Thursday, December 26, 2013

Advent Countdown - Day 16 - France & Spain

A week and a half until Christmas!  Woohooooo!

Our day started with reading Luke 2:8-12.  Then we started the geography portion of our schooling.  France and Spain were the final two countries in Europe we took a look at for our countdown.  In France, the yule log is a very important part of celebrating Christmas.  It is carried into the home on Christmas Eve and burnt through the night, in case Mary and Baby Jesus come by.  In Spain, the Midnight Mass or Mass of the Rooster is popular.  It is called the latter, because a rooster is thought to have crowed when Jesus was born.

Our book for the day was Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.  This story is fascinating!  It is about Wilson Bentley and his fascination with, and determination to capture images of, snowflakes.  To go along with the story, we decided to make paper snowflakes to hang around our house.




For dinner, we decided to do our main course from Spain, with a side from France.  It consisted of Shrimp Andouille Paella with a side of Salad Vinaigrette.  Super super yummy (little spicy - but yummy).