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December 2010 Advent – December 23rd – In Search for a Leg Lamp

Tonight we had a blast… everyone in the car in their PJs, a pillow, a blanket and the doggies and off to drive around our town in search for a LEG LAMP.

We had a few desires tonight.We wanted to see a house decorated entirely in white, we wanted to see a lit Nativity and we wanted to find a Leg Lamp.

We found everything that we wanted to see while singing Christmas Carols at the top of our lungs.

Take time with your kids to sing songs of the word of God. Observe the lights that represent the birth of our savior.

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.

December 2010 Advent – December 22nd – Make yourself another Nativity

I believe that you can never have too many Nativity Scenes up for Christmas time. I have started adding a new one every year to our “collection”. This year, I made one and was inspired by one I saw at my mom’s group, Vital Moms at the Height Church. I was sad to not know WHO made the one there to give proper credit to my MUSE. 🙂 (If it is you, let me know!!)

These are fun to make and do not take up a TON of time… although you can get lost in detail.

You will need:

  • 2 small clay or wooden pots,
  • 2 large wooden balls for the “heads”,
  • a clay or wooden plaque,
  • scrap felt in white and 2 other colors,
  • brown paint,
  • flesh paint
  • white paint,
  • raffia,
  • hot glue gun.
  • Optional: gold paint, crackle paint, black marker to draw on faces, fake snow paint, wooden star and staff.
  1. Paint the balls flesh and the pots a brown color(I also “crackled” the bodies with my crackle paint). Hot glue together. Add the colored scraps on to make clothing and ties with a piece of raffia each, Mary around her neck and Joseph around the head.
  2. Paint the disk white (or brown) and add the “people” to it.
  3. Create a “bunching” of raffia to make the hay manger and hot glue to the base.
  4. Swaddle the white cloth to make a “baby”. Glue to the hay manger.
  5. Optional: add texture snow around the base – This MUST dry overnight!!

Here is the sample that inspired me:

And here is my finished nativity:

Luke 2:8 – And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

December 2010 Advent – December 20th – Finish up your decorating

Because we wait until after El’s birthday on the 16th to do our inside decorating, it takes a while to get everything up.

We put up all of our Santa collection (My grandmother collected these before she passed away – our family ended up with a handful of that collection to add to for our own to put out every year in her memory), our angel tree and our nativity scenes that are in our living room (we have several of these also and add to them each year.)

Luke 2:11 – Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. —

December 2010 Advent – December 19th – Family Movie Night

I had my nephews come over to stay the night (Jen and Jason had a Christmas party to go to tonight).I LOVE having all 7 of the kids together.

We made caramel popcorn and watched Christmas movies – Tonight was my all-time favorite movie – A Christmas Story. I know every word!!

Larry has the magic touch too  – as Rowan instantly falls asleep after she climbs into his lap.

So take time to have a snuggle party and watch a FUN Christmas movie together as a family.

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. —

December 2010 Advent – December 18th – Visit a local Christmas Activity

Our Scout family put together an AWESOME display at the Home-town Christmas. Each of the Cubbies created ornaments for the tree.We cut out camping diecuts and glittered pine cones. We used rope as garland and even made a tree topper of pinecones (my mom got on a kick while helping us organize the ornaments and saw my pinecone Chrismas tree in the kids schoolroom)

Larry, Joan(our Tiger Leader), 4 boys (and one other parent) put up our display to be judged and we got 3rd place out of about 30 other trees!!! WOOHOO!! I am SO proud of those boys!

Luke 2:13 – Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, —

December 2010 Advent – December 15th – Beautify an existing decoration

Our move this last year was rough on some of  my decorations. I had several wreaths in a big bag and they got crushed. Larry told me to just throw them away and start fresh… I am SO glad that I didn’t.

I picked up a few $1 sets of flowers (poinsettias and some snow covered pine) at the craft store (LOVE 50% off days!!!) And my mom brought me over a bow that she made – She is SO tricky and makes the most BEAUTIFUL bows with her bow maker contraption.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Luke 1:69-71 He has raised up a horn[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—

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 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,