Today's book was the movie version of The Polar Express.
In this story a young boy who wants to believe in Santa
boards a magical train that takes him on a midnight journey to the North Pole
for a Christmas Eve he will never forget.
I love the way that this story introduces
children to the concept of believing in the unseen-
which is a precursor to faith - a belief in things which are not seen, which are true.
The Conductor does this nicely when he says,
"...Sometimes seeing is believing, but sometimes times the most real things in this world are things we can't see."
The movie also rightly illustrates that
the first step to having faith is simply having a desire to believe.
When the boy's desire to believe penetrates his heart,
he is finally able to hear the bells on Santa's sleigh.
Does the bell still ring for you?
For our craft today:
I had hoped to spell out "believe" with the hole punch, just like in the movie,
but our hole punch wasn't long enough.
It was still a lot of fun, and we ended up with a cloud of paper punches flying through the air,
just like in the movie.
Scooping up a dustpan full of little gold, shimmering paper circles off of my kitchen floor
(intermingled with our usual crumbs) was so delightful.
It really put a smile on my face today...as well as on my kids' faces.
We also made "jingles", as Scarlett calls them.
And, of course, ours rang loud and clear.
In this house: We Believe.