Archive for December, 2015

Fun Ornament Crafts Your Kids Will Love

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Creating ornaments is an activity that kids love to take part in. They really enjoy feeling involved with decorating the house and tree for Christmas. Ornaments can be easy to make and look great too! Find out how to make fun and easy, craft ornaments that will personalize your family’s Christmas tree.

Icicles can be made with metallic pipe cleaners and beads. Silver or blue metallic pipe cleaners work best. The color of the pipe cleaner is important for the ornament to look like a sparkling icicle.

You can use whatever type of beads you like, as long as they have a hole big enough to allow the pipe cleaner through. Let your kids select the beads they want to use and slide them onto the pipe cleaner. Make sure they leave some space between the beads, to ensure that the pipe cleaner can be malleable. Once the beads have been applied, wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil. Then remove and slightly pull either end to stretch the icicle out. This will create a spiral icicle ornament that will shine and sparkle once it is hung on the Christmas tree.

 The string lights will make the metallic pipe cleaner sparkle! You can simply curl the top of the icicle to hook over the tree branch. No hooks required! Your kids will love hanging their icicle ornaments just as much as they liked making them!

Ribbon tree ornaments are super easy. First let your child select a small straight stick that they would like as the trunk of the tree. Next you will need various types of ribbon. Let your kids decide which ribbon they want to use. . Cut the ribbons for your children. Next allow your child to tie the ribbon onto the branch. Make sure they tie it into a simple knot. If your child does not know how to tie a knot yet, help them with this part. This activity is a great way to learn and experiment with patterns. Once they have applied all the ribbon to the branch, trim the ribbon down and cut at an angle so the ribbon will be tapered from shorter to longer, creating a tree shape!

Giving for Christmas

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Christmas is almost here and what better way to celebrate the season than to spend time with your family doing something different, something that will teach your kids the important lessons of the season. We all get swept up in the mayhem that is the holidays but it is important to take a step back and remember the real meaning of this special time of year.

 

While you are about to receive a multitude of gifts as families all share presents on Christmas morning, think about those less fortunate than your family. You’ll have to make room for the new things you’re about to receive anyway, so why not go through your closet, have your children go through their toys, and look around in your kitchen. Find items that you no longer use anymore, and gather them together to donate to your local Good Will or equivalent. This not only teaches your child the importance of kindness, but also gives them a tangible accomplishment to look back on down the road and remember how good it felt to give what they don’t need to someone who might need it more.

 

Another way to share with your children the spirit of Christmas is to create fun activities they can work on with you. They could make collages, poems, stories or songs that demonstrate the things they are most thankful for in their lives. Encourage them to include what makes the holiday so special to them and try coaxing out the more important things, such as thankfulness and giving. Then have them show them off to you and your family. This positive reinforcement will show them the importance of what they’ve created and given thanks for.

 

This time of year there are many out there less fortunate, who cannot afford food and will likely go hungry on Christmas without the help of others. Try finding a soup shelter in your area, or a church or charity that collects food baskets for those who cannot afford to feed their families. Doing this with your child will show them how Christmas isn’t just about getting presents on Christmas morning. It will also show them the importance of giving back to others.

 

These are just a few ways to share the important social lessons that can be lost amidst the glitz and glamour of Christmas. It’s easy to forget what the holiday is really about when your busy decorating your house and gathering presents for your family. Showing your kids what the holiday season is really about is the best gift you can give them.

Fun Christmas Traditions for You and Your Spouse

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Christmas time can come and go as a blur, if we don’t slow down to enjoy it with the people that matter most. It is so easy to make Christmas about your children, letting the holiday go by without making it special as a couple. Start traditions that are enjoyable and simple for you and your spouse to enjoy after the kids are asleep.

Watch your favorite Christmas movies together. One night watch your favorite and the next night watch his. This activity will get you in the mood for Christmas decorating. You two can snuggle on the sofa together and even plan a special holiday snack for the event.

Decorate the tree together! Let’s face it ladies, putting the tree up and stringing the lights is the hardest task. Get your spouse involved. He will feel like strong and masculine while he is helping. After the tree is up, have fun placing memorable ornaments on the tree. Talk about past Christmases and hopes for this year’s holiday!

Each year buy each other a special Christmas ornament that represents the receiver’s personality. Shopping for the perfect ornament is fun and builds a special memory you can share for years to come together.

Sip on a holiday cocktail with your honey. You can decide which drinks to try this year. If you like beer, there are plenty of seasonal holiday brews to try. There are an array of Christmas inspired cocktails that you can make at home. Search on line for mixes you can make with your favorite liquor or liqueur.

Do themed stockings each year. Decide with your spouse on the special theme each year. This is a fun way to shop for your significant other. It is also really exciting seeing what your partner selected for you!

Snuggle by a fire and sip hot cocoa after you have set the presents under the tree. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can still sip yummy cocoa. This is a great way to unwind with your partner. Maybe this is the intimate time to exchange gifts; while it is just the two of you.