I opened my eyes, and you

can imagine my surprise when I saw Santa Claus,

himself, standing next to my Christmas tree.

He was dressed all in fur from his head to his

foot just as the poem described him, but he was

not the “jolly old elf” of Christmas legend.

The man who stood before me looked sad and

disappointed. And there were tears in his eyes.

“Santa, what’s wrong?” I asked,

“Why are you crying?”

“It’s the children,” Santa replied sadly.

“But Santa, the children love you,” I said.

“Oh, I know they love me, and they love the gifts

I bring them,” Santa said, “but the children of

today seem to have somehow missed out on the

true spirit of Christmas.

It’s not their fault. It’s just that the adults,

many of them not having been taught themselves,

have forgotten to teach the children.”

“Teach them what?” I asked. Santa’s kind old face

became soft, more gentle. His eyes began to shine

with something more than tears. He spoke softly.

“Teach the children the true meaning of Christmas.

Teach them that the part of Christmas we can see,

hear, and touch is much more than meets the eye.

Teach them the symbolism behind the customs and

traditions of Christmas which we now observe.

Teach them what it is they truly represent.”

Santa reached into his bag and pulled out a

tiny Christmas tree and set it on my mantle.

“Teach them about the Christmas tree.

Green is the second color of Christmas.

The stately evergreen, with its unchanging color,

represents the hope of eternal life in Jesus.

Its needles point heavenward as a reminder that

mankind’s thoughts should turn heavenward as well.”

Santa reached into his bag again and pulled out a

shiny star and placed it at the top of the small tree.

“The star was the heavenly sign of promise.

God promised a Savior for the world and the star

was the sign of the fulfillment of that promise

on the night that Jesus Christ was born.

Teach the children that God always fulfills

His promises, and that wise men still seek Him.”

“Red,” said Santa, “is the first color of Christmas.”

“He pulled forth a red ornament for the tiny tree.

Red is deep, intense, vivid. It is the color of the

life-giving blood that flows through our veins.

It is the symbol of God’s greatest gift.

Teach the children that Christ gave his life

and shed his blood for them that they might have

eternal life. When they see the color red, it

should remind them of that most wonderful gift.”

Santa found a silver bell in his pack and placed

it on the tree. “Just as lost sheep are guided

to safety by the sound of the bell, it continues

to ring today for all to be guided to the fold.

Teach the children to follow the true Shepherd,

who gave His life for the sheep.”

Santa placed a candle on the mantle and lit it.

The soft glow from its one tiny flame brightened

the room. “The glow of the candle represents how

people can show their thanks for the gift of God’s

son that Christmas Eve long ago.

Teach the children to follow in Christ’s footsteps…

to go about doing good.

Teach them to let their light shine before people

that all may see it and glorify God.

This is what’s symbolized when the twinkle lights

shine on the tree like hundreds of bright shining

lights, each of them representing one of God’s

precious children’s light shining for all to see.”

Again Santa reached into his bag and this time he

brought forth a tiny red and white striped cane.

As he hung it on the tree he spoke softly.

“The candy cane is a stick of hard white candy.

White to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless

nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the

Solid Rock, the foundation of the church,

and the firmness of God’s promises.

The candy cane form’s a “J” to represent the

precious name of Jesus, who came to earth.

It also represents the Good Shepherd’s crook,

which He uses to reach down into all ditches of

the world to lift out the fallen lambs who,

like all sheep, have gone astray.

The original candy cane had three small red

stripes, which are the stripes of the scourging

Jesus received by which we are healed, and a large

red stripe that represents the shed blood of Jesus,

so that we can have the promise of eternal life.

Teach these things to the children.”

Santa brought out a beautiful wreath made of

fresh, fragrant greenery tied with a bright

red bow. “The bow reminds us of the bond of

perfection, which is love. The wreath embodies

all the good things about Christmas for those

with eyes to see and hearts to understand.

It contains the colors of red and green and

the heaven-turned needles of the evergreen.

The bow tells the story of good will towards all

and its color reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice.

Even its very shape is symbolic, representing

eternity and the eternal nature of Christ’s love.

It is a circle, without beginning and without end.

These are the things you must teach the children.”

I asked, “But where does that leave you Santa?”

The tears gone now from his eyes, a smile broke

over Santa’s face. “Why bless you, my dear,”

he laughed, “I’m only a symbol myself.

I represent the spirit of family fun and

the joy of giving and receiving. If the

children are taught these other things, there

is no danger that I’ll ever be forgotten.”

“I think I’m beginning to understand.”

“That’s why I came,” said Santa. “You’re an adult.

If you don’t teach the children these things,

then who will?”

~ Author Unknown ~

Christmas Morning Game With Children

Each Christmas Morning the parents hide the baby Jesus character piece from the nativity scene. When the children awake, they are given a cup of hot chocolate, a cinnamon roll and the story of the birth of Jesus is read to them. At the conclusion of the story, the children are told that the first child who finds the baby Jesus can open the first gift under the Chistmas tree.

This game reinforces the true meaning of Christmas.

Idea found at The Parlor posted by msjodi. Old Fashioned Living

Angel Craft Poems

Earth Angels

I’m a little Earth Angel
Sent to bless the seeds you sow;
To watch over and protect them,
So they’ll flourish and they’ll grow!
I’ll be here to guide you,
As you water and you weed,
And we’ll grow the miracles that are made,
Of each and every seed!

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Teddy Bear Angels

I am your guardian teddy bear. I’m looking out for you.
Just pull me close, and hug me tight whenever you feel blue.
Just tell me when you’re feeling sad, I listen very well.
Your hopes, your dreams, your troubles too,
I promise not to tell.

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Heart Angel Poems

There is an angel watching over you…
In good times, trouble or stress…
His wings are wrapped roundabout…
Whispering you are loved and blessed.
Friends are angels
Who lift us to our feet
When our own wings have trouble
Remembering how to fly!
A special blessing for you this day,
your own little angel has come to stay.

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Angel of Strength

Mountains are moved by a mustard seed of faith,
and miracles abound.
Even in the darkest times a seed of hope is found.
There are times our prayers though answered
are not as we’d have them be.
It’s in these times that an Angel for strength
is sent to you from me.

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Angel Without A Face

This special little angel
that comes without a face
was sent to show no judgement
by God’s eternal grace.
So hang it by its ribbon
some where up above
to serve as a reminder
of God’s abounding love.

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Friendship Angel

This is a very special angel
As you can plainly see.
The reason it’s so special,
it’s just for you, from me.
Whenever you are lonely
or even feeling blue,
You only have to hold this angel,
To know I think of you.
So keep this angel with you
as a reminder of all the joys we’ve shared
and remember its a symbol of a loving heart that cares!

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Angel House

Treasure this special little house,
And hang it in your home.
It’s a perfect place for an angel to stay,
When she’s to tired to roam.
Leave all your cares and worries here,
She’ll make them disappear,
For angels are sent from God above,
To bring a touch of Heaven here.

or

Hang this little angel house,
Somewhere in your home.
To provide a welcome resting place,
For angels as they roam,
may it help remind you,
When you look at it each day,
That Heavenly help and blessings,
Are only a prayer away.

or

Here’s a little angel house,
I made it just for you,
Just drop your worries in it
Anytime you’re feeling blue.
The angels live inside it
To help you bear your pain
And even if you stumble
They will pick you up again,
Let it hang as a reminder
That your troubles they’ll share
You’re shielded and protected
By the angels living there.

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Kitchen Guardian Angel

I’m your kitchen guardian angel,
And I’ll season your kitchen with love.
As you work hard to nourish you family
I’ll watch over and guide from above.
Every day I’ll ask God for His blessing
To keep you happy and safe in His care.
Though you may stand alone washing dishes
Just remember that I’m with you there!

or

Here’s a little angel
To season your kitchen with love.
She’ll help you cook your dinner
And watch over you from above.
And then at every mealtime
She’ll ask the Lord to bless
And when the meal is over
She’ll give you strength
To clean up the mess!

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Office Angel

I’m your office guardian angel,
On your desk I will reside
No matter how tough your workday
I will be here by your side.
You’re in basket” overflow
The computer may go “crash”
A project you just finished
May end up getting trashed.
No matter what the problem is
Please know I’m close at hand,
To help you out and try to see
Things will end up as you planned!

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Angel For Teacher

Here’s a little angel
To season your classroom with love.
She will help you teach the children
And watch over you from above.
She asks God to bless you
And the children in your care.
When you need her the most,
You know she’ll be there.

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Worry Angel

Here’s a little angel house
that all who come here share
we put in all our worries
so the load we do not bear.
The angels take those worries
straight to God with our prayer
so now this home is filled with peace
since we don’t have a care

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I am just a little worrier,
I sit upon your window sill.
You do not have to worry now,
Because you know that I will.
I am just a “Frazzled Angel”
and what a job I’ve got!
Since I have been watching over you,
My nerves are really shot!!!

The White Stocking

Make a white stocking and attach a poem to it.

The White Stocking:

It wasn’t that anyone had really been forgotten, no children had been slighted or made unhappy and no adult had been left unremembered. The presents had all been distributed and all the stockings were beautifully filled, all that is except one; it was the stocking intended for the child of Bethlehem. Of all the people belonging at that Christmas gathering, only he had been forgotten. Only he had been left out of the festivities. This didn’t seem quite right, inasmuch as it was his birthday that was being celebrated. This year, the little white stocking will be hung in a special place in our home. On Christmas eve, we will gather the family together and each of us will write on a piece of paper, a gift for Jesus to be placed in the stocking. It will remain in the stocking until next year’s Christmas eve, when we will reach into the stocking and pass out the papers from the year before. We hope that you will enjoy beginning this holiday tradition in your home. Your gift could include: personal goals you wish to achieve, family goals, ways you will be of service to others in the coming year, or relationships you wish to improve.

The white stocking

The presents were all there
Under the Christmas tree.
The stockings were hung and filled.
One for mom, dad, and me.
And yet,–what’s that?–
Another one that I didn’t see.
A beautiful White Christmas Stocking
That seemed to be empty.
It was the stocking for Baby Jesus
Only HE had been forgotten.
So we each wrote on a piece of paper
And slip the notes in the stocking,
To be left there until next Christmas Eve.
On that night we will take them out to read.
did we fulfill our commitments,
OUr goals, or give to those in need?
For those are the daily gifts we can give,
That give to Jesus too.
Gifts of love from each of us
Gifts of love to you.
Again on Christmas Day
We will write a little note.
And tuck it in the White Christmas Stocking.
To fill the year with hope.
©Birdiekity Sept-2000