Best of HIRL Christmas Series: Jesus vs. Santa

Free homeschool podcast discussing Christmas and Santa ClausDoes Santa have any place in the celebration of Christmas? If you listen to some homeschoolers talk about it, event the mention of Santa Claus associated with Christmas will land you in the “loner’s corner” of your co-op. Yet, others celebrate good ol’ jolly Santa Claus right next to the baby Jesus. There is also a third category of homeschoolers (like Fletch) who enjoy stirring the pot and cracking off remarks like: “You know…if you rearrange the letters in Santa…it spells S-A-T-A-N.” Fletch can be cheeky that way!

Where does that leave us?

Should we allow Santa to have a seat at the Christmas table or should he and Rudolph be hidden high up on the shelf with that pesky elf?

With sleighbells ringing and all the yuletide they can muster, Fletch and Kendra sit down for an open, honest discussion about the celebration of Christmas and answer the question: What should Christian homeschooling parents do with Santa Claus at Christmas? Tune in and join them for a fun and lively debate on this edition of HomeschoolingIRL.

 


 

Recommended Resources:
Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
Hope Shifting by Jim Applegate
5 Terrific Christmas Advent Devotionals – HomeschoolingIRL Blog

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
None

Music clips used on this episode:
Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley – Go buy it on iTunes
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Willie Nelson – Go buy it on iTunes


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We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

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The Birthday That Cut History In Two

FW Radio - Podcast #54 - The Birthday That Cut History In TwoIn “The Birthday That Cut History in Two” with Meredith Curtis, episode #054, we explore the most significant birth the world has ever experienced. Meredith shares the way God set people, events, and hints in place for 4,000 years to prepare the world for the birth of Jesus. The Lord weaved together an amazing celebrated to welcome Jesus to earth and display His glory. Since His Birth Day, Jesus impacts and continues to impact the world stage in a powerful way. In light of these things, how can we celebrate this Wondrous Birthday and experience the Birthday Gift for all eternity.

Curtis Family Christmas Devotions

Merry Christmas from Merey & Laura. We want to bless you this Christmas with a copy of our Christmas devotions, Curtis Christmas Family Devotions. Download your copy FREE on our JoyfulandSuccessfulHomeschooling.com website on the Free E-book Gifts Page.

 


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


Show Notes

Travel back in time with me to the most spectacular birth announcement ever sounded. Best of all, God Himself is announcing the birth of His Son.

What Made the Birth Spectacular?

The miracles

The Singers

The Trip

The Complications

The Gifts

Who was Excited about the Birth

Who was Scared by the Birth

How Did The Lord Prepare Over Time?

This birth was planned for over 4,000 years.

God was so excited about it that He dropped little hints during that entire 4,000 years, starting in Genesis.

Hints throughout Old Testament History.

How Did God Get Everything Ready for the Birth

The Lord got everything ready for the arrival of His Son.

Language & Reason

Roads & Reason

Pax Romana & Reason

How Jesus Made History for 33 years.

The Teachings

The Miracles

The Foundation Laid

How Jesus Made History for over 2,000 years.

Good News

Glorious Family

How Jesus cut History in Two and what that Means

Christmas Resources

Celebrate Christmas with Cookies by Meredith Curtis

Blog Posts

Happy Birthday, Jesus http://www.meredithcurtis.com/blog/happy-birthday-jesus

Kiss the Son http://www.meredithcurtis.com/blog/kiss-the-son

The Birthday That Cut History in Two

Meredith shares the way God set people, events, and hints in place for 4,000 years to prepare the world for the birth of Jesus, the most significant birth the world has ever experienced. The Lord weaved together an amazing celebration to welcome Jesus to earth and display His glory. Since His Birth Day, Jesus impacts and continues to impact the world stage in a powerful way. In light of these things, how can we celebrate this Wondrous Birthday and experience the Birthday Gift for all eternity.

Where Have All The Heroes Gone?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #52, Here Have All the Heroes Gone?Where Have All the Heroes Gone? with Meredith Curtis, podcast #052 looks at the fascination with Super-Heroes in today’s culture, how they’ve changed, and why we love Heroes. Meredith discusses Christian heroes, how they can impact our personal lives, and how they can inspire us to greatness. As a special bonus, six Super-Heroes drop in to tell their story. You will meet Pope Gregory, Lady Jane Grey, Lottie Moon, Brother Andrew, Elisabeth Eliot, and Nicky Cruz. We will end with instructions to host your own Heroes for Jesus Party.

 

 

 

 

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Show Notes

There are so many super-hero movies out now. I have to stop and wonder what makes them so popular.

There are so many familiar heroes from my childhood, but boy; have they changed.

Different in values, morals, humility, respect for authority.

Relating to broken heroes and why we need heroes.

We are broken, but fixed by the One True Super-Hero.

Who are Christian heroes from the past?

How can they impact us?

How can they inspire us to greatness?

Let the Heroes Speak: Pope Gregory, Lady Jane Grey, Lottie Moon, Brother Andrew, Elisabeth Eliot, and Nicky Cruz.

One way that we learn about heroes is by having a Heroes for Jesus Party.

How to have a Heroes for Jesus Party: monologues, costumes, and games/activities.

Resources:

Celebrate Our Christian Heroes by Meredith CurtisCelebrate Our Christian Heroes explains how and why to celebrate Christian heroes, as well as discussing reasons the author’s family stopped celebrating Halloween. Step-by-step instructions are given for planning and hosting your own Heroes For Jesus Party with monologues, costume ideas, and game/activity ideas for over 40 Christian Super-Heroes. A special bonus resource is the instructions and template to make your own Paul’s Journey to Rome Board Game! Enjoy!

 

Another resource is The Forgotten Podcast, a collection of hero stories that will inspire you!

The Real Kingdom and Counterfeit

Podcast #050 The Real Kingdom and the CounterfeitThe Real Kingdom and The Counterfeit with Meredith Curtis, Podcast #050, is a tale of two kingdoms. The Kingdom of God, established by the Lord, will last forever. In opposition is the kingdom of darkness who reign is doomed. Take a trip back in time to the Tower of Babel to discover some recognizable patterns that have been repeated throughout history in a futile attempt to undermine the Lordship of Jesus Christ. You will never see history the same again.

 

Homeschooling Books by Powerline Productions, Inc. | The Real Kingdom and The Counterfeit with Meredith Curtis, Podcast #050, is a tale of two kingdoms.

The Real Kingdom and the Counterfeit

The Real Kingdom and The Counterfeit with Meredith Curtis, Podcast #050, is a tale of two kingdoms. The Kingdom of God, established by the Lord, will last forever. In opposition is the kingdom of darkness who reign is doomed. Take a trip back in time to the Tower of Babel to discover some recognizable patterns that have been repeated throughout history in a futile attempt to undermine the Lordship of Jesus Christ. You will never see history the same again.

Life Began in a Garden

In another installment of Life Lessons from Ancient History, Life Began in a Garden with Meredith Curtis, she shares the creation story straight as it is written in the Bible and describes what it means for us today. There are some patterns, habits, mandates, even laws which were started that first week. Join us to hear Meredith describe what they are and why it matter today.

Walking Teens from Doubt to Faith

Walking Teens from Doubt to Faith, FWRadio Episode #47Walking Teens from Doubt to Faith with Pastor Mike Curtis takes you to our Finish Well Conference. Most of our children, especially teens, experience a time when they must come to grips with who God is. Pastor Mike shares important techniques to help parents guide their children from following Mom and Dad’s faith to embracing a vibrant faith of their own. This workshop will inspire parents to show their children a genuine faith that is real and practical. It will help parents to field difficult questions like, “What assurance do I have that I am actually saved?”. Pastor Mike even lists great resources which answer tough questions like, “How can I know that God really exists?” We hope you enjoy this small sample of the Finish Well 2014 Homeschooling High School Conference.

 

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I’d Rather Be Texting

I’d Rather Be Texting with Julianna Curtis, Shine Curtis, Jimmy Curtis, Phoebe Nolette, and Joshua Nolette takes you to our Finish  Well Conference. This workshop is led by a homeschool grad as well as four homeschool high schoolers who looked at all the times they thought, or even said, “I’d rather be texting than do that.” They each share some great insight into the benefits of doing just the opposite. Listen in and enjoy some of the wisdom that these young speakers shared at Finish Well 2013.

I’d Rather Be Texting

I'd rather be textingI’d Rather Be Texting with Julianna Curtis, Shine Curtis, Jimmy Curtis, Phoebe Nolette, and Joshua Nolette takes you to our Finish  Well Conference.

 

This workshop is led by a homeschool grad as well as four homeschool high schoolers who looked at all the times they thought, or even said, “I’d rather be texting than do that.” They each share some great insight into the benefits of doing just the opposite. Listen in and enjoy some of the wisdom that these young speakers shared at Finish Well 2013.

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