In Chapter 28 of the Book of Genesis Jacob left his family, as his mother, Rebecca, wanted because his brother, Esau, wanted to kill him. When it was dark and he could not travel any more he took some stones and put them under his head and went to sleep. He didn’t go look for a five star hotel, or even a cheap motel, he just used what was around him.
Discuss with your children:
Do we really need all of the things that we have?
- What could we do without?
- What are the bare necessities?
Why do people like staying at fancy hotels?
Why do people like camping?
Discuss what a luxury is.
- If you had to leave your house and were only allowed one suitcase what would you pack? Write down your list.
- The day after you make your list come back and see if you still agree.
- Make a list of things in your house that you know are a luxury.
- Research the history of pillows.
- If you were walking along, like Jacob, describe what you would look for when you picked a place to sleep.
- Make a flyer explaining the reasons why people should go camping.
- Write a brochure explaining how people can get by without luxuries.
- Explain why a luxury to one person may be a necessity to another.
- Pretend that you are Jacob and write an entry in your diary explaining how you felt about your lodgings for the night.