2016 Advent Calendar: Day 13

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Luke 2:8-11

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’”

Day 13: Christmas Around The World – Bolivia

  • In Bolivia, Christmas is celebrated from Christmas Eve until Epiphany (6th January).
  • Most of the population of Bolivia is Catholic and many people go to a Midnight Mass service on Christmas Eve called the ‘Misa de Gallo’ (Mass of the rooster). At midnight people like to let off firecrackers!
  • Families often eat the main Christmas meal after the Misa de Gallo. The traditional meal is ‘picana’, a stew/soup made from chicken, beef (or lamb) and pork which is served with potatoes and corn. There might also be salads, roast pork (lechón) or roast beef, and lots of tropical fruit. After the meal, families might exchange presents, although present giving isn’t very common.
  • Some people exchange presents at Epiphany, remembering the Wise Men who brought presents to Jesus.
  • Nativity Scenes (‘pesebre’ meaning ‘stable’ or ‘nacimientos’ meaning ‘nativity scenes’) are quite common Christmas decorations in Bolivia. Churches often have large scenes outside them. The baby Jesus is put in the manger after the Misa de Gallo.

Build a Christmas Lego Maze

A Christmas Lego marble maze is easy to make. All you need is a base and different sized Lego bricks. You don’t need fancy or special bricks. Of course, you can make it festive by choosing Christmassy colours! Add a marble and you’re ready to go.

The best way to start is to build a frame around the outside of the base plate leaving two holes, one for the start and one for the finish. Use your marble to measure. There are loads of learning opportunities when you are building this Christmas marble maze – planning, engineering, testing, problem-solving and designing are all a part of the process.

We’d love to see your mazes!

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