Christmas Countdown Ideas: Characteristics of Jesus

*This post was originally published on my blog back in 2008. While not exactly a countdown to Christmas or an advent calendar, I really really love the meaning behind this activity. Christmas IS Christ and what better way to spend December than learning about the characteristics of Jesus, our Savior. I am also not too thrilled with the way the wreath part of this looks, I wanted to cover it with something but my son said he likes the way it looks…it reminds him of something from Super Mario…so I left it alone. Each stick has the day of the…

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Christmas Countdown Ideas: Punchable Homemade Advent Calendar

I simply LOVE this homemade countdown calendar! You can fill the cups with a list of Advent items (see below) or chocolate or other trinkets. Each day your child can punch through the cup to reveal what is waiting inside. I made this for my son when he was 7 years old and it was the perfect countdown calendar for him…full of ninja moves, sweets, and Jesus…what more could you ask for? I am pretty sure he would still go nuts for it now, but at age 13, with the skills of a 3rd degree black belt, I wonder if he would end…

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Christmas Countdown Ideas: Christmas Cookie Countdown

This is a fun and yummy way to count down the days until Christmas. Kids of all ages, even TEENS, will love this countdown. You can start on any day in December, depending on how long you want your “string of cookies” to be. Step One: Tear off a very long sheet of plastic wrap and stretch it out over your longest counter top or table. Position your cookies in a row about 2 inches apart from each other. Step Two: Starting at the MIDDLE, twist the plastic wrap between the cookies. You must start twisting somewhere in the middle…

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Ohio State Buckeyes Christmas Tree

As I am writing this, Christmas is only 44 days away. I get really giddy over the whole month of December. Cold crisp air, holiday decorations, Christmas music, winter smells, crock pots full of soup, and dark evenings just make me so happy. You know how some people love summer and hate winter. I am a member of the (supposedly) 5% of people in America who despise summer and crave wintertime. I already have most of my shopping done, Christmas countdown blocks are out, several of the nutcrackers are already out, and I am eagerly waiting snow. With all of my might,…

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Tea Time With DIY Mugs

Did you guys see my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy mugs that I shared last week? I am not a coffee drinker. I just don’t like the taste of it. But tea, on the other hand, I adore it. I could drink it all day long. My favorite mug has been in my possession for 12 years now. It is an over-sized Winnie the Pooh and friends mug. Oh, lookie…I just Googled it and found one on Ebay. Maybe I should buy it, just in case mine ever breaks. I have a ton of plain white mugs in a box in my…

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Star Wars O-H-I-O

I made this for my husband. Even if you do not live in Ohio, I am sure you are a Buckeye fan, right? Who isn’t a Buckeye fan? And since you are obviously a Buckeye fan, you probably know all about our famous O-H-I-O cheer.  Even President Obama knows the cheer! While I positively, absolutely love my state…I just sort of like Star Wars.  I am way more of a Star Trek fan. However, since I live with two die-hard Star Wars fans, it is everywhere. My living room is home to these 3-feet tall things.  I was tired of…

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