Winter Solstice | JOY for Today
Winter often denotes a season of waiting - waiting for the thaw so life can begin again. It's what we do in the waiting that's challenging. Whether you approach this winter with wonder or discontent, we're praying JOY finds you in it.
|December 21, 2022|
JOY for Today Offerings:
- Did You Know... Five we didn't.
- Wolfe Stew Connects To winter outlooks.
- Bible Verses and Quotes About winter.
- Activity Suggestions: Science Activities with Book Pairings, Would You Rather, and Family Challenge
- Japan gets more snow than most countries? Of the top ten snowiest destinations HGTV lists, five are in Japan. Niseko, Japan tops the list with an average annual snowfall of 50 feet. (Fact City, and HGTV)
- Russia experiences the coldest winters? Canada comes in second and Mongolia third. (Fact City)
- Humans undergo a type of hibernation? While we do not sleep through the winter, we do eat and sleep more because of the decreased daylight hours which increases our fat stores. (Fact City & Daily Mail)
- Reindeer can see in the dark because of winter conditions? Reindeer live in the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle undergoes a period of complete darkness during the winter months. An example of animal adaptation to complete darkness is the reindeer's ability to see in the dark. What's more, they locate each other in snowstorms by listening for the click-clack sound made by feet bones snapping over tendons as they walk. (Fact City and A to Z Animals)
- Snow can, and has, rolled itself? In 2018, residents of Ottawa, Canada witnessed a unique weather phenomenon akin to tumbleweeds made of snow. The wind pushed snow in such a way that it rolled into hollow cylinders. Other names for the rollers include "snow bales," "wind snowballs," and "snow donuts." Watch a video about them at National Geographic.
We'd Love to Know:
I see the work of your hands. Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance, oh God, all that You are is so overwhelming.And we delight ourselves in Him.
The Winter of Discontent appears as snowstorms of chaos across gloomy skies, barren landscapes in gray, annoying interruptions, countless hazards, chapped lips, bitter drinks, constant unforgiving cold, and isolation.
I believe that your season will come.
And we learn to wait on Him.
Which way is winter welcoming you this year, with wonder or discontent? Have you experienced both types of winter? Do you wonder how people could ever experience winter in the other way? Or does your view of winter change throughout the season? However your winter story unfolds this year, I hope you find God a central theme of it.
- "She is not worried about the cold or snow for her family, for she has clothed them all in warm, crimson coats." Proverbs 31:21 The Voice
- "God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things that we cannot comprehend. For He says to the snow, 'Come on the earth,' likewise to the gentle rain and to the heavy rain of His strength." Job 37:5-6 MEV
- "He blankets the earth in woolly snow, scattering frost like ashes over the land. He throws down hail like stones falling from a mountain. Can any withstand His wintry blast? But He dispatches His word, and the thaw begins; at His command, the spring winds blow, gently stirring the waters back to life." Psalm 147:16-18 The Voice
- "For as rain and snow can't go back once they've fallen, / but soak into the ground / And nourish the plants that grow, / providing seed to the farmer and bread for the hungry, / So it is when I declare something. / My word will go out and not return to Me empty, / But it will do what I wanted; / it will accomplish what I determined." Isaiah 55:10-11 The Voice
- "Come, let's talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool!" Isaiah 1:18 TLB
- "It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it." - John Burroughs
- "How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!" - Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." - Hal Borland
- "Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." - Victor Hugo
- "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home." - Edith Sitwell
We'd Love to Know:
Which verse or quote defines winter best for you?
Our Nephew's Suggestion:
Wear a jacket!While we're not sure how much this actually honors the first day of winter, we do think it is solid advice for those of us in cold weather.
Science of Winter
- All Grades Explain how daylight lengths change throughout the year with this Wolfe Stew manipulative.
- PreK-1st Grade: Read Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara and make frost in a can with 123 Homeschool for Me
- 2nd & 3rd Grade: Read The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer and complete this Winter Solstice comprehension worksheet offered by The Teacher Bag (email sign-up required).
- 4th to 6th Grade: Read The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth George Libbrecht and make a scientifically accurate six-sided paper plate snowflake with Teacher's Source.
"Would You Rather..." Questions
- It always snowed or always rained?
- Hibernate or migrate for the winter?
- Warm yourself by the fireplace or under a warm blanket?
We'd Love to Know:
Fighting the Good Fight with You,
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