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December 2010 Advent – December 14th – Learn the Story of the Nativity

Nativity History

A manger scene is the primary decoration in most southern European, Central American, and South American nations. St. Francis of Assisi created the first living nativity in 1224 to help explain the birth of Jesus to his followers.

Over two thousand years ago a young woman by the name of Mary lived in the small town of Nazareth. Mary was to be married to a carpenter named Joseph. She was unaware of the significance of her life until one day an angel sent from God appeared before her. The angel Gabriel had good news for Mary. She had been chosen by God to have a special baby. The baby was to be God’s son and she would name him Jesus. Mary told Gabriel she would do whatever God asked.

Not long after the angel’s visit, Mary and Joseph were married. Together they made a long journey to Bethlehem where Mary was to have her baby. When they arrived in Bethlehem they did not have a place to stay because the inn there was full. The kind innkeeper told them he had a stable where the animals lived that they could stay in for the night. Jesus, God’s Son, was born that night. Mary wrapped baby Jesus in a small cloth and placed him in a manger of hay.

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, gathering their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel from God appeared before them in a bright light. They were afraid but the angel reassured them. He said he has brought them good news that will bring great joy to all people. He told them that the Son of God has been born today in the city of Bethlehem. The angel told them that they will recognize Him by this sign; he will be wrapped snugly in cloth, lying in a manger.

The shepherds hurried to go to see Baby Jesus. When they found him in the stable in Bethlehem, they were filled with great joy at the sight of God’s Son. They kneeled before the baby and worshipped him. After seeing the baby, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and that the angel appeared to them and told them that Jesus was God’s Son and to be Savior of the World.

The same night far away in the East, wise men were traveling on their camels when they noticed a very strange bright star in the sky. They knew that this star meant that the King of the Jews, the One who would save the world had been born.

During the time that Jesus was born, a very mean king by the name of Herod ruled the land. The three wise men decided to go to the king to learn where they could find this special baby: the King of the Jews. When King Herod heard this, he got very worried as he thought this new king might take his throne away. King Herod called a meeting with all of the other important people in the area and asked them to find this special child so that he too, could worship this special baby.

King Herod told the wise men to go and find this child. After they had spoken to the King, the wise men left to find the baby. They did not know where to find the baby, but at night they followed the star in the east. They followed the star until they found the very place the star hung over in Bethlehem. When they finally arrived, they were excited and happy. They found baby Jesus laying in Mary’s arms and they kneeled down and worshipped Him.

The wise men brought gifts for Jesus of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Mary thanked them for bringing the gifts for Jesus and the wise men left to find a place to sleep for the night. As they were sleeping, they each had the same dream . The wise men were warned by an angel not to go back to King Herod and tell him about where they found the Jesus as King Herod had intended on killing him.

The wise men returned to their country without going to see King Herod. Soon after, Joseph also had a dream where an angel told him to take Mary and the Baby Jesus to Egypt as King Herod was to order to have Jesus be killed. They left Bethlehem for Egypt immediately. When the wise men did not return to King Herod, he ordered that baby boys in Bethlehem be killed. They never found Jesus as he was safe.

The above article is copied in full from http://www.thehistoryofchristmas.com

Luke 1:78 – because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven

December 2010 Advent – December 13th – Homemade Egg Nog

There are a few sites that I REALLY LOVE to follow. One of my dearest friends, NicoleL shared this site with me: http://www.keeperofthehome.org. I saw that there was a homemade Egg Nog recipe on there…And it is SO GOOD!!!

Here is the recipe from KeeperOfTheHome.org – Photos are from her site too…

Incredibly Yummy Homemade Egg Nog

*Inspired by the Egg Nog recipe in the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook*

Makes about 10 small (4 oz) serving, or 5-6 larger servings.

6 beaten egg yolks (free range is best)

2 1/4 cups whole milk (raw, if available)

1/3 cup unrefined sugar, like Rapadura or Sucanat (I bet Coconut/Palm sugar would also work, though I haven’t tried it)

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup whipping cream (avoid ultra-pasteurized)

2 Tbsp unrefined sugar, or 1 Tbsp honey, or a few drops or maybe 1/2 packet of Stevia (just enough to add a touch of sweetness)

Ground nutmeg

(Note: You may want to begin the recipe the day before you want the egg nog- it’s an easy recipe, but does need time to chill properly)

1) In a medium pot, mix the egg yolks, milk and the 1/3 cup sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture just coats a metal spoon (see photo). Remove from heat. Place pot in a sink or bowl of ice water and stir for 2 minutes to cool mixture off a little. Stir in vanilla. Cover and chill for 4-24 hours.

egg-nog-spoon

2) When you’re ready to serve:

Beat the whipping cream and 2 Tbsp of sugar (or sugar alternative) until soft peaks form.

mixing-egg-nog

3) Transfer the chilled egg/milk/sugar mixture to a punch bowl. Fold in the whipped cream. Serve immediately. Sprinkle each serving with nutmeg. If you find it a little too thick or too sweet, simply stir in a bit of milk to thin it out.

You’ll never want to go back to the store bought variety again, and with lots of nourishing ingredients like eggs and raw milk, egg nog can actually be a legitimate once-in-a-while treat! Wondering about the whole issue of too many fats? See why my family liberally eats of good, whole fat foods, and yes, even saturated fats.

Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,

December 2010 Advent – December 12th – A little Pre-Present

Open a small present – These do NOT have to be big… I went to Walmart and picked up a VeggieTale Christmas DVD for $5.

My youngest son Berlyn Loves to get into the gifts… So this is a way to keep him out. – So far so good…

Luke 1:68 – “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.

December 2010 Advent – December 11th – Looking for Lights

Our family normally goes to the Saturday night service at the Heights Church in Prescott, AZ. Tonight as we drove up , our family “oohhhhed” and “aaahhhhhed” at all of the beautiful lights.

Take an evening out with the kids and drive through your neighborhood to see all of the beautiful lights.

Luke 1:45 – Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

December 2010 Advent – December 10th – Paper Nativity

I have been looking all over for fun activities to do with the kiddoes and I came across this post on   http://catholicicing.blogspot.com/ and on Tip Junkie. I was SO excited to see it. I had to share with you!!! A printable 3-D Nativity to make with toilet paper rolls.

I copied their entire post below. Have fun this weekend with your kids and make this. (you can also use paper towel rolls cut in half)

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I made a printable nativity set for kids, and the best part is, it’s free! 🙂

Materials Needed:

  • About 13 Toilet Paper Tubes*
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Crayons
  • Printed Coloring Sheets

Directions for Completing Nativity Craft:

  • Print the Coloring Pages (links below)
  • Color with crayons
  • Cut out as indicated on the sheets
  • Glue around toilet paper tubes with glue stick. For most, just glue the bottom even with the bottom of the toilet paper tube and let the heads hang off the top. A few of the weird ones have directions below.


When gluing the angel, let her wings flap free where you cut them at the dotted line, and then curl them out slightly with your finger.


When gluing the empty stable, just glue each edge to a toilet paper tube half way around.


When gluing the palm tree, let the leaves you cut on the dotted line flap free so they stand out.

That’s it! Now, here’s the free printable sheets to get started on your nativity! 🙂

Nativity Sheet 1 – Jesus in the manger and 2 camels

Nativity Sheet 2 – Mary and Joseph

Nativity Sheet 3 – Shepherd and a sheep

Nativity Sheet 4 – 2 Kings

Nativity Sheet 5 – 1 King and a Camel

Nativity Sheet 6 – Angel and a Donkey

Nativity Sheet 7 – A Sheep and a Palm Tree

Nativity Sheet 8 – Empty Stable

All printable coloring pages are my own artwork and are free for any not-for-profit use by individuals, families, or educational organizations. Copies may not be sold or reproduced for profit. If you’d like to post this project for others to find, I would ask that you link to my post and not my individual downloads. Thanks!

*If you don’t have 13 toilet paper tubes, try using tubes from paper towels or gift wrap! 🙂 You could also consider leaving out some of the pieces.

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Luke 1:49-50 – for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.

December 2010 Advent – December 9th – Make a gift for someone else today

Time to start (or finish) making gift for Christmas time. Shelby is working on gifts for people in her youth group and was going through my book of ideas when she came across these. So, I thought that I would post them.

Shrinky Dink Earrings
You will need the following

  • Shrinky Dink
  • your computer with a color prints (or you can rubber stamp images onto the shrinky dink),
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • needle nose pliers
  • earring fish hooks
  • (and your oven!!!)
  • clear spray paint (not necessary however, if the earrings get wet they might smudge without)

Yes, these are all things that I have at my house (remember I am an all-around crafter) but your can easily get them at Walmart or any craft store.

Directions

Draw, print or stamp your image. Cut them out (I did a circle on each of these so there would only be smooth edges). Punch a hole in the top and heat in the oven per the directions on your shrinky dink. Once done shrinking, spray with clear paint and add your fish hook. You have a FAST and FUN gift ready to give!!! ***TIP: watch your finger prints when cutting or it might smear!!***

Luke 1:46-47 – And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

December 2010 Advent – December 8th – Take time to play

Take time to play together today. We went outside to play in the leaves before we get more bad weather. It’s those memories that will last forever.  Celebrate the day together.

Luke 1:38 – “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

December 2010 Advent – December 7th – Make a Nativity Popsicle stick play

Happy Pearl Harbor Day! Remember our fallen soldiers today!!!

This was an item that I created LAST December and I wanted to share with all of my faithful readers again. Make sure that you follow our blog or enter your email address in at the upper right to get our blog delivered right to your email every post. 🙂

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I have created a cut out… You can glue these to Popsicle sticks and make a “play” for your kiddos. We have a new member of our homeschool family. A little boy (3rd grader) named Dylan is going to join us several days a week to do his lessons here at our home.  (This project is on our list for tomorrow!!)

Click HERE to Download FREE until Christmas!!!

UPDATED LINK as of 10/31/12

Password – swmazy123

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Luke 1:37 -For nothing is impossible with God.

December 2010 Advent – December 6th – Bake Something – Make Something

Tonight is one of the FINAL nights for my photo class. We were asked to make something to bring.
So I am thinking those REALLY YUMMY Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes that I featured from KevinandAmanda.com. Here is the post from those: http://scrapwarrior.com/blog/2010/10/06/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-cupcakes-yes/

Berlyn and I also made is favorite (or should I say that HE made them and I supervised)
We used one of our favorite Granola Bar recipes: http://scrapwarrior.com/blog/2010/11/11/granola-bars/

I have some GREAT recipes (that don’t use boxed mixes) all over this site. Have fun, get the kids involved and make something that they will LOVE!!!

Luke 1:33 -And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

December 2010 Advent – December 5th – Creating an Advent Calendar at home

There are so many things that are important to me – God, my family, my friends, my health, my happiness. When it comes to happiness, I always laugh at what other people deem in that category. To be rich does not make you happy.

Here are some FRUGAL ways to create your own advent calendar for the holidays.

For about $40 you can purchase one from a store like Costco or Target that you can use over and over and over again. We bought one about 5 years ago at Costco and it lasted until our move. One of the doors is off and I have to figure out a way to fix it.So we are doing the next best thing. We are making our own today.
T0 make your own Advent calendar, you are going to need the following:

  • about 18 sheets of scrapbook paper (I used 16 sheets of Christmas printed cardstock and 4 sheets of plain Bazzil that matched)
  • adhesive
  • cutter or scissors
  • To hang this you will need clothes pins, string and some of those 3M Command hooks that you can remove after the season is over.

I purchased a set of paper from my local craft store. It is a pack of 54 sheets of cardstock 12×12 patterned paper. I cut my patterned paper with my paper cutter into strips – 6 – 6×12, 22-4×12, 4 3×12 and 16 2×12 (these numbers can differ for your needs and you may have left over paper). I then glued a smaller strip on a larger one (see the photo)

Once you are done with the gluing on the patterned paper, it is time to fold. You are making a folded “card”. I actually made 2 folds on each card to have a closure. I used my score pal to score the cards, you do not need to use anything. I clipped together the cards, folded with clothes pins.

Once you have gotten each of the 24 cards folded,  you will need to cut out and glue numbers to the front of them. I am using my Cricut, but you can use rubber stamps or foam stamps and paint. I switched up the size of the font on them.

Next, you will want to add inside of them a daily activity or scripture. We have added BOTH. I used WackyTac to add removable notes so that I can use my advent next year as well.

GIVEAWAY!!! Add a comment for a chance to win a bottle of WackyTac removable adhesive (Drawing to be held on December 10, 2010) Tell me what you would use your WackyTac for.

Luke 1:32 -He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,