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It's the second week of Advent and for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny, it started off with kisses, click clacking, and a clang! The kisses were from sweet grandchildren during a delightful afternoon that also included reading about Daniel Boone, some Advent activities for grandparents and grandchildren as we enjoyed a Christmas praise and worship music CD together, and two VERY fast games of checkers. (They were thrilled as they both won BIG TIME!)
These fun times were followed by a tranquil hour of Panera's hot chocolate and click clacking away on my mini pc portable netbook as I was blog site-seeing around the blog world, including A Pause in Advent and Denise Brown's Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party.
Then it was on to church for the clang of cymbals accompanied by piano, guitars, and an awesome choir as we thrilled to the sound of majestic Christmas praise and worship music. It was a wonderful Advent Sunday, I must say!
Perfect days are rare for all of us and especially for those of us involved in caring for elderly parents as well as helping with grandkids. This was one of those days that are truly a gift from God and when they come, it's so important to cherish the moments while they're happening and remember them during the more difficult days.
Another of His sweet gifts are encouraging Bible verses. During the time of Advent and Christmas I love to find creative ways to share the story of the Nativity with fun decorations and activities for grandparents and grandchildren. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 reminds us to surround ourselves with God's Word and Christmas gives us extra opportunities to do just that with unique Christmas tree ornaments and other decorations.
Several of my Christmas tree ornaments have encouraging and uplifting Bible verses on them like
or remind us of spiritual truths,
I have cute stuffed animals from the Christian book store that teach my grandkids to focus on Jesus – the Reason for the Season.
And this year, I was delighted to add a special new decoration from Penny Carlson of Lavender Hill Studio. I won a lovely mosaic cross during the Kelee Katillac's Miracle Party that SandwichINK participated in through Spiritual Sunday.
Penny sweetly gave me my choice of patterns and I selected these delightful pink roses.
After seeing how lovely it was, I knew it had to join my other special Christmas and Easter decorations.
It's perfect for Advent activities for grandparents and grandchildren! It gives me the opportunity to remind them that, without Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead as was prophesied, there would be no Christmas! Mega thanks again to Penny for this!
How about you? Do you have any special and unique Christmas tree ornaments or other decorations that you use to teach your grandkids or encourage your elderly parents with? We'd love to hear about them. And don't forget. Any comment, anywhere on SandwichINK, from December 5 through December 12, 2010, will enter you in the free blog giveaway for an Amazon gift certificate. And there are even more surprises being given away at Caregiving.com during their Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party. A wonderful gift for all of us caring for the elderly parents in our families.