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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).
Lunch Box Love
Here is a great way to use up all those odd sizes of scrapbook paper you have left over from other projects. Not into scrapbooking? That's okay, you can also use wrapping paper or construction paper to wrap these special gifts. Then use various stamps or simply hand-write a message to glue on top before slipping it in their lunch boxes. These cute treats will get a smile on their face at lunch time!
Materials needed: Bite-sized candy bars, paper cut to fit the bar, tape and your creativity!
Fun and Easy Dessert Displays
Both of my daughters really enjoy baking. When my younger daughter, Stephanie, was pregnant last year her sister, Jennifer, created this dessert table for her baby shower. One of the displays is filled with mini-cupcakes held in place with long toothpicks. It ended up looking like a big bouquet of flowers. The other has chocolate-dipped marshmallows-on-a-stick decorated with sprinkles.
Not only were they pretty to look at, but it was so much fun choosing items from the decorative urns to eat. This is an easy project, especially if you prepare the urns ahead of time. And, you can use them over and over again for other dessert displays.
Items you will need:
Small to medium-size decorative urns
1 styrofoam ball, making sure the circumference is the size that fits the opening of the urn
Any type of moss sheets or loose moss
1. Prepare urn by making sure it is clean and dry (you will be displaying food items in these).
2. With heated glue gun run a bead of glue around the top inside circle of the urn.
3. Place styrofoam ball so that the glue is meeting all the edges of the ball, where half the ball is above the top of the urn. If the styrofoam ball is a bit small you may need to build up the interior space with supports to hold the ball in place, i.e., styrofoam bricks, lots of crumpled paper, stones, etc. This will help support the ball as it is drying. Remember, whatever you use as a support will need to stay in the urn. When the ball is securely in place, and the glue dry you may now begin the process of adding moss to cover the styrofoam ball.
4. To do this you will need to cover the styrofoam ball with more glue and start covering the ball with the moss. You may even use florist pins to secure the moss in place. Just make sure the pins are hidden under the moss. Let dry for several hours or overnight. These are now the perfect vessels to use on a dessert table for displaying mini cupcakes or chocolate-dipped marshmallows on long sticks.
2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 bag large marshmallows
Extra long wooden sticks
Graham cracker crumbs
1. Prepare marshmallows by pushing a wooden stick about three quarters of the way through each marshmallow. At the same time ready your toppings by placing them in dipping bowls.
2. Place chocolate and vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl (preferably glass) and cook on low for about one minute. Run a spoon through the chocolate to see if it is melting and add additional time until the chocolate is smooth and creamy.
3. Dip each marshmallow-on-a-stick in the melted chocolate and roll in the toppings of your choice. When done place on a cookie sheet and cool in the refrigerator for about ten minutes, or until the chocolate is set.
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