Joy to the World! The Lord Has Come!
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I had the precious opportunity to babysit my almost five-year-old grandson and my 19-month grandson for a week while their parents took a restful and quiet trip together. I had all kinds of ideas about how we spend the days together. I had grand plans of places where we would go and things we would do. We did manage to enjoy a few of those activities, including building a gingerbread house together!

One evening after I had put the boys to bed, I found myself sweeping up discarded Cheerios® and thinking about the plans I had made compared to the reality of what really went on for the day. I was thinking about how wonderful it would be to homeschool during Christmas and what meaningful opportunities there would be to focus on the holiday!

You could do so many hands-on experiences: baking cookies for others, build something together, decorate together, research something together, or learn about Christmas in other countries. There's an endless list of things to learn and experience just around the central theme of Christmas. Never mind all the learning surrounding the Bible account: geography, customs, and other interesting facts surrounding Christ's birth. I thought to myself, "If I were homeschooling right now, I would surely be packing my days with so many of these teachable lessons instead of the regular lessons I would typically plan year-round!"

As I finally got the remnants of the day cleaned up, I recalled what was really most important for those boys that day. We lived life together, had some fun, shared conversation, and we talked about Jesus along the way. I got to wondering how many days others have homeschooled with grand ideas of things they hoped to accomplish, but at the end of those days, it felt like their ambitious plans were derailed, and those parents were left wondering if they had over-planned or missed out on what was most important.

What was really important for me those few days was to give those parents some time together and to provide a loving, safe place for those kids. I made sure all of the things that needed to get done, did; and in the middle of those things, opportunities, blessing, and life lessons sprung up. We shared laughs, tears, lots of hugs, and sometimes some of the big plans I had made were adapted to fit the occasion.

Sounds a lot like the homeschool journey sometimes, doesn't it? Homeschooling during Christmas can be tricky. There are musical performances, parties, family pictures, shopping, hot-chocolate-making plans, and more. Somewhere in there, we are tailoring our lessons so we can still accomplish our homeschooling responsibilities and enjoying the season.

Somewhere in the mix of that, don't let the central message of Christmas be missed. It is very simple but profound. The Lord has come! Because of that, we experience joy- not just for ourselves, but the joy that lasts and is offered to all of mankind. God provided the answer for every need we have when He gave us Jesus.

As you are sweeping up Cheerios, listening to your child sing, hurrying to get out of the door to a gathering, or whatever is going on in the next few days, keep it simple. Teach and enjoy the simple truths of this season and keep your homeschool teaching uncomplicated if you choose to teach lessons at all throughout the holidays. Spend time on the most important lesson that your children will ever learn- Jesus came for them!

P.S. They can work on handwriting in January when they write thank you notes for the gifts they have received.

Merry Christmas, Friends!
Joy to the world! The Lord has come!

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Sharon Fisher | Manager | Curriculum Specialist, Speaker Coordinator, Social Media
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