Welcoming Christmas season: Classroom decoration.

A teacher. One occupation, many job descriptions. A teacher takes care of the teaching and all administration stuff, gives counseling for students who need it, and also, of course, decorates the classroom.

For the last job description, you just don’t need to ask me to do stuff like this, I will do it voluntarily, wholeheartedly, and just excitedly. haha.

This will be my first classroom decoration since this is my first year of teaching. My very first time I have my own classroom 🙂 the feeling is just amazing. My partner and I agreed to have this as our Christmas theme this year: Peace to whom He is pleased. And instead of using some green-red mainstream decoration, I choose blue-silver combination for our Christmas decoration. Let me explain some of the reasons why I chose these two colors as the theme colors in my classroom’s decorations. First of all, I really want my students to be aware of the “why” of doing what we do. Christmas decorations are nice to have for sure, as long as they help us to really understand the real meaning and not drag us into having them as the focus instead. Just like a photo frame, no matter how pretty it is, still, the photo itself is the focus. Having pretty photo frame is nice, but why bother having a nice one without any nice picture with nice memories in it? It’s still pretty, but it’s empty. Blue and silver have meanings as colors. Blue represents peacefulness, tranquility, and calmness. Our theme is “Peace to whom He is pleased.” then blue is just perfectly fit to depict the peace we’re embracing this Christmas.

Here are some of the pictures of the Christmas decorations for my classroom.

wreath2 wreath1simple blue-silver wreaths.

how to make the wreath 1no sophisticated materials needed for these simple yet beautiful wreaths. You just need some used papers, clear tape, and this thingy (what do you guys call this thing huh? haha) well, you can find this in many stores, especially in this season, there will be many of these available at stores. Oh for the bow, you only need origami paper. How to make it? Simple, just go to this link. Very easy.

envelope1 envelope handmade envelopes for Christmas cards for each person in our class. I use gift wrap papers for the envelopes. I’ll post on the how I am going to do with these envelopes soon! oh, plus the cards! They’re still in the making.

I hope to get all done by Friday!

Yeah yeah!

Happy welcoming Christmas everyone! 😀 😀 😀

Welcoming Christmas season: Advent.

I was raised in a family that has been going to a conservative kind of church, so I am so familiar with the seasons of the Church, that includes the Advent season. Advent season starts in the beginning of December and ends at the week the Christmas day happens to be fall on that year. Advent season is four weeks before Christmas day. The word  advent originally came from two Latin words: ad that means to and venire that means come –> advenire means to come –> advent means coming or arrival. Advent season is observed by the church as the time of waiting and preparing for the Christmas day itself. I am so used to the liturgy that I have in my church where I grew up that we usually have one candle to be lit each week until we have all four candles lit up. I have been following the liturgy for many years in my life, but haven’t been really getting the real meaning of Advent itself.

This year, I am having something new –> Advent devotionals. Advent starts on the first day of December and ends at Christmas eve every year. Well, according to some sources, Advent may also start as early as Nov 27th and as late as Dec 3rd and ends always at Christmas eve. But it just doesn’t matter, it doesn’t have to be that strict, the devotionals are good to be read at any time. Simply put, just start reading and get yourself prepared. Easy? haha.

Advent devotionals are basically a series of daily readings that lead us to the Christmas day. It’s the same as many other kinds of daily devotionals, but it’s more specific to Christmas. I found it to be very good to be read as I am preparing and welcoming Christmas season spiritually. I chose this devotionals by John Piper –> Good News of Great Joy. I downloaded it from here for free.

“What I want most for Christmas this year is to join you (and many others) in seeing Christ in all his fullness and that we together be able to love what we see with a love far beyond our own half-hearted human capacities.” — John Piper

What you don’t feed, dies. What you do feed, grows. Remember? Do not get too consumed with the ornaments from the outside, because Christ should be the reason for the season.

Happy Tuesday!

Stay blessed and get prepared! 🙂

Welcoming Christmas season

I will still be posting posts on “another day, another lesson learned”. Lessons won’t stop as long as I live. And the sharing of the lessons won’t stop as long as I have internet connection that makes me possible to post them all on this blog. haha.

Anyways, today is the last Friday in November and also the last day of teaching in this semester. Time flies! Next week my students will have their final exam for this odd semester. I am done preparing all the stuff needed for the semester exam. Three sets of exam for grade 3-5 have been printed and submitted to the teacher coordinator. I am all glad to have done with all those things so I can focus on preparing the coming season of this year: Christmas!!

coming soon *made by Ivander, grade 1 student. notice he wrote soong instead of soon. haha

December is always an exciting month when works are being done, people are heading back home to just enjoy and spend the little time of holiday with the family, and when there are lots of time to get relaxed and reflect on things passed this year. This December will be another December with full of plans on things I wanna do, well, the same as the other months in the year, I always have lots of plans to do.

The first and foremost, I’ll be home for Christmas! I am all excited to be home soon 🙂

And hey, this is Christmas! This is the perfect time to get your Christmas playlist played, put on all the Christmas decoration in your house, and get the Christmas tree erected in the middle of your home! Yes, they are nice and sweet to be present in this season’s atmosphere. But since this is Christmas, let us put Christ at the heart of our preparation. Decorations are nice for sure, but without the true meaning of Christmas, all would be meaningless. Because we all know, He is the one gives meaning to everything we do, and even more, He is the one who gives meaning to who we are.

focusfor me, I will surely have those fun Christmas decorations. I love them. But as I have them, I will also make sure that I have my heart being prepared as well. I will share all the ideas, both for physical and spiritual preparation as we welcome this coming season.

Here’s a glimpse of what I am gonna share in my next post:

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Happy Friday, people!!

Stay positive!

Hey, it’s Christmas! :D (Part 1)

Christmas is coming!!

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open the lace, get into the first page 🙂

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the back cover.

and yes, Christ is the reason for the season. not the gifts, nor the Christmas trees.

let’s put Christ back to where he is supposed to be. the reason for our celebration, the reason for the season.

have a very merry Christmas, everyone!