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Day 12

Thursday, the 12th Day of Advent

Advent Verses

Psalm 34:20 tells us that His bones will not be broken.  John 19:36-38 confirms that none of His bones were broken, though the men beside Him had their legs broken  to speed their deaths.

Jesse Tree

Our verse today is Exodus 20:3 "You shall have no other gods before Me."  This easy-to-remember verse quickly calls to mind the exodus story and the Ten Commandments.
For a drawn ornament, a sketch of the ten commandment tablet works well.  For a homemade ornament, you might search for a tiny frog toy from around the house to recall the Egypt plagues.

To Explore

Gingerbread! Yummy and whimsical, gingerbread has shown up in various children's tales for many years.  Gingerbread gets its name from that all-important ingredient: Ginger!  You can purchase a nub of ginger root at most grocery stores very cheaply. It has a strong, distinct flavor and a definite spice!  Most of our baking incorporates powdered ginger rather than fresh ginger root.  For fun background on this interesting spice/root, visit -

Christmas Around the World

Bethlehem (which is also the name of our candle this week,) is also known as the House of Bread.  From this city, came the Bread of Life.
Bethelehem sees many processions and services at Christmas of various Christian denominations and celebrations last from December 24th until January 18th as it is celebrated differently and at different times by different denominations.

The Church of the Nativity is a famous site in Bethlehem and is built over the cave that is said to be the traditional location of the birth of Christ.

For more information, visit -

Hands On (cooking, coloring, creating)

Let's make Gingerbread houses!  My family has yet to be ambitious enough to put together an authentic gingerbread house, but we have made knock-off versions with graham crackers, canned frosting, and bagged candies.  No one wanted to eat them afterwards, but they were fun to assemble!  There are many kits available for the real thing and recipes for homemade gingerbread online.

Gingerbread Lapbook

Sandpaper Gingerbread Man

Easy-sew felt gingerbread man

Yum! I just tried my first Gingerbread Cake today

Non-edible, recycled Gingerbread house
and another:

Jan Brett Coloring Page -


Oh Little Town of Bethlehem -




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