Monday, 8 December 2014

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Have Fun Sleeping on "Pretence Hay" on the Floor for Christmas


Baby Jesus came into the world, and the world did not want him. Rejected by all, they could not find a place for him to stay, and he was born not by any midwives, but in humiliation in a stable among the farm animals. God in all His riches and wisdom, did not intervene to provide a kingly birth for His Son, Jesus Christ. God humbled himself in humility, setting for us an example... albeit I must admit for myself, an example that is hard to follow.

We imagine what it must be like for Mary and Joseph, tired from the journey, no bed to sleep on, and giving birth in a stable. So we give up our beds and sleep on the floor each Christmas.

You can make "pretence hay" from shredded used paper or used magazine and surround the sleeping area with a border of shredded paper hay. You can let your kids cut those papers. It would be fun and great for fine motor skills training. The good thing about shredded paper "hay" is that they are clean and easier to clean up, than real hay.

As you sleep on "pretence hay" and relive the scene of the night at Bethlehem, it is a good chance include Christian education by reading the story of Jesus birth to your child again. It will certainly leave a deep impression in his mind on the birth of Jesus. This has been very exciting for Joshie and he was very receptive to the story. He asked to read one biblical story after any other. Then we prayed, and our Little FECS retreated by himself under the blanket to pray silently on his own. He told me that he prayed to God that mommy, daddy and him will all go to heaven together. Then he prayed for daddy, that he would have the faith to believe. I held it close to my heart. Thank God for this Christmas.

Don't worry if you could not manage to do this on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day itself. We forgot all about it and we only managed to do so on the 26th Dec. As you can see on the picture, we also did not manage to make the shredded paper hay as I only thought of this idea, when we were sleeping on the floor. We just simply pretended that the floor is laid with "hay" and we read a story on the birth of Jesus as we hit the "hay", and it was still great fun :-)

If you want to sleep on real hay, there are hotels in Switzerland, Austria and Germany offering. Here are a few links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/19/travel/19surfacing.html?_r=0

https://books.google.dk/books?id=6QtSAAAAQBAJ&pg=PT33&lpg=PT33&dq=hit+the+hay+hotels+in+Germany&source=bl&ots=SbDnrZ1LyG&sig=sYt8TkDMlIMEYATS2TnCxilM-6A&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FOydVJLzBuv4ywOajIH4AQ&ved=0CGAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=hit%20the%20hay%20hotels%20in%20Germany&f=false

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/sleeping-in-a-hay-bed.html

http://www.classic-play.com/traveling-with-kids-a-sleep-in-the-hay-in-switzerland/

http://jackandjilltravel.com/sleeping-on-straw-gimmelwald-switzerland/

https://www.google.dk/search?q=sleeping+on+hay+in+Switzerland&rlz=1C1ARAB_enDK497DK497&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=1019&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=yuydVNPiEcrOygOn7IHACw&ved=0CFsQsAQ

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2680456/Strawcastle-Now-sleep-straw-campsite-barn-Netherlands-horses-need-not-apply.html

http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2011/04/22/sleeping_around_nothing_frisky_about_this_roll_in_the_hay.html

http://www.reidsguides.com/destinations/europe/switzerland/planning/lodging/t_h_schlafimstroh.html

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