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By the time you read this, the Advent season will most probably have begun. Some families may already have their Christmas trees and decorations up; some may have even finished decorating and doing their Christmas shopping as early as September or October. Others may already be counting down the days to Christmas. Indeed, it is a time of joyful waiting, a time of expectant hope for Christmas, or “Jesus’ birthday,” as my kids (and probably your kids too) call it.
Sadly though, there are many, many families who may not be as joyful or hopeful this Christmas season, especially here in the Philippines. Millions of families may be spending Christmas homeless and hungry; many will be grieving the loss of their loved ones — especially those who perished due to natural disasters such as Typhoon Yolanda or the Bohol earthquake.
Now, more than ever, is a time for us to keep Christ in Christmas. As homeschoolers, but more importantly, as Christian families in general, let us cultivate a culture of giving and sharing — the same kind of giving and sharing that Jesus preached about and lived out. Let us die to ourselves and our own selfish desires this Christmas and beyond, and teach our children to do the same. Here are some practical ways to do so: [Read more…]