Family Advent – Day 12

[Symbol] – Drums

……………………………………………………………….

[Articles relating to the Song]

“The Little Drummer Boy,” was written by pianist Katherine K. Davis in 1941.

The lyrics tell of a poor young boy who, unable to afford a gift for the infant Jesus, plays his drum for the newborn with the Virgin Mary’s approval. The newborn seems to understand and smiles at the boy in gratitude.

 

“Peace on Earth”

Throughout this wonderful Christmas season, we often hear the words “Peace on earth,” which is a reminder to us of the message delivered by the heavenly hosts to the humble shepherds at the time of our Saviour’s birth in Bethlehem (see Luke 2:13–14).

The great message of peace which the angels proclaimed that night so long ago is the message which we declare at this Christmas season. “Peace on earth” can come to each of us because of Jesus Christ and His love for each of us.

Peace comes to us as we follow our Saviour by being kind to others, obeying parents, praying each day, reading the scriptures, and trying to be more like Jesus in thought, word, and deed.

And as the Savior calmed the “great storm” on the Sea of Galilee with the words “Peace, be still” (see Mark 4:37–39), so He will calm our hearts and give us peace as we trust in Him and do what He has asked us to do.

At this Christmastime, we bear testimony of Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world. We testify that through Him we may have the peace which was declared at His birth. May His peace be in your hearts and in your homes this Christmas.

With love, The First Presidency

……………………………………………………………….

 [Song] Peace on Earth / Little drummer boy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiXjbI3kRus

……………………………………………………………….

[Scripture] 2 Nephi 32: 9

But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.

……………………………………………………………….

[Challenge – Share] –  the song “The Little Drummer Boy” tells the story of a young boy who wanted to give a gift to the baby Jesus, but all he had was a drum. The little boy decided to play his drum for Jesus and this song became the boy’s gift. At Christmas, the drum is a symbol of giving of ourselves. The sound of a drum is like the sound of a heartbeat, which reminds us to give from the heart. They also remind us to use and share our talents, whatever they might be and to give of what we have to others. So Today Pray and ask God to bless your efforts as you use one of your talents to make someone’s day brighter.

……………………………………………………………….

 [Quotes  relating to the challenge]

Signs of Christmas

By Diana L. Hammond

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:14).

 

Emma sat at the big oak table surrounded by her family. It was the first of December.

“OK,” Dad said, “it’s time to discuss our individual Christmas projects. Who can tell me the rules?”

“We each do a project that doesn’t cost any money,” Ben said.

“It can’t be a material item,” Mom added.

“And most important of all, it has to bring the spirit of Christmas to someone,” Jane finished. “I’m going to baby-sit for Sister Wells so that she can get her Christmas baking done.”

Mom beamed. “An excellent project. How about you, Ben?”

“I think I’ll wrap presents for Project Merry Christmas. It’s a city program that collects gifts for the poor.”

Dad nodded. “Good plan, Son. As for me, I’ll be practicing my Ho Ho Hos, because I’m going to take the part of Santa in some local preschool plays.”

Mom eyed Dad’s tummy and winked. “It looks like you’ll need only one pillow this year. I’m going to play Christmas music at the Golden Days Nursing Home, and Kayla will help me rehearse by not crying—I hope. That leaves you, Emma.”

Emma squirmed. “I don’t know yet.”

Dad gave her a hug. “That’s all right,” he said. “But try to decide soon. Christmas comes quickly, and you shouldn’t do anything out of desperation. That wouldn’t mean as much.”

Emma tried and tried to think of something that she could do, but no good ideas came. If I were a teenager like Ben and Jane, I could do lots of cool projects, she thought. But what can a little kid do?

A week passed, and Emma still didn’t have a plan. She wanted to make someone happy by helping in some way, but her mind always drew a blank.

In church on Sunday, Emma noticed Sister Dugan interpreting for Brother Drake, who was deaf. Emma watched in wonder as Sister Dugan’s fingers flashed and danced, weaving invisible words out of thin air. She liked the hand motions and wished she knew what they meant. In an instant she had a plan.

For the next couple of weeks, Emma worked hard. Her mom took her to the library to check out books, then she practiced for hours with Sister Dugan.

On a clear, crisp December evening a few days before Christmas, Emma and her family drove to Brother Drake’s house. Before leaving the car, Emma asked her family to say a prayer with her. Then they all got out, bundled in winter coats and hats. Only Emma did not wear mittens. She flexed her fingers and watched her breath in the cold air. Dad rang the doorbell, and they were soon greeted by Brother Drake and his hearing dog.

“‘Silent night! Holy night!’” they sang. “‘All is calm, all is bright …’” * Emma’s fingers formed the words in American Sign Language—awkwardly at first but with growing confidence. When she signed the words heavenly peace, all fear left her, and her fingers felt warm and loose. She was no longer just moving them in memorized patterns, but really singing the story of the Savior’s birth. She felt this same peace as they sang “Away in a Manger.”

When they had finished, Brother Drake wiped a tear from his eye and beckoned the family inside. While they drank eggnog, he grabbed a pen and pad of paper. “Thank you for those beautiful songs,” he wrote. “I have never had Christmas carolers before. You have brought the spirit of Christmas into my home and given me an unforgettable gift.”

Emma’s heart felt as if it had grown a thousand times bigger. She said a silent prayer thanking Heavenly Father for the wonderful Christmas spirit. “Merry Christmas,” she signed carefully. “Merry Christmas and heavenly peace.”

 Media link: [The Coat]

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2011-12-001-the-coat?

  ……………………………………………………………….

10th Anniversary Advent Throw-Back :

[A favourite from previous Advents]

Quote: [Merrilee Boyack]

Our small efforts of love and kindness can do a great deal to be a healing balm to those around us. We may never know the deep impact our actions have on others, but in their moments of darkness and despair, ours can be the hand that reaches down and grabs theirs.

 

……………………………………………………………….

[Colouring Page] – Right Click to Save.

day-12-drums

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s