Spark Student Motivation: Light of the World

Howdy, friends!
I'm so excited about today: I love Saturdays in December!
Today I will not be getting out of my pajamas. I plan to spend my time wrapping gifts, watching Christmas movies, and baking for the four Christmas parties we have this week! :)

That sure motivates this little teacher :)

and now I'm linking up an idea with my bud, Joanne, from "Head Over Heels for Teaching" - here's something that has motivated my students this week.

Because I teach at a Christian school, we don't emphasize Santa. I mean, we talk about him, he's in a wordsearch or a Christmas Test I'm giving my students (more on that later...), but we don't make too big of a deal about him. Plus I teach fifth graders, who are "in on the secret."

So in my classroom I do a balance of secular Christmas activities and ones that focus on the true reason for Christmas: the Savior of the world coming to Earth as a baby, to dwell with mankind and provide a way for reconciliation. 
Love this
The Magic Of Christmas... so true... which is why we are doing NO gifts this year... they've forgotten the true meaning so we're gonna remind em. :-)
To enhance our discussion, I asked my students about Christmas lights and why we use them.
tumblr_muow0sFPhZ1sfclluo1_500.jpg 500×750 pixels  This is cool... but I'm not sure where I could put it inside? Curtains kind of cover the edges of my windows... --JP
They are bright.
They are beautiful.
They dispel darkness.
Beautiful Christmas Lights
Just like Jesus.
Just like Christians are called to do.
Light of the World ideas
 So I gave the students a "light bulb" and had them brainstorm ideas of how they could be a "light" to the world:
 
Here's a bulletin board of all of our "lights"
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