Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Activities for Kids 2012

Last year, I attempted to make an origami Nativity Scene. In a nutshell, it didn't go
very well. So, I decided to look for more "artistically-friendly" projects for this year.

Here's a round-up of activities that really got me inspired. Click on the links for the
how-tos :)

Nativity Scenes

This DIY Nativity Scene by Marloes de Vries is one of the easiest projects around.
All you need to do is cut, fold then glue the images. How simple is that!

If you've got spare toilet paper tubes, Catholic Icing's Nativity Set is the project for you.

Christmas Calendars

Here's a cute Santa Calendar from Maestra Valentina. The kids can cut off the portion
of Santa's beard that corresponds to the date. You know it's Christmas when you've
reached Santa's nose!

This Santa Calendar from Busy Little Bugs is great for the little kids. They can put a
pompom ball or sticker on the dates leading up to Christmas.

This is one of those things on my wish list. Homemade by Jill's Advent Calendar
is one of those labor of love projects. It's all hand sewn. The tree ornaments stay
in the box and a new one is hung up each day.

Jesse / Christmas Trees

Tired and Need Sleep has a Jesse Tree 2012 printable: included are the readings,
prayers and ornaments needed for your Jesse Tree.

Here's another project for the little kids. This Felt Christmas Tree by Sol and Rachel
allows your little one to decorate and redecorate the tree.

Activity Packs

We'll be using some of the activities here for our homeschooling this December.
But kiddies who're on "traditional school" holiday break can join in on the fun!

Nativity and Winter Wonderland Packs by Over the Big Moon

It's beginning to feel like Christmas in our home. We've been listening to Christmas Songs
and finalizing Christmas plans.  All we need is our Christmas Tree. Yes, I'm still hopeful
that we'll get one this year.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Traditions 2012

If I had my way, the Christmas Tree would already be up. Unfortunately, we still haven't
had time to buy the tree. And with all the other stuff that needs to be bought (we have a
baby on the way), I have considered making our own Christmas Tree.

It's sad how many have become disillusioned with Christmas. For some, Christmas has
become one giant party gone overboard. One thing I've learned is that you don't have 
to do what everyone else is doing. Just do what makes sense.

The Gingerbread House
Every year, I look forward to Market Manila's Christmas posts. I must admit, Christmas
at Market Man's home is a bit grand for my current budget. But I can still dream right.
I love the decor, the tables, the menu, and all the little details that lovingly go into their
Christmas celebrations.

One thing unique about their family is that they make their own Gingerbread House.
They also create a few for select organizations to spread some Holiday Cheer.

The Advent Wreath
When I was younger, the Advent Wreath served as our family's reminder that Christmas
was just around the corner. We would gather as a family, sing "O Come, O Come,
Emanuelle", light the candles and say the prayers. This is one tradition that I just might
bring back this year. Church Year has a weekly guide that is easy to follow.

The Advent Activity Tree
Speaking of Advent, The Imagination Tree has this beautiful post on how their family
is celebrating Advent. The family does one activity daily together; all these leading up to
Christmas day.

The December Daily
The December Daily is Ali Edwards annual December scrapbooking project. It's a
great way to document the many activities that go on in your family in December.
You might want to read Ali's must read post on the simple things that make for nice
Christmas memories. The things we take for granted that can count too.

The Christmas Mini Album
I know, not all of us are ready for daily scrapbooking. Paper Vine has this How To
on creating a Paper Mini Album. This can be a special way to store your favorite
Christmas Photos.

Yes, having a Christmas Tree is tradition on both sides of the family. But it is just icing 
on the cake. In our family, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ. Come to
think of it, we don't need a tree to celebrate that.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Christmas Color Themes 2012

Christmas is just around the corner. Oooh, love it!

The last quarter of 2011 was a such big adjustment for the family that I didn't get
to properly prepare for last year's Christmas. This year, I'm planning ahead and
devoting the Fridays of November to Christmas Planning for 2012. There will be
a few areas that I'd like to touch on. I'm splitting things up into weekly projects
so that it's all more manageable. Do join me in the fun!

I'll start by sharing with you some Christmas decorating ideas that you can easily
do at home. I know, it's a lot easier to just go to the store, buy a tree then buy a
box of ornaments. However, putting in that little extra effort will help add character
and personality to your holiday decor.

Start by choosing a a color theme. If you dont have the time, nor patience nor
budget for things, this is the one idea that you should definitely do. Think of your
Christmas Color Theme as your base; the one unifying factor for your decorations.

Christmas Color Themes for 2012

1. Red and Gold
The red and gold color theme is such a classic. It's a very nostalgic color theme
for many. You can freshen up red and gold by choosing a few pieces and presenting
them in a different way.

Christmas Balls have traditionally been reserved to the Christmas Tree. Dabney spiced
things up by placing the balls in a bowl and using them as a table centerpiece. 

Fresh Poppy Design hand made these glitter balls and hung them up on the 
curtain rod. If you're the crafty type, this will be an easy peasy project for you.

33 Shades of Green used a few candles and transformed them into these fabulous mood

2. Blue and Silver
Blue and silver is the way to go if you want a classic Christmas Color Theme that's
sophisticated and crisp. Be warned that there are many shades of blue. The trick to
this theme is finding a shade that's perfect for you.

Wrapping empty boxes and placing them under the tree is an easy to replicate Christmas
decor "cheat". Maintaing the same festive shade of blue for the presents and balls makes
things nicely coordinated.

Why not use a blue and silver Christmas wreath to welcome guests into your home?
Make the Best of Things has a tutorial on how she created this one.

Inspiration for Home shows us how decorating the table for the holidays can be as simple
as adding a few ornaments and bows.

3. Tiffany Blue and Chocolate Brown
If I had my way, I'd have more pieces in chocolate brown; clothes, personal items
and Christmas decor. It's a shade of brown that's not easy to come by which makes
the color more dear to me. I know, blue and brown is a popular wedding color theme.
But it can make for an elegant Christmas Color Theme as well.

Coco + Kelly can show us a thing or two on how easy it is to execute a blue and
brown Christmas Color Theme. It's all in the details!

What's Christmas without dessert? You can definitely pick up a few dessert ideas
from A Dozen Eggs' dessert buffet.

Check out Better Homes and Garden's Christmas feature on holiday decorating in
Blue and Brown. Focus on one or two elements to keep it budget friendly.

H and I have yet to decide on the color theme we'll go with. I'll share pics of our
home when the decorations are up. How about you, which Christmas Color Theme
will you be using in your home this year?

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