12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, and Day 3 HERE.

DAY 4. Share a Christmas story or write one of your own.

I thought I would share a little rhyming Christmas poem I wrote a few years ago, inspired by an awesome sci-fi show called Stargate:Atlantis.

*Please Note* This is not a poem for children!
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Christmas Eve in Atlantis

by Michelle Sommerville

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

And Atlantis was beaming;

People tucked into their beds,

All peaceful and dreaming.

The stockings were hung by the Stargate with care,

SGA-1 storming a secret Wraith lair;

Weir still on base, holding the fort,

‘Can Santa find us’, not a far away thought.

The Stargate whirs and the lights turn on,

Like a Christmas star, it brightly shone;

The team runs through with only moments to spare,

Waiting for Santa becoming their only true care.

Tucking into bed, putting head on pillow,

Pretending to be asleep, Santa creeps in a window;

Ronon and Teyla unaware of Saint Nick,

What happened next, just too damn quick.

Thinking an intruder, or possibly Wraith,

If only they’d believed and had a little faith;

Nick’s neck was snapped, and ripped right off,

Ronon’s gun shooting poor little Rudolph.

The blood sprayed everywhere, coating the walls,

No time this year, for decking the halls;

The city awoke with a shot and a cry,

In time to see, ‘rest of the reindeers fly.

Ronon and Teyla imprisoned by decree,

Should they be hung up high on the Christmas tree?

With them now dead and their presents now alone,

Should their presents go back to the Arctic Zone?

With no other way in mind, Sheppard came through,

And took home their gifts, all shiny and new;

With the day almost over and the people tuckered out,

‘Could Christmas even continue?’ McKay thought in horrible doubt.

As sudden as anything, amazingly taking place,

Jolly Saint Nick reborn, for the old one he’d replace;

With a shout as he left, forgivingly he did recite,

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”

Hope you enjoyed!

Have you got a favourite Christmas story, or have you written your own?Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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Picture by ScaleSimple

I nominate: Shut that Negative Noise Off, Momentary Lapse of Sanity, and Gotta Find a Home.

The Birth of Jesus – Year 1 and 2 scripture lesson

With Christmas quickly approaching, it is now time to plan my scripture classes. While there are many websites out there with lessons you can use, I thought I would share what I did. For the most part, in keeping with the great work already done by others, I took what was already written, using ‘The First Christmas’ by Gaby Goldsack and Caroline Pedler (available for purchase here). I also wrote a post about the book here.

But more than just reading the book, I wanted to make the lesson more interactive and enjoyable for the kids.

In my limited experience, the end of the year approaching is making the kids extra restless. With their attention hard to capture and keep, I wanted to get them involved in telling the story. In the past, I was randomly choosing children to hold pieces of paper with pictures up for the rest, but that always had people missing out.

For this lesson, I have decided to have a box filled with items I will take out and help me tell the story. Here, I will simply post the pictures of the items.

Here we go!


Good morning/afternoon everyone.

Q. Who can tell me what’s something very special that’s coming up. We celebrate it every year near the end of December? Christmas

Today we’re going to talk about Christmas, the story of baby Jesus.

I have a box with some items inside. One by one I’ll pull one out, and it will help us tell our story.

*Reading the book while pulling out these items -*

ITEM: Nazareth street sign (made myself)

ITEM: Mary, Joseph, donkey, stable, Jesus in the manger, stable (here)

ITEM: an Angel (can’t find it)

ITEM: Bethlehem street sign (made myself)

ITEM: mean King Herod (here)

ITEM: Wise men (here)

ITEM: star (I can’t remember where I found this one)

ITEM: pyramid (here)

CONCLUDING PRAYER: Dear God, // Thank you for sending Jesus. // Help us in these last few weeks. // Amen.

Activity sheets –

1) Colouring-in (found on AZColoring)

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2) Find-a-word (made using Puzzle Maker)

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The kids really enjoyed the activities, especially the find-a-word.

All in all a very successful lesson and I can’t wait to figure out the next lesson.