December 21: Luke 2:8 – And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
So many times we get caught up in the race that we call Christmas. There are parties and events, we are constantly on the go, We are exhausted. I love to just sit still and be a family. Every once in a while, everyone is home ( not often with some of the kids working and driving!) We turn off the TV and just sit together as a family.
Last night we opened up a MUNCHPak– This is a box filled with international snacks that we receive monthly. We just have a good time, sitting around and being together – No place to go, nothing to do but being family!
December 19: Luke 2:9-10 – An angel of the 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. —
For those that do not know me, I am big on “making it myself.” I like my farm style, homemade decorations. And this includes my Christmas decorations. I was recently going through the Cricut online ideas to see what I wanted to make and saw some ornaments with old trucks on mason jar lids….. I didn’t want old trucks, so here is what I came up with.
I found a scrap of country Christmas fabric in my fabric stash. No, I am not a seamstress or a quilter (although I would love to learn)… I am a crafter only. And that is mostly paper crafts! But I do have a little bit of fabric. 🙂
I used my Cricut Explore to cut my iron-on. However, you can easily cut snowflakes and trees out of iron-on or even out of stickers and use scrapbook paper instead. 🙂 I used the white glitter iron-on (This was a scrap edge from another project. I only needed it 2-1/2 inches tall.
Here is what I used: (Remember to use what you have on hand first! 🙂 )
Mason Jar Lids (Older, used, clean ones are fine for this)
Scraps of fabric (or paper) to fit on top of lid flat
Luke 1:69-71 He has raised up ahorn[a] of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
Take a timeout to take a family photo. Every year, we take a photo for my wall and I have it printed on a canvas. I love to see how much my kids have grown from year to year.
Walgreens and Walmart are always having sales on their canvases to print your photos too. My preference is Walgreens. I have bought canvases, metal printing, ornaments, cards and mini scrapbooks through them in the past. GREAT GIFTS!
I just noticed that they have some coupons good through Dec 22, 2018 too!!!
BOGO Free Wall and Desk Calendars Must use code BOGO2019 to receive one Wall or Desk Calendar Free when you purchase 2 or more through Walgreens.com/photo online or the mobile app.
50% off Photo Books Must use code MEMORIES2018 to receive 50% off photo books through Walgreens.com/photo online or on Walgreens mobile app.
40% off Custom Floating Frames and Canvas Prints Must use code FALALAWALL to receive 40% off Custom Floating Frames and Canvas Prints through Walgreens.com/photo online or mobile app.
Luke 1:14 – He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,
I know that changing things up always makes me feel more in the spirit of things. Some years can be harder for some of us to decorate. It could be losing a loved one or even tight for cash.
We lined my online backdrop for my classroom with old wrapping paper (I know that I got it on sale because I never buy wrapping paper full price ever.) And then we created a banner with the words Merry Christmas cut out of paper. It was an easy “game-changer” in my classroom.
Luke 1:78 – because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
I am a firm believer that everyone needs to do something positive for themselves at some point. This could be a simple think like taking a bubble bath or getting your hair cut. Or cooking yourself your favorite meal (Extra points if your spouse cooks your favorite meal for you).
In our house this week we added a new family member. Meet Loki, our new Livestock Guardian Dog.