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For 30 Years The Teaching Home Has Been Providing Home-School Families
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement from a Distinctively Christian Perspective.

Co-Editors: Veteran Home-School Sisters, Sue Welch and Cindy Short

I Heard the Bells
on Christmas Day

by Hen­ry W. Long­fel­low, 1864

I heard the bells
on Christmas day

Their old familiar
carols play,

And wild and sweet
the words repeat

Of peace on earth,
good will to men.

And thought how,
as the day had come,

The belfries of all

Had rolled along
the unbroken song

Of peace on earth,
good will to men.

Till ringing,
singing on its way

The world revolved
from night to day,

A voice, a chime,
a chant sublime

Of peace on earth,
good will to men.

And in despair
I bowed my head

"There is no peace
on earth," I said,

"For hate is strong
and mocks the song

Of peace on earth,
good will to men.

Then pealed the bells
more loud and deep:

"God is not dead,
nor doth He sleep;

The wrong shall fail,
the right prevail

Of peace on earth,
good will to men.

Read the story behind this favorite Christmas carol in Jeff Myers' blog.

Free Christmas E-books
and Unit Studies

Christmas Unit Studies

Christmas Holiday Helper

Living Books Curriculum presents picture study, copywork, and stories. 22-pages.
•  Free pdf e-book.

A Blessed Christmas Unit Study

This unit study is about the symbols of Christmas – each one pointing to the Lord Jesus Christ. The entire focus is on Christ, His character, our service to Him, and our opportunity to spread His light to others.  This 24-day study has been expanded with many activities.  49-pages.
•  Free pdf e-book.
•  Free online html version.
•  Free original, short (non-expanded) html version.

The Names of Jesus Unit Study

Each of 24 days you will study one of the Names of Jesus.  Includes Bible and character study, learning activities, a Christmas Journal, and more.
•  Free 149-page expanded version in .doc format.
•  Free original, short (non-expanded) html version.

Good Christian Men Rejoice!

This unit is a study of 15 Christmas carols and hymns with learning activities.
•  Free html version.

Christmas Around the World

Information, activities, recipes, coloring pages, etc.  Includes Japan, Australia, Egypt, England, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Mexico, Spain, Ireland, and Colonial America.  Not overtly Christian, but nothing objectionable.  46 pages.
•  Free pdf e-book.

Christmas Unit Studies

This index page links to many possibilities to include in your Christmas unit study, including links to resources, lapbooking units, coloring pages, learning activities, complete unit studies, and more.  Not overtly Christian.
•  Free online html version.
•  Christmas Unit Study - Bible.

Christmas Activities

Christmas Worksheets

Crossword puzzles, word search, etc. based on Luke 2:1-20.  Includes answer key.
41 pages.
•  Free pdf e-book.

Annie's Christmas Welcome Page

On this page you will find all my different Christmas pages listed.  Annie's Holiday Pages are written from a Christian Perspective!

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Sunnyside Up

Serving God Alone

Amber, 4, was helping Grandma entertain company one day.

Grandma fixed a beautiful tray of cookies and asked Amber to serve them.

With a horrified look, Amber exclaimed, "Oh, no, Grandma!  I only serve God!"

Submitted by Heather S., Indiana.

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Peace with God

For it was the Father's (God) good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him (Jesus Christ),

and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself,

having made peace through the blood of His cross ...

And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,

yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death,

in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.

(Colossians 1:19-22)

God loves you.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Man was separated from God by sin.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)

The death of Jesus Christ in our place is God's only provision for man's sin.

He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:25)

We must personally receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12)

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

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 Last Two Christmas Issues 

Newsletter #295:  Preparing for Christmas
1. Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday? 2. Proclaiming the Good News; 3. Giving To Meet Needs; 4. Affecting Our Culture

Newsletter #296Christmas Bible Study: Devotionals and Activities 1. Be Devoted to the Lord; 2. Read the Story; 3. Study the Story; 4. Dramatize the Story; 5. Apply the Story of God's Love; 6. Sing about the Story

 In This Issue 

Family Time Activities

15 Activities You Can Use This Week and Next

 Recommended Resources 

•  Colonial Williamsburg Retreat: for Homeschoolers
•  Gospel for Asia: Gifts That Can Transform Lives


In this issue we offer 15 suggestions for activities your family can enjoy together during this holiday and your winter break.

Look over this list and see if there are any of these ideas that your family would like to include in your schedule – but don't try to do them all, or you will wear yourself out!

You could be very pleased with the results of adding a new family activity and just might make a family memory or start a family tradition as well.

During this season, as you enjoy time with your family, also remember in prayer those whose families have been broken or have suffered a loss, as well as those who are separated by military service to our country.

May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.


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