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Creative Ideas and Family Fun - Entries written by Betsy Corning
Keeping Our Savior, Jesus Christ in Christmas
Looking for a fun, yet meaningful Christmas activity to do when the entire family gathers this Christmas? So was I, until I called my creative friend, Brenda to pick her brain. She had just planned the activities for the staff Christmas party at their church and told me of this activity that I plan to do with my family.
She bought lots of inexpensive play-dough, or you can make your own. (Every mother needs a great play-dough recipe. Click HERE if you don’t have one. This comes from our very own Nancy McDonaugh, and I have used it for years with my grands!)
For their party they separated into teams and drew a different component or person of the Nativity. It made for a great time of creativity and laughter. After they finished, they each added their piece to the Nativity scene upon a cardboard platform. No instructions were given as to scale. I heard from more than one attendee that it was amazing how everyone lingered over the scene.
Our thanks to Trisha Martinez who sent us some photos of their personal Nativity and to Diana C. Kim who took the photos. And of course, to Brenda, who is a great resource of ideas to elevate the celebration of Christmas in keeping with its true meaning.
May you and your family appreciate the true meaning of Jesus’ birth as you celebrate this special time of year with your loved ones.
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Laundry, Laundry, Laundry!
Every family has it. Some of us like to let it pile high throughout the week before tackling it all in one or two days. Some of us prefer to wash smaller loads each day. And some of us like to just close our eyes tightly and wish for the Laundry Fairy to come and take it all away!
In our home, each of my three children was assigned a specific colored laundry basket and hangers. They all knew to bring their baskets of dirty laundry and empty hangers to the laundry room every Sunday night. For at least the following day, (all of my close friends knew Monday was my laundry day!) I would wash all the clothing and iron whatever pieces needed some extra attention.
I would then place the clean clothing back in the kid's bins and on their color-coded hangers. This allowed us to keep similar pieces of clothing with their owners and in turn helped eliminate possible confusion and squabbles!
After returning home from school on Tuesday, the children could pick up their color-coded bins and hangers of freshly-washed clothing from the laundry room. Then it was their responsibility to return clean clothing to their drawers and closets.
During each of my children's senior year of high school, I taught them to do their OWN laundry. After that, it was their turn to enjoy this weekly task!
We'd love to hear your ideas about staying on top of your laundry. Use the link below to share your tips!
Tea Party with Dad
Mom was out for a few hours and Dad was in charge. Maria, age two and a half, was playing with one of her favorite toys, her tea set. Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news while cute little Maria brought him a tiny tea cup filled with water. After several "cups of tea" and lots of praise for such yummy tea, Mom came home.
Dad said to her, “Honey, wait right here and watch what Maria is doing. It’s the cutest thing!” Mom waited and sure enough, Maria came down the hall with another cup of tea for Daddy and she watched him playfully drink it all up.
Then Mom said, “Sweetheart, did it ever occur to you that the only place that Maria can reach to get water is the toilet?” Mothers know!
Have you ever thought of an invention that you think the world must have?
My daughter and her husband think that their idea of "dinner pants" are a household necessity. Adam and Emily have four children eight and under. They have mentally invented "dinner pants" that would velcro the seats of their children to their chairs to prevent sliding off and the usual fidgeting, not to mention half the dinner on the floor!
Their children understand this concept, so when Mom and Dad say to put on your dinner pants, that means to sit properly in your chair while eating.
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