Colonial Christmas Unit Study…Making Hard Tack

Today in our Colonial Christmas Unit Study we first read from Romans 12:9-20.  What a great passage about hospitality and serving others!  This is what it says,

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 1Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord.On the contrary:
   “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
      if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
   In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

We had a GREAT discussion afterwards. I think I will be meditating on these passages some more myself in the next few days.

After our Scripture reading we read about life on a ship such as the Mayflower or the three ships that traveled to Jamestown.  Life was hard onboard.  It was cramped, dirty, and there weren’t many supplies. Sicknesses such as scurvy prevailed.  It was a wonder anyone survived the months at sea.  One of the foods onboard was “hard tack.” Simple biscuits that were made from water, flour, and salt.  We made these biscuits, and although not terrible, the kids saw that there texture was very hard, and eating them day after day would not be pleasant.  We also talked about the need for Vitamin C to prevent scurvy.  Then we learned and labeled some parts of a sailing ship.

Here is a picture of us eating our “hard tack.”

Next week we delve in the Pilgrims Christmas. I can’t wait, as these are my favorite people to learn about!

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