ILS fourth graders have had fun learning about Christmas traditions around the world throughout the month of December!
Did you know that in Venezuela, streets are blocked off and people roller skate to church on Christmas Day? Did you know that in Scandinavian countries, people put out hay, grain, and special treats for the animals? Did you know that in France, they add a rooster to nativity scenes? Did you know that in Brazil and Australia, Christmas dinner is usually a picnic on the beach? Fourth graders have been studying Christmas customs around the world for history and religion classes this month.
We’ve learned SO much – like how in most Latin American countries, the baby Jesus isn’t put in the manger scene until Christmas Eve. In most Asian countries, Christmas is mostly commercial. In most European countries, the Christmas season is celebrated for a full month from December 6 to January 6. We have had great fun learning about how other countries celebrate Christmas. We’ve also had the opportunity to pray regularly for those who don’t know about the true meaning of Christmas.
For many of the countries we studied, students created a craft that related to the customs of that country. We made paper “klompen” to represent Holland. Klompen are those famous wooden Dutch shoes. Students colored Christmas medallions in bright colors to add to their shoes. They left their finished shoes on the Christmas Table – and "Sinterklaas", the Dutch Santa Claus, made a special visit to fill their klompen, just as he does in Holland every year. The fourth graders were thrilled to see what Sinterklaas left for them in their handmade paper klompen!
Thank you for the ways you support Immanuel so that children can learn more about Jesus and His love for us. Merry Christmas!
Jesus is the greatest gift that was ever given! On our final school day before Christmas break, Immanuel Lutheran School gathered to celebrate the gift of Jesus and serve Him by serving others.
Our students (K-8th grade), faculty, staff, and chaperones worshipped together in chapel and then participated in various activities to help equip House of Neighborly Service staff carry out their greater mission to serve the surrounding community.
After worshipping Jesus, our students divided into their chapel families so that they could accomplish various projects throughout HNS. They had a great time sorting food, writing encouraging notes for those in need, cleaning up the HNS property, organizing birthday baskets, decorating donation bags, and more!
Upon returning to ILS, we asked our students to reflect on their time at HNS. It was amazing to hear how our short service-learning project made a lasting impact on our students.
“I really liked seeing how what looked like a mountain of work was able to be done quickly because we all worked together.”
“It was AWESOME!!! It made me feel HELPFUL. It made me feel good. It made me know how much I have – and I should be grateful.”
“I was happy because we were helping parents to give their kids a birthday party.”
“I felt happy because I loved knowing that I was helping people. I would like to give them all the money from my piggy bank.”
“I liked that we got to clean door handles because it meant we were helping people to not get sick – if they don’t have money for food, they can’t afford medicine or a doctor.”
“I want to go do that more often.”
“I didn’t know that just caroling would change anything, but everybody smiled!”
Today’s service-learning opportunity was a wonderful reminder that we too receive great blessing when we serve others. House of Neighborly Service, thank you for inviting the Immanuel family to serve with you! Our Loveland community is so blessed by your generous outpouring of love and service! ILS family, thank you for your servant-hearts and for helping make today a fun day to remember!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!