Every year I admit I do go overboard on decorating our Huge Fat Christmas tree. I love the decorating and everything has to be just so. After all, this is all for Christ. But this year, with all that has gone on around our family the last 6 mos, we had some unexpected arranging and rearranging to do in our house, so our Big Fat Christmas tree wont fit. Lol! :( That is ok tho. We got a smaller one and we planned an Old Fashion Christmas Celebration for our family. We will be decked out in a very special way this year. Sometimes it is good to throw in a twist here or there. Our kiddos are making memories to put on our tree and last a lifetime..
We will begin our kickoff to Thanksgiving by sharing a week of family fun time and expressing appreciation for each other. Baking goodies, Watching our favorite holiday family movies, did I mention baking goodies? :) We will also string some popcort, make our Christmas chain for our tree, and yes, our very own hand crafted holiday ornaments and tree topper. In this post, I will note all our resources and links for this special fun we are looking forward to. Once we are all through, I will make an other post and link the pictures of our fun. Until then, If you are looking for ideas to make your own ornaments and memories, here are loads of resources below:
Links loaded with ideas
Some Ideas We Are Looking At Doing
- http://birdycake.typepad.com/happy-birdycake/2011/01/borax-crystal-snowflakes.html (Science related)
Some other ideas we are looking at doing: (I found this on a blog, I will have to relook that url up, Im not sure atm where I found this. )
Set up a Nativity and make it a focus in your home. [We put ours front and center on the entry table in our home].
- Hide baby Jesus and “seek” Him Christmas morning before opening gifts. [I did this first thing this year. Here's how I found it half an hour later. Turns out Mary had a little Snowman.
(or) Gift wrap baby Jesus in your nativity and let this be your first unwrapped gift Christmas morning.
- Take a cue from the Magi and limit the gifts and reminding kids it’s not their birthday, it’s His.
- Have a daily family devotion that unwraps Christmas, here’s ours for this year. [This is perfect for families. It offers a verse for each day and a question or two that will hopefully lead to a meaningful discussion. You can get it for 30% off now with code SUPER30].
- Participate in Advent. Last year, we did the Jesse Tree Advent. And I love this Advent ebook for little hands.
- Light an Advent wreath each day leading up to Christmas.
- Have a birthday cake for Jesus or go all out and make it a birthday party! I love this Happy Birthday, Jesus! Celebration Kit. (Also 30% off with code: SUPER30)
- Watch DVDS like Why Do We Call It Christmas? that help you tell the real story of Christmas.
- Give your kids the gift of giving: Have them shop with purpose. This year we are giving our kids money to shop from the Compassion gift catalog.
- Or buy something that blesses twice and changes lives (Mercy Shop). Ahem.
- Don’t stress about things that really don’t matter this Season. I have been a Christmas hoarder in the past. Last year, I had two newlywed couples come and dig thru my decorations. I saved two boxes of things I value most and gave the rest away. It’s simple this year and I like it.
- Make the Nativity interactive with tools like What God Wants for Christmas. I’m really excited to try this out! It’s from the creators of Resurrection Eggs.
- Do something for someone else on Christmas Day. This will be our fifth year to visit the NICU (with treats) that saved our daughter’s life five Christmas’ ago.
- Talk with your kids about giving God a gift. What does He want from us?
- Hang a stocking for Christ. Fill it with notes just for Him.
- Invite someone to share Christmas dinner with your family. This is a goal for us this year.
- Shop for an impoverished child (Angel Tree). Our community group from church has adopted a family with five kids. We are so excited to shop for the kids and DELIVER a the gifts and a Christmas meal on Christmas Eve this year with our close friends!
- Don’t participate in the excessive commercialism. Enough said.
- Watch The Nativity Story together as a family. We started this tradition two years ago. I think this PG movie tells the greatest story ever told very well.
- Help your kids shop for their siblings.
- Talk about the symbols of Christmas.
- Be generous as a family at Christmas-baking, giving, doing.
- Hold a Yule log party: it’s an old European custom to bring in an enormous log on Christmas Eve and it in the fireplace (or fire pit) and say prayers. Today, Yule log cakes and eggnog are served. You can sing carols, read Scripture, tell stories, pray for the new year, and have good fellowship.
- Bake, make or buy a special gift for your Pastor. We did Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls year before last. What a gift!
- Cherish traditions with your family. Start a new one! Like the next one:
- When preparing your Christmas meal, set a literal place for Jesus, your honored guest.
- Attend church on Christmas Eve. This is a highlight for our family!
- Read Luke 2 together on Christmas Eve or morning. We’ve been doing this since before we had kids.
- Leave a Nativity out all year long. I did this last year and it was really special.