I LOVE holidays! They are a perfect excuse to break out of the norm, do something a little crazy and indulge in great (usually too much) food! Holidays are also ideal for someone like me that works way better under deadlines and pressure; I day dream about incorporating silly-ness into our lives with practical ways to teach my kids about a God that loves them, but as the days slip by in busy routines of school, work, sports, showers, chores, meals, bedtimes, etc., I let a lot of missed opportunities go by. But the deadline of a holiday usually makes me get my act in gear. Because as busy tired moms it is often hard to get ideas implemented into our families I thought I would share some ideas here occasionally on my blog…it makes no sense for others to do the “work” again;O)
This year I realized that I really do not know a whole heck of a lot about why Cinco De Mayo is celebrated…what I found from quick research is this: it is to celebrate Mexican freedom. Mexico won the Battle of Puebla against the French, although it was not a major battle it still offered great symbolism of victory and hope to the Mexican government and people for freedom.
So here’s my plan: eat yummy Mexican food, make 2 crafts with the kids & share some verses on freedom with them.
Craft 1: I found this on Pinterest: making maracas out of an Easter Egg, 2 plastic spoons, duct tape and some kernels of corn. (An easy craft to do since we have yet to get the plastic eggs into storage from Easter!)
Craft 2: I did this with the kids that I used to babysit for: Make pinatas out of paper lunch sacks, let the kids paint and decorate to their hearts delight then fill with goodies and let them whack the heck out of them.
Then while making crafts we can talk about the following verses that show how we live in spiritual freedom and how the enemy wants to enslave & entrap us in many ways…ask kids to brainstorm ways, like jealousy, heart ache, lying, sickness, greed, temptations, etc…But every time we take a stand and live in God’s will, even if it is a “small” victory, it is something to celebrate just as Mexico celebrates their “small victory.”
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
John 8:32-36 (paraphrased for the kiddos) and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
Galatians 5:1 Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.
With this next verse we can brainstorm DIFFERENT ways to celebrate our freedom in Christ~~unfortunately creating a joyful noise is not an option for our family as some of the members take after me and are completely musically tone-deaf. I also hope I can tolerate the “joyful” noise coming from their maracas. Not loosing my patience will probably be my “small victory” that I celebrate in at the end of the day with a margarita.
Psalm 98:4 KJV Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.