IEE: New Traditions

We present a new edition of Ideological Education Essentials! (Otherwise known as 'Science' Education Essentials)

The Science Essentials series for the week immediately prior to Christmas was on the subject of “new traditions” relating to the season. The first post, New Traditions, was about how some traditions that we keep up can be stressful, and it can be better to just drop them in favour of less stressful ones. That’s all very well, but it doesn’t make for a very interesting series of posts.

The question at the end of the post for that week was: “I wonder, what traditions do you hold on to that may be stressful? Do you think you would be able to replace those traditions with the stillness of the season?

It got one (lengthy) response, which you can read there if you really want to.


The activities are combined, as often happens in these holiday weeks:

1)      Reading of the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2.

2)      Baking (sweets, of course!):Russian Tea Caketraditional Christmas sugar cookiesSouthern Pecan PiePumpkin Pie, and Peanut Butter Pinwheels.

3)      Giving gifts to those who need much more than we do: Samaritan’s PurseWorld Vision,CompassionGospel for AsiaSoles4SoulsAngel TreeFeed the Hunger, international and local missionaries, and so many local opportunities.

4)      Driving around to see the beautiful displays of Christmas lights! One of our all-time favorite places to visit when we can is the Bristol Motor Speedway – Speedway in Lights!

5)      Ice skating

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Last, of course, come the Discussion Starters, which ask:

Classroom Starters:
What is one thing we could do as a class to give back to our community throughout the school year?

Dinner Table Starters:
How could we show Christ’s love to those less fortunate than us throughout the year?

Has anybody else noticed the lack of a clear differentiation between ‘classroom’ and ‘dinner table’ starters these days?


Anyway, that’s it. This week is about ‘junk’, specifically Junk DNA, and as you would expect uses the recent That’s a Fact video on the subject. Stay tuned.

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    • Excellent! I have subscribed to your RSS feed (or a rss feed at least, which appears to work…) Am I allowed to embed them?

      I had forgotten that it was winter in the US…

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