Day 24

Advent Verses

 Isaiah 9:1 says He will minister in Galilee; Matthew 4:12-16 confirms it so.

Jesse Tree

Today's verse is Luke 1:31 - You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.

A heart is the traditional symbol for today as we remember Mary's mother-heart.  A heart-shaped locket would be a beautiful ornament if you are making your own.

A beautiful Bible reading for today is the Magnificat:

Luke 1:46-55King James Version (KJV)

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

To Explore

  I've yet to taste one, but today we will study it and even attempt making.....the famous Christmas fruitcake.

The first record of fruitcake dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. Some have joked that we are still passing around that same fruitcake from year to year.

For a hilarious history, read -

For a very brief run-down for kids, try -

Christmas Around the World

Christmas in Egypt -

Hands On (cooking, coloring, creating)

Make Fruitcake -
Sugarless Fruitcake -
Unbaked Fruitcake -


For parents, language inappropriate for kids -