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Day 4

Wednesday, the 4th day of Advent

Advent Verses

In the Old Testament, Isaiah 7:14 tells us He will be born of a virgin.
In the New Testament, scripture is fulfilled in Matthew 1:21-23, as an angel appears to Joseph in a dream and mirrors these same words.

Jesse Tree

"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman.    -Genesis 3:4

And so sin entered the world.  Our verse for today recalls the lie told in the garden.  Though we don't know what kind of fruit it was, a simple drawing of an apple would make a nice ornament for today.  If you are using symbols rather than pictures, you could hang a small fake snake to help remember this part of the story.

To Explore

The Nutracker is a famous Russian ballet that began as a storybook entitled The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T. Hoffmann.  This version was never actually intended for children, though the ballet has become a classic children's Christmas tale.  It evolved from story to play to ballet, set to the music of Tchaikovsky. 

A history of the handy, yet beautiful tool known as the nutcracker -

Lesson plans on The Nutcracker

Nutcracker Coloring Pages

Nutcracker Coloring Page

Christmas Around the World

Russian Christmas contains an interesting history including the banning of celebrations, a different celebration date, and a 40 day advent season!

To read about Russia's rich history and traditions, visit:

Historically, St. Nicholas is dear to Russia, but not as a Santa Claus figure.  Russians instead look forward to a figure known as Father Frost.  St. Nicholas was brought to Russia in the days of Vladimir the Great and even now, Nikolai is one of the most popular boy names in Russia.  For more on St. Nicholas in Russia, see

The Tale of Babushka is perhaps more popular in the western world than in Russia, but nonetheless, it is a great Russian Christmas Folktale -

To wish a Merry Christmas in Russian, say "'S Rozhdestvom khristovym!"  or simply "S Rozhdestvom!", emphasizing the last syllable.

Hands On (cooking, coloring, creating)

Make a nutcracker from a potato chip can -
Make a nutcracker from clay pots -
Want to make one like the pros? -

Color a Nutcracker online -
Print Nutrcracker puppets -
Print Nutrcracker coloring pages -


Be sure to visit to listen to The Nutcracker Suite.




The Nutcracker ballet, with Baryshnikov


An animated version

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