It’s Time to Share Your Tree

I love Christmas. And I love decorating.
Put them together?  
Oh, yes. 

We are trying to keep the focus on Christ this year. After all, we wouldn’t have the day without Him. It’s a struggle though.

But I like to weave The Savior throughout all of our traditions and even decorations.  
I asked my kids, “Why do we light up our tree?” They waited… “Because Jesus is the light of the season. And the Wisemen followed a light…and”
Call me corny, but I try.
We have a couple of family traditions: We read the Christmas story from The Bible (something my hubby did as a child) and we open a gift on Christmas Eve (something I did as a child). We also give each of our kids a special new ornament every year.
What are some traditions your family shares?
My tree:
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{HomeSpun Christmas Gifts from Kids}

My kids are getting into the Christmas spirit.  They are at an age where they understand it’s not just about the getting.
They are finding that the giving is good too.
Idea #1 Personalized Recipe Towel (written and drawn by kids)
I found the most fabulous idea for one of their Grandma’s who loves cooking (and she’s without internet, so I’m free to share).
And since my kids love to eat her delicious recipes, I thought this was perfect:

A kitchen towel with one of her recipes (from my kid’s perspective)!

Art Projects for Kids I found this idea at Wonder Time. You can read their version (with instructions) here.
After my kids wrote their hilarious version of Nanny’s Gravy and Cinnamon Bread, I scanned their artwork and printed it onto iron-on transfer from a craft store.
I have to say my first attempt was an utter DIY failure. I couldn’t find a print shop to make the transfers (per the  Wonder Time instructions) , so I decided to make my own transfers. I went thru an entire package before reading the instructions because I’m smart like that.  But after another visit to the store, I had better luck. 
The transfers worked like a charm (just don’t forget to reverse the image before printing).

I bought flour sack cloths in the kitchen towel section of Wal Mart. These are just large cotton white hand towels (5 towels for $4.50).  They worked really well.
I put two recipes on each kitchen towel.

I used Stitch Witchery and ironed festive ribbon around the bottom of the towel.

And I can’t wait to se my mother-in-law’s face when she reads them!

Idea #2 Personalized Paper Weight
I saw this cute idea in the December issue of GooberPatch magazine and thought it would make a perfect gift for Dad or a teacher.
And it’s easy enough for my kids to do all by themselves!
Grab a glass ashtray, photos, and stickers.
Glue the photos behind the glass, add stickers to personalize and that’s it!
Join Kimba for a fun Holiday Open House!

Big Enough is Still Little

You are old enough to say my name.
You are big enough to climb in my lap.
You are strong enough to pull my heart strings.
You are wild enough to attract attention from strangers.
You are sweet enough that I don’t care about the attention.
You are my baby. 
You are two years old today.
But you are still not allowed to wear my mascara.

Happy Birthday, baby.

A Worthy Cause

Most of you have heard of The Mother Letter Project, an amazing Christmas present from a husband to a wife.

It’s not my hubby.
Although he’s sweet enough to do it.
My birthday and anniversary are this week and he’s been sneaking around the house, making hushed phone calls and bank withdrawals.
If you haven’t heard of this project, you must go check it out and write a letter.  And while your there, please read this post.  
The unknown hubby has a big heart for missions. And he encourages you to give. I do too.
He contacted me and asked if he could add The Persecuted Church to the list.
Um, yes.
Because y’all know how I feel about these people:
So, go visit
And give.
Even if it’s just a dollar.  It’s a dollar. It will make a difference.
Remember the greatest gift of Christmas was given to us.
Let’s give to others.