The Great ADVENTure – Using Our Senses at Christmas

The Great ADVENTure – a collection of ideas for families to use during the Advent Season

Today’s theme:  Using our Senses

Pot Pourri

Today there are two days worth of activities all pertaining to our Senses.

Day one:  Smells for the Season

1 Corinthians 12:17-18 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.


Oranges and Cloves (idea from Julia’s musings)
   photo from Julia’s musings

Make a pomander ball (a ball made of perfumes) using Julia’s instructions.  Enjoy the wonderful aroma as it fills your kitchen!

Favorite Smells of the Season

What are you favorite smells of the holiday season?  Spend some time today trying to find those smells.  If it’s baked goods, bake some bread or go to a bakery.  If it’s pine trees, go to a Christmas tree lot or find a pine tree in a park.  if it’s fruit, eat an orange, or go to the farmer’s market.  If it’s spices, check out your spice shelf or go to a spice shop.  Whatever your favorite smells are, seek them out today and smelly them deeply.  Enjoy smelling!  And spend some time being thankful for the sense of smell.  then, create a journal with pictures of your “smelling’ fiesta!

Story time

Read, An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco

A story set during the Great Depression about a large family’s Christmas traditions.

Then pick the activities your child would like best over at Homeschool Share.  It is filled with great experiential teachings related to the powerful true story.   Maybe you could make fruit kabobs or do a smelling test or any of the other fun ideas.

Also, check out Patricia Polacco’s site on this book found here.

Day two:  Tastes of the Season

Psalm 34:8  Taste and see that the Lord is good;  blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.


Gratitude buns (idea from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam)

Gratitude rolls by www.beautyandbedlam Gratitude Rolls: Special Food Tradition photo from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Who doesn’t love rolls and then to put wonderful words that say what your family is grateful for inside, makes this delicious and joyful in multiple ways.  Check out how she made them over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

Make gingerbread houses

We love to make gingerbread houses every year.  I never buy a kit.  It’s all about creating.  We use recycled milk cartons, graham crackers, and sweet treats to adorn our house.  Here is our post all about this particular house and other gingerbread house ideas.

Family Discussion

What’s your favorite taste of the season?  What is your memory from this taste?  Have you tasted it this year?  Maybe it is your family’s Christmas cookie you make each year.  Maybe it’s a drink; warm cider or hot chocolate with a fun topping.  Whatever it is, dive in and savor the taste!

Come back tomorrow for more of The Great ADVENTure!

Tomorrow’s theme:  Colors

Missed a post, check out our Christmas Pinterest board.

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