Christmas Tree of Literature

I think I am obsessed with making mini Christmas trees. And do you know how HARD it is for me to put these away every year! However, I know that if I left them out all year, not only would my friends and family think I was weird, but I am sure the trees would lose their appeal after a few months. Then Christmas wouldn’t hold the excitement of getting out the trees. My latest tree pays tribute to my love of books. These are actually quite easy to make since you don’t actually make the books, you just add your favorite…

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Christmas Countdown Ideas: Nativity Story

Nativity Story Countdown There are so many ways you can incorporate this countdown idea into your family. Basically you just need a nativity set, wrapping paper, and some form of printable (see below.) You can find nativity scenes on sale this time of year, and craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s often provide “40% off one item” coupons in their ads or on their websites. I was able to purchase this adorable 10-figure nativity set for only $5 at Hobby Lobby! What you will do is wrap each figure individually and place a number on it. The numbers correspond…

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Christmas Countdown Ideas: Candy Bar Countdown

1. Buy any bag of mini Hershey assorted candy bars. If you want to start on December 1st, you’ll need 25 candy bars for each child. 2. The labels you will need to create are 3″ in height by 1.38″ in width. Here is a link to mine if you would like to use them. The background is simply scrapbook paper that I scanned in. Then I used Photoshop to add the dates on top of the background. 3. Wrap each candy bar with a label and secure the back with a piece of tape. Be sure to space out…

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10 Unique Gifts for a Child Who Loves LEGO Minifigures

Kids love LEGO minifigures. Some kids that I know buy LEGO sets or books just for a coveted minifigure. With Christmas just around the corner, here are 10 helpful gifts to buy for a kid (or kid-at-heart) who is obsessed with minifigures. 1. Actual minifigures Older minifigures  The prices on minifigures greatly vary, but savvy shoppers can find great deals. It is definitely best to know exactly what you are looking for before you start shopping. If your child only wants minifigures from an older movie like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, your best bet is checking Ebay…

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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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