Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Advent Countdown - Day 11 - Italy

Yay!!!!  We are actually cooler :)  We are finally down in the upper 50s :)  So very very excited!!!

Today is the 11th day of December.  Christmas is in two weeks.  Yikes!

We started our time reading the Bible - Luke 1:39-45.

We then took some time to read about Italy.  Numerous Italians are Catholic.   They put a lot of emphasis on the Nativity.  The kiddos were quite excited about this - since we too love Nativity scenes, trying to always remember that Christ is the most important gift of Christmas.

Our book for today was A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy, by James Doti.  This was a cute story, but was somewhat of a disappointment.  We enjoyed the Italian words in the story, but there wasn't much about the culture of Italy, nor how they really celebrate Christmas.

For our craft, we decided to make a Nativity ornament.  This was so much fun!  The kids had fun sanding the cut clothespins and pressing the pieces together.  And the final product is absolutely adorable.  I LOVE the simplicity of it!



For dinner, we had a version of Spaghetti ai Frutti di Marre, or Spaghetti with Fruit of the Sea.  Our family decided to just go with shrimp and scallops.  We added a bit of shredded parmesan cheese on top.  Oh my word - so yummy!