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November/December 2022

{ special holiday edition }

Last year, we enjoyed putting together an extensive list favorite traditions and ways to enjoy the holiday season. (Check it out here - many of these ideas are still relevant so it's worth your time to scroll back through!) In this season of Advent that can tend to fill up so quickly, our hope is not to add to the clutter but rather to provide some refreshing ideas to help you savor this time of waiting and joyful expectation. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)

To EQUIP you as parents…

A bit of inspiration to"unhurry": If you're looking for some ideas of ways to slow down and feel less overwhelmed by how hurried these weeks leading up to Christmas often feel, check out this video from John Mark Comer. He shares both some inspirational thoughts about "unhurrying" as well as some practical ideas to try!


To ENRICH you in your walk with Christ...

Some pieces of media for Advent: In this season, there are many ways to be intentional about embracing the season of Advent. Here are some great resources to consider checking out - to read or listen, alone or with friends or family...

A bit of an opportunity to give: 'Tis the season for giving, the time of year when many of us experience the truth that "it is more blessed to give than to receive." If you are looking for a meaningful way to do your year-end giving, consider this amazing opportunity. By giving toward our World Vision Ignite program, you will be making a difference in the lives of our students as they continue to practice loving God and their neighbor while at the same time changing the lives of children and their community in Guatemala.


To help you ENGAGE with your kids...

Some pieces of Christmas-themed music: All of these recommendations come straight from members of the ACSD community. Special thanks to all who contributed your ideas. Hope these suggestions help to fill your homes and lives with joyful Christmas sounds!

Live music performances

Christmas concerts at BCS (Dec. 13, 7pm) and WCA (Dec. 16, 7pm)

Glen Rock Carolers on Christmas Eve

I Heard the Bells (first-ever theatrical release by Sight and Sound Films)

Recorded music recommendations

Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival" (Mr. Rappoldt's absolute favorite orchestral piece) Arthur Feidler Christmas Albums

Glen Rock Carolers

Trans-Siberian Orchestra ("Christmas in Sarajevo/Carol of the Bells" is one student's favorite)

Bing Crosby Christmas

Burl Ives Christmas

Come Home for Christmas (album) by Matthew West

O Come All You Unfaithful by Sovereign Grace Music

The Little Drummer Boy, especially the Bing Crosby and David Bowie's duet version

O Come, O Come Emmanuel (one teacher especially loves very traditional arrangements of this one)

Christmas Is Here by Danny Gokey

Mary did you know, by Michael English

A Christmas Story (Christmas album) Point of Grace

What Child is this, by, Building 429

Christmas Everyday, by Unspoken

Little Drummer Boy, by for KING & COUNTRY

Hallelujah by Carrie Underwood

Mary Did You Know?

O Holy Night by Celine Dion

One non-recommendation

One family made a point to share music to NOT listen to, saying "I avoid all songs from The Chipmunks Christmas Album. oooo just thinking about it brings chills down my back." :)

Other ways to enjoy music in this season

Musical at church featuring some of our students

Seeing The Nutcracker (some of our students will be dancing in it!)

Christmas caroling (one family will be caroling with their church youth group)

Listening to muisc on Sirius XM Radio

Singing carols at church


We hope these bits and pieces are a blessing to you as you continue to follow Jesus in your everyday life. Thanks for allowing us to share!

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