Day 8 of Advent: A time to prepare for the Mystery of Christmas

Using the Godly Play curriculum, we prepare the children for the arrival of Jesus in a series of lessons called “The Mystery of Christmas.” They learn of Mary and Joseph’s trip to Bethlehem, of the barn where He is born, of the star which leads the shepherds and of the animals who were there to receive Him. But the look on the children’s face when they learn about the cow who went to his feed box for food and instead found Jesus is priceless. The cow’s expression turns from bewilderment to joy.

That morning in a barn a gift was given to all… A gift of grace for all to share. May we too experience the birth of Christ in awe and wonder as the cow did and as my children do!

Merry Christmas! 

Sandy Diaz

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I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

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