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Posted By Chalkbrd

Nativity Today is Christmas.  It is December 25th.  On Christmas Day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  In the Christian religion, Jesus Christ is God.  He came to earth as a human.  He came to show us God's love.

On Christmas we give gifts to others.  We go to church and sing Christmas carols.  A Christmas carol is a song that is about the birth of Jesus.

When Jesus was born, there was a bright star in the sky.  The bright star showed where Jesus was born.  Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  He was born in a stable in Bethlehem.  He wasn't born in a house.  He wasn't born in an inn.  He was born in a stable.  A stable is a house for animals.  There wasn't a crib for him.  A crib is a bed for babies.  His mother used a manger as a bed for him.  A manger is a box where they put animals' food.  It was a box with hay in it probably.

Shepherds, men who take care of sheep, came to see the baby.  Wise men came to see the baby.  They were from countries to the east of Israel.  They came to give the baby gifts.  They gave the baby gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

 

Can you answer these questions?

  1. What special day is today?
  2. What is the date?
  3. What do we celebrate on Christmas?
  4. Who is Jesus in the Christian religion?
  5. What did Jesus come to show us?
  6. What city was Jesus born in?
  7. Was Jesus born in an inn or in a stable?
  8. What is a box where they put animals' food?
  9. What are men called who take care of sheep?
  10. Who brought the baby Jesus gifts?

 


 
Posted By Chalkbrd

It is almost Christmas.  I have many things to do before Christmas.  I have presents to buy.  I have to wrap presents.  I have to go to the grocery store.  I have to make food.  I have lots of things to do before Monday.  (Christmas is on Sunday, but my family will celebrate it on Monday.)

Because there are many things I still have to do before Christmas, I have had to put other things on hold.  When you put something on hold, you put it off until something else is done.  I'm putting things on hold until Christmas is over.  This means I won't write on my blog until after Christmas.  I'm putting my blog on hold until after Christmas.  I will write more after Christmas.

I have one more present to buy.  I have to buy a present for my father.  I'm not sure what to get him.  He doesn't like big presents so I have to find a small present to get him.

I already have presents for the rest of my family.  I bought warm socks for my nieces and my sisters-in-law.  I bought lottery tickets for my nephews and my brothers.  I bought snowglobes for my great-nephews and great-nieces.

I made a calendar for my mother.  Each month of the year has a picture.  The picture is of the people with a birthday in that month.  I hope my mom is surprised.

Don't tell my family what I got them.  I don't want them to know.  I want them to be surprised.

 

Can you answer these questions?

  1. Is it Christmas already?
  2. What do I still have to buy?
  3. What do I still have to make?
  4. Why am I putting things on hold until after Christmas?
  5. Am I putting my blog on hold until after Christmas?
  6. How many presents do I still need to buy?
  7. Who is that present for?
  8. Who did I buy lottery tickets for?
  9. What did I make for my mother?
  10. Do I want my family to know what their presents are before Christmas?

 

 


 
Posted By Chalkbrd

Today my mom and I went Christmas shopping.  Christmas is December 25th.  It is a national holiday in the United States.  Most people do not have to work on Christmas.

On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  We celebrate Christmas by giving gifts to others.  Today my mom bought gifts for her great-grandchildren.  Her great-grandchildren are the children of her grandchildren.  She has 15 great-grandchildren.

Every year she buys her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren ornaments.  Ornaments are small statues we put on our Christmas trees.  We put them on our Christmas trees to decorate them.

We bought lots of ornaments to put on our Christmas trees.  My mom and I will wrap the ornaments.  We will put colored paper around them.  We will put bows on them.  The great-grandchildren will open the presents.  The great-grandchildren will hang the ornaments on the tree.

My mom bought other Christmas presents.  I can't tell you what the other presents are.  They are a secret.  They are a secret so they can be a surprise on Christmas.

 

Can you answer these questions?

  1. Who went Christmas shopping today?
  2. When is Christmas?
  3. What kind of a holiday is Christmas?
  4. How do we celebrate Christmas?
  5. Who did my mom buy gifts for?
  6. How many great-grandchildren does my mom have?
  7. How often does she buy her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren ornaments?
  8. What are ornaments?
  9. What will we wrap?
  10. Why can't I tell you about the other presents my mom bought?

 


 
Posted By Chalkbrd

You might have seen, "bandwidth limit exceeded" if you tried to listen to the audio files of this blog.  This means that I had a lot of traffic on my website.  My website has a limit on how many people can visit t.  On Tuesday, so many people visited my website that we hit the limit.

It should be fixed by Thursday, 12/8/11.  This blog shouldn't be affected, but the audio files will be affected.  Everything should be okay by Thursday.

 
Posted By Chalkbrd

November is National Novel Writing Month in the United States.  It is called NaNoWriMo for short because saying National Novel Writing Month takes too long to say.  Some people even call it NaNo.

NaNoWriMo is a challenge.  The challenge is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.  That means the writer has to write 1,667 words every day.  People who take this challenge are called WriMos.

This year I was a WriMo.  This was the fourth year I was a WriMo.  The first year, I started to write the novel, but didn't write much.  The second year, I wrote the whole 50,000 words.  When you write 50,000 words in 30 days, you "win."  You don't actually win much.  You win a certificate you can print out.  You win a badge you can put on your website.  But it gives you a sense of accomplishment, and it gives you a complete novel.  I won my second year and I won my third year.

This year, my fourth year, I didn't think I was going to be able to win.  I couldn't write much most of the month.  I was sick.  But the last week of the month, I wrote a lot of words.  I wrote a total of 50,050 words during November.  I won!

Now I have a new NaNo novel to edit.  Some day I hope it will be published.

 

Can you answer these questions?

  1. Which month is National Novel Writing Month?
  2. What does NaNoWriMo mean?
  3. What is a challenge?
  4. How many days can a WriMo take to write a 50,000-word novel?
  5. How many words does a WriMo have to write every day?
  6. Who was a WriMo this year?
  7. How many years have I been a WriMo?
  8. How many years have I won NaNoWriMo?
  9. What did I win for writing 50,000 words in 30 days?
  10. How many words did I write this year?