This year I decided to give the children free choice as to how to decorate their Christmas cards. I provided them with stickers and bits and pieces to stick on.
As inserts to the card, Nathanael made some Christmas wordles. Wordle generates “word clouds” from text that you type in.We shrunk them to size and printed them off.
The children wrote their Christmas messages onto plain white stickers which will be stuck into the cards. I have found this to be an effective method in preventing young children making mistakes and spoiling a card!
Today the children spent some time drawing and painting in watercolours onto the front of blank Christmas cards. We got photos up on the iPad of robins, one of our favourite birds. They tried their best to copy exactly what they saw.
Whilst out shopping, the children spotted gingerbread Christmas tree decorations made from felt. We decided to have a go at making them ourselves. We drew around our gingerbread man cutter with a marker pen onto some brown felt and then cut out the shapes.
Each child chose their buttons and beads and sewed them on.
The shapes were stitched around in running stitch, stuffed with wadding and a loop of gold ribbon sewed into them.
My 5 and 6 year olds really enjoyed this activity and sewed them all by themselves, apart from needing a little help rethreading needles, and it took them about 20 minutes in total. Because the decorations are only about 15cm tall we are planning to pop them in as small gifts with some of our Christmas cards.
Over the month of December, I am endeavouring to do a post a day on a Christmas art and craft project we have completed. To start this blog series, we have made some Bible verses to decorate the house and to focus our minds upon the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
I got the idea from here and here are the instructions as to how we did it.
Today Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving Day. Whilst it isn't generally celebrated in the UK, it is always important for us to take time to give thanks and teach our children to be grateful for all that we have. One of our favourite memory verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
Every year on Thanksgiving day we make Thank you God books.
The children have to think of the same number of things to be thankful for as their age.
Nathanael's 6 things
Tabitha's 5 things
Paper and crayons
Abigail's 3 things
Miriam's 2 things
So here are my 29 things that I am thankful for...
The love of God, his mercy, grace and forgiveness.
Jesus my Saviour.
My beloved husband.
4. My 5 children. I am very blessed.
5. My mum.
6. The freedom we have in England...to have a Bible in our own language,
7. to home educate our children,
8. to preach the gospel in the streets,
9. hold church services in public and
10. not suffer persecution for our faith.
11. Hymns and hearing my children sing them.
12. Listening to my children laugh.
13. Hearing my children pray.
14. Church family.
14. Extended family.
16. Our car.
17. More than enough food to eat.
18. Baking cakes.
19. Lattes and chocolate treats.
20. Our washing machine and tumble drier.
21. Buying second hand! Charity shops and car boot sales.
22. Our health.
23. Abigail's heart. We found out this year that Abigail has got a congenital heart defect called Double Aortic Arch and will probably require surgery in the near future. We are very thankful that it was not as serious as it could have been.
24. The NHS.
25. The beauty of God's creation and being able to share it together as a family.