Christmas Ideas and Activities (Link Your Posts!)

I’ve been collecting ideas for the holidays, some homeschool-related, but mostly just good, old-fashioned Christmas fun. Here are a few really inspiring links. Maybe a few of them will even become traditions for us!:

J. D. Roth, at Get Rich Slowly, is sharing one of his own favorite Christmas traditions, The Cinnamon Bear. I’ve downloaded the mp3′s, and I’m ready with the hot chocolate so we can all listen after dinner! There’s one for every night of Advent (not religious, though)!

Making a Colored Pasta Garland with a Preschooler is lots of fun! We did it for my David’s 3rd Christmas, and I think we may just take a crack at it again this year. I know lots of people love an artfully decorated tree, but I like mine to look like the kids did it. Mostly because everything I do looks like a kid did it. I’m not skilled in the ways of making things beautiful. Not at all.

Besides the pasta garlands, Tara has a whole collection of Christmas Crafts for preschoolers. I’m going to be cribbing from her liberally this month. If you don’t read Feels Like Home, now is a good time to start. Tara is just wonderful.

Teach Mama has an Advent Activity Calendar (hurry and you can get caught up before Advent gets away from you!)

A Holy Experience is giving away a wonderful Advent devotional (this is the one we’re doing this year). This is a really well-done e-book/printable. Subscribe and download it!

Sandra, at People’s Family Online has another Advent activity calendar, and this one is really pretty. I have a thing for little boxes and containers. I may try that next year.

My own creation, which is not nearly as cool as I’d like it to be, but it’s mine and I love it. Those are just plain gift bags from Wal-Mart, glued to pretty ribbons and hung from a garland. I stuff each of the bags with little trinkets, candies, activities, and crafts. It’s a fun way to count down to Christmas, and the kids don’t know it’s not fancy.:

Gosh, I think this calls for a linky. Link up your Christmas ideas and activities, traditions and musings below!

 

Responses:

  1. I love the idea of that advent calendar. I may have to try that…should probably get on it :)

  2. Wow, this is a great line up of links! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I collect ideas from Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Parenting, etc.

    Here are some of my favorites. =) First, from Real Simple, I make Easy Candied Nuts: It’s just 2 cups of unsalted mixed raw nuts, 3/4 cups of sugar and 1/2 of salt. You heat the oven to 400′F, spread the nuts on a ungreased baking sheet and cook them for 6-8 min tossing once half way, then toss into a bowl. In a skillet combine the sugar and salt with 2tbls of water, simmer and swirl the pan occasionally (DO NOT STIR) until the liquid is amber colored 12-15min. Then stir in the nut until they’re nicely coated and spread them on a baking sheet separating them as much as possible. Let cool and then break them up and put them in a pretty bowl. BEST EVER. =D

    For cute candy stands you can take five or so candy canes and tie them with colored string and then put a cute sprig of holly on top. They’re cute little stands for the table, could even be name plates. I don’t have pictures. :( But I got this from Real Simple too. Also you can take clean used mittens and hang them along a mantle for a Christmas look. Also, ornaments with red ribbon hanging from a stairwell is really cute, you can wrap the garland around the handhold and then tie ornaments to drape off every six in to a ft. Tying cinnamon sticks with red ribbon and dangling those from a tree smells SO NICE. :) Also something different than candy canes. But you can tape those little peppermints from wrapper to wrapper in a long long line and have garland. =) I got that from Real Simple too I think. =/ Could have been Good Housekeeping… anyways…

    Sticks from the backyard tied with twine into stars are good ornaments that are cheap and crafty. =) And cookie cutters too.

    I did this one last year. You take a long glass vase and put a pretty stick in it with a few shiny gold or silver ornament balls and some bead garland. It’s really beautiful. I tossed in some pieces from our Christmas tree and it just lit up with color. That was my centerpiece. =) Holly would give it a pretty color too but I didn’t have any. I did do Pine cones also, and you can spray them with fake snow or sugar… pretty. That’s from Home Made Simple.

    Also if you make/give candies for Christmas or fudge you can tie the recipe with a nice ribbon and a little lock of holly on top of the box and it’s a perfect decoration. (Home Made Simple)

    Anyways… that’s some of the things I’ve collected and do each year.

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