I cannot believe that the Fall Family Challenge is coming to a close. It's been fantastic! I've had a really great time coming up with ideas on how to make the most out of each moment with your family, and I'm so glad to have met so many amazing people along the way.
It the next week or so, I'll post an entire index of the Fall Family Challenge so that it can be accessed from one post. That way, if you missed anything it'll be easy to catch up!
And don't worry... there will be plenty more to come. My focus on family activities doesn't end here!
X is for Xmas - what does it mean??
I hear it all the time - people offended by the shortened version of Christmas, Xmas. Whereas it might look like a commercialized, shortened version of the religious holiday we call Christmas, the shorted Xmas is a) not irreligious, or b) taking Christ out of Christmas.
Here's a fun and educational fact for you to share with your friends and colleagues this year, the next time you hear someone sneer at the thought of "Xmas."
ETYMOLOGY of Xmas:
From X, the Greek letter chi, first letter of Greek Khrstos, Christ ; see Christ
Xmas has been used for hundreds of years in religious writing, where the X represents a Greek chi, the first letter of , "Christ." In this use it is parallel to other forms like Xtian, "Christian." But people unaware of the Greek origin of this X often mistakenly interpret Xmas as an informal shortening pronounced (ksms). Many therefore frown upon the term Xmas because it seems to them a commercial convenience that omits Christ from Christmas.
I do still prefer to say Christmas, myself. What do you prefer??
Y is for Yummy Yule Log
Over time words have different meanings, and Yule is a perfect example of that. We've all heard it in the carols - "Yule-tide songs being sung by a fire... and folks dressed up like eskimos..."
Anyways... the Yule was originially a 12th century pagen festival to celebrate winter. It lasted for most of December and January until it was later linked with the nativity of Jesus Christ. Then, the Yule was the feast of the celebration of Christmas.
A Yule Log was originally a big log that was put at the foundation of a home's fire on Christmas Eve. Nowaways you can switch to your local news station and most likely see a digitalized Yule Log on Christmas.
Check out this recipe from Hershey's!
Chocolate & White Yule Log
Z is for ZZzzz... Get Some Sleep!!
Well, you know how it goes... Santa just won't come until you're sleeping! It's for a good reason too. The jolly old man knows the importance of a good night's rest and wants to make sure that you have enough energy to play with your new toys and gadgets. (Not to mention, the holidays are EXHAUSTING!)
training alarm clock is set by mom and dad and works with a lit up picture. When the bunny is sleeping, it's too early to get up, and it's time to go back to bed. Set rules for this - if the bunny is sleeping, it's ok to get up and go potty, get a drink of water, to get a tissue. Then it's back to bed. When the bunny is awake - it's OK to get up! If mom and dad are still asleep when the bunny is awake, that means it's OK to wake them up too!!
I know so many parents who have raved at this alarm clock and the miracle it performs by keeping children in bed. Best of all, they will be proud of their new understanding skills!
The Fall Family Challenge by Holly at Nap Time is designed to encourage families to do activities together and learn at the same time. There are no rules, no wrongs, no rights - just family fun!