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2018 Advent, Day 23 – Christmas Eve Services

Luke 2:16, 21 – So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger… he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

We have had the honor to be a part of the Heights Christmas Eve (and Eve Eve) Services with our animals. This year was no exception. So, enjoy a few photos below and if you get a chance, stop by the Heights church for their amazing services tonight.

If you are not in the Prescott area, visit one of your local churches.

2018 Advent, Day 22 – Go Caroling

Luke 2:12 – This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. —

Since my children were little, Larry and I have been teaching our children about giving (year round) rather than receiving.

Tonight we hosted a Christmas caroling evening with some of our homeschool peeps. What a blast that we had, even if we couldn’t sing in key!

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 19, Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

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
  • Iron on design or stickers if using paper
  • Hot glue gun.
  • Jute or ribbon
  • iron if using iron on 
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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 17, Canvas Nativity

  • What you will need: 
  • 4×6 canvas (We picked ours up for 3 for $1 at a Dollar Tree!!
  • some metallic acrylic paint
  • a nativity pattern. ( I cut mine out on some extra removable vinyl left over from another project but you can use them out of paper and temporary tape them. 
  • a paper towel or sponge

I cut 3 different nativity scenes in a 3.75×5.75 size.

Then, we peeled and stuck the nativities to the canvases.

We added paint to the canvas and daubed it with a paper towel around the pattern.

Once completed, we let dry. 

Then, we peeled off the vinyl leaving a beautiful design. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 15, Decorate

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. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 13, Paint Swirled Clear Ornaments

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

This is a fun and expensive project for your little kids. I found clear plastic Christmas ornaments at the dollar store packaged 2 for $1 and I already had the paint. 

Open the top of the ornament and squirt in your paint (2 or 3 colors work best) Add a drop or 2 of water to thin out the paints slightly.  Add the ornament toppers back on and SHAKE. 

If your kids are very little you and tape the topper back on while they shake so they do not get paint all over their hands (Grayson did! 😉 ) My big kids even made one each!!

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 10, 4 gift Christmas

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.

We have started a tradition in our house… Christmas became so commercialized. And we fell into that habit years ago when Shelby and Griffen were little. Once we started adding kid after kid into the household, it began to look like monster of paper and toys vomited all over the floor and took over on Christmas morning.  Larry and I started looking into what others did, especially larger families.  We started this before Breckin, Trystan and Grayson were adopted. I love the feeling that we have with all of the kids, really focusing on what it means for Christmas for us. 

So, each child in our home receives 4 gifts – a WANT, a NEED,  a WEAR and a READ.  We made some tags to print up. (2 sets per sheet)   wantneedwearread-tags.pdf (170 downloads)

Gift #1: SOMETHING THEY WANT
Bible Verse: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

Gift #2: SOMETHING THEY NEED
Bible Verse: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Gift #3: SOMETHING TO WEAR
Bible Verse: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12

Gift #4: SOMETHING TO READ
Bible Verse: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 6, Nativity Color Sheet

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


krisandlarry-nativitycolorpage.pdf (77 downloads)

Every day, I try to take time out for me. …. Reading a book or magazine, writing a note to a friend or even coloring. (Yes, mamas can still color and this one does.

Here is a FREE download of a Nativity color page for you today. Enjoy the Day! 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 5, Pine Cone Ornaments

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,


 I love creating inexpensive (and free) projects with my crew. We gathered pine cone from Nana’s yard and took school glue and glitter powder and made a dozen new ornaments for our Christmas tree. 

These are very simple. You can paint or use any kind of glitter. We then hot glued twine to the top and added a bow.  And boy, do these sparkle once hung on the tree.