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Christmas Inspiration 2007

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Our family has been using these book by Arnold Ytreeide. It is my best recommendation for families. We make our own advent wreath with clippings from local Christmas tree lots and add the candles from the dollar store or the previous year’s after Christmas sales. (More on that later) 

http://www.jothamsjourney.com/ 

Every night after dinner the kids take turns lighting the candle and I read the chapter for that day. My darling husband reads the bible lesson then we pray and tuck them in. It is a wonderful tradition when we snuggle on the couch wrapped in throw blankets under the glow of our Christmas tree lights. We have gone through all three books. they have cliff hanger endings which make it very hard to stop at a chapter. A great thing about these books is that the characters storyline in each book gives a glimpse of future and previous characters storylines and how they intertwine throughout the trilogy. I’m not sure yet what we will do this year. I will share it here. To learn more about these books visit

 Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent (Jotham's Journey Trilogy)Bartholomew's Passage : A Family Story for AdventTabitha's Travels: A Family Story for Advent (Jotham's Journey Trilogy)

Below are some links on making your own wreaths. I visit Christmas tree lots like Lowe’s or Home Depot and collect their tree clippings and any trunk cuts. Of course the  scent it brings in the home is wonderful since we have an artificial tree. Take a wire hanger reshape it into a circle and with the little wire ornament hooks start attaching branches until you are happy with it’s fullnes. I make one for our wall above the fireplace and one for our coffee table as our advent wreath. any $1 store candle holder and candles can be used, and it soesn’t have to be the traditional purple and pink, Match them to your own decor. I will post pictures as soon as I make my wreaths.

http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/adx/adwreath.html 

http://www.kencollins.com/question-10.htm

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JESSE TREE AND ORNAMENTS

Our family is going to make ornaments this year. As the years go by we buy more and more Christ-like ornaments. The best time to do it is after Christmas.  I enjoy the secular decorations but I want to bring more attention to Christ. Online stores and catalogs are a great source for inspiration. I am going to start simple by adding the names of Jesus to ornaments and wood cutouts. I will blog about it when it’s done. A great web site to learn about St. Nicholas as opposed to Santa Claus is http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=23 It’s chock full of activities, crafts decorations too. It’s always a treat to open our decoration boxes and find new items purchased the previous year. I have added some great links to get your creativity going. Share with your kids  and you’ll be surprised at how inspiring they can be and the great ideas they come up with.

http://www.jesse-tree.com/

http://www.rca.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?&pid=1628&srcid=1602

http://images.rca.org/docs/discipleship/jessepatterns.pdf

http://www.kingofpeace.org/advent/advent.htm

http://www.kencollins.com/question-10.htm

 http://www.bhg.com/bhg/

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I love decorating, setting a pretty table and creating gifts with my own hands. Following are some images that inspire me. Visit Better Homes and Gardens to learn more.

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I always have a vase with branches durin fall and winter. I fill them with pinecones too. How wonderful to use items from nature, freely provided by God. Hand your Christmas cards or your Jesse tree ornaments. Or better yet a family tree with mini $1 store picture frames.

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Drill a few holes ,add candles and lay out some pinecones and pine branches and voila awesome centerpiece. I usually put something like this on the porch but instead of drilling I get smaller trunk pieces of different hieghts and nestle them in between pine branches on a table. On top of each trunk piece I add a jar or small glass with a votive candle. Instant ambience. I love candles! Here’s another example

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Don’t throw away old scratched or chipped ornaments. Fill a glass bowl or vase with them mixed with beads, pine, or pincones. Get a pretty plate or platter put a large candle in the center and surround it with pinecones or the old ornaments. You can also add glitter, ribbons beads, etc to pretty them up and cover up flaws. See examples below:

 

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November 18, 2007 - Posted by | G-Force Academy

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