A week of preparations...  

We usually put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. But this year I decided we would do it a bit early. On Sunday we put our tree up and decorated our home for Christmas. I know some would say that we are losing Thanksgiving in all the hub bub of Christmas decorating. But for me it is all related...Christ's birth is the most important thing I have to be thankful for! We had a fun time decorating, then enjoyed some summer sausage, cheese and crackers for dinner. My 2 year old daughter really had fun this year decorating the tree. I don't think she remembers much from last year, so it was fun to watch her have so much fun.

My 5 year old son had a lot of fun too. Of course, they kept taking ornaments off and moving them around ;). They took great pride in decorating the tree "just right".

My same 5 year old son has been totally taken with the nativity scene. He keeps rearranging the animals, the shepherds, the wise men, Mary and Joseph, and baby Jesus. He wants to have his own play nativity set so he can play with them more (I kind of had to limit his "touching" of the figures as they are glass). It has provided some great opportunities to talk with him about Jesus and why He came.

Another fun thing we did this week was cut out paper snowflakes to hang on our big picture window. The kids love them and they look so pretty. Here are a couple pictures of our snowflakes from last year...

You can download these snowflakes here:

Go to these web pages to print out and make some beautiful paper snowflakes! These are so pretty and so easy to make! Do a bunch for your tree and to hang in the window! Once you have cut them out, press between two sheets of paper with an iron on the LOW setting. Beautiful!!!

Today we spent cleaning up the house and doing some baking for our Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow. It has been a fun week as we prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Blessings to each of you as you enjoy these special times with your families!

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  • Sweetpeas  
    November 26, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    A couple years ago (when my girls were 3, I think) my aunt gave them a plastic "veggie tales" nativity. I have to admit, I was less than thrilled, it certainly didn't (and doesn't) fit our normal criteria for toys (avoid plastic, a few lasting things, etc). It was packed up w/ the Christmas stuff & I forgot about it. The following year, as we unpacked the Christmas stuff, the girls pounced on that nativity set, they had to stop in the midst of decorating to play with it & played with it for endless hours during the season. And again this year, we've just started to get out the Christmas stuff, but I did pull out the nativity set & already it's been played with several times. I highly recommend a kid-proof nativity set (though if I were choosing it would be a wood set not plastic veggie tales LOL)!

  • Evy  
    November 27, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    I bought my grandchildren one made of cloth and got it at Body and Soul. They love it. It had a bag with it and they could play with it. Love your ideas!

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