My favorite childhood Christmas memory was the year our pastor took everyone out in his personal horse and carriage. We sang church hymns and Christmas carols as we trodded through the small downtown area that I grew up in. We sang passionately and in between songs, we would drink delicious hot chocolate. It was better than magical- it was spiritual and I will always remember it as the best Christmas ever.
The most memorable Christmas present I received was what appeared to be a plain rock in my stocking. I remember feeling perplexed and wondered why my parents had given me such a gift. My parents were both giggling, wanting me to figure it out on my own but also anxious to see my reaction when I finally “got it.” My dad suggested I hit the rock with a hammer. I looked at him confused but I knew he had his reasons so I listened. The inside of the rock was sparkling with purple crystals. I felt surprised, delighted, and full of wonder.
As a Charlotte Mason homeschool mom I appreciate the beauty in her educational philosophy, I understand and trust in her methods. Which is why I came up with some Charlotte Mason style Christmas ideas. To bring my children surprise, delight, and wonder. To give them the best Christmas ever.
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Christmas is the perfect holiday to gift a Bible.
Living books to include:
“Points to be borne in mind in children’s handicrafts are: a) that they should not be employed in making futilities such as pea and stick work, paper-mats and the like; b) that they should be taught slowly and carefully what they should do; c) that slipshod work should not be allowed; d) and, that, therefore, the children’s work should be kept well within their compass.”-Charlotte Mason (Vol. 1, pp. 315-316)
Personally my favorite handicraft out of all of these is the make your own fishing lures. I love the outdoors and have enjoyed the sport of fishing since I was a young girl. Both of my children have had interest in fishing lately, maybe it is time to introduce it to them. Make your own fishing lures is a great way to do just that.
“Never be within doors when you can rightly be without.” -Charlotte Mason
I can not emphasize enough how much we enjoy our outdoor time and nature walks. I have been wanting to put together a little exploration bag and Christmas is the perfect occasion to give these as a gift to our children.
“As soon as he is able to keep himself, a nature-diary is a source of delight to a child. While he is quite young (five or six), he should begin to illustrate his notes freely with brush drawings; he should have a little help at first in mixing colors, in the way of principles, not directions.” -Charlotte Mason Home Education pg.55
Yes, I am equally excited for a nature diary as a gift, as I am the fishing lures and outside exploration backpacks. I would have to say, if I could only give my children three gifts-the fishing lures, outdoor backpack kit, and nature diary supplies would be it.
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“An observant child should be put in the way of things worth observing.” -Charlotte Mason Home Education pg. 69 “The sense of beauty comes from Early contact with nature.” -Charlotte Mason Home Education pg.68
“When we say that “education is an atmosphere,” we do not mean that a child should be isolated in what may be called a ‘child-environment’ especially adapted and prepared, but that we should take into account the educational value of his natural home atmosphere, both as regards persons and things, and should let him live freely among his proper conditions. It stultifies a child to bring down his world to the child’s’ level.” Charlotte Mason, Home Education
There are so many Charlotte Mason Methods that can easily be turned into a Christmas gift idea. The beauty of a Charlotte Mason philosophy is that it truly is a educational feast. I hope to bring my children surprise, delight, and wonder. To give them the best Christmas ever-which isn’t the gifts. Rather, it is understanding the meaning of Christmas and forming an amazing bond in the process. These types of gifts naturally involve us all and create long lasting memorable childhood experiences. What are some gift ideas you have this Christmas?