Christmas Craft

Every year we have created a homemade Christmas ornament for our friends and family.  I thought I would share what we did this year in hopes you will enjoy it too.  It is simple, non messy(can I get a woot woot), country farmhouse inspired, and easy on the pocket book.  Here is what you’ll need:

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Twine- 1$ spot at Target / Glass ornaments, tiny jingle bells, gold wire S hooks- Craft Warehouse / Fresh clippings from your Christmas tree… or your neighbors if you have an artificial 🙂 .

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Gather your supplies and I’m sure you can figure out the rest! Have fun and create an adorable ornament to be enjoyed for years to come.  They are also very cute laying in a dish, bowl, or tray for a center piece or as a guest party-favor.

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Here it is all completed with that cute little piece of our tree inside.  I like that we will have a part of the tree to carry into next year too!  As a final touch we always add a tag with the year on it so we remember each creation in the years to come.

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This year’s ornament is definitely on of my very favorites.  Merry Christmas and happy crafting friends!

Gingerbread and Star Eyes

My mom, fondly called Nani, visited us recently and brought an edible Christmas surprise ‘craft’ to do with the kids.   img_8346

This is one of our traditions to do together as a family each year.  Nani jumped in on the fun with us this year too. And let me just say, those costco kits are incredible if you don’t have an architectural itch for the day.  The gingerbread is pre-made and the walls are already frosted in place. No, rather glued into place. Lots of hands on it, and that house was solid!  There was enough candy for the four kids to each have a small dish full and they could all design and taste test to their hearts content (wellll, to mommy’s hearts content rather)

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It’s always fun to make memories together during this time of year. Especially stary-eyed ones you can eat!

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Kids Advent Garland and Tree

The Christmas traditions are being prepared around here at The White Barn Farm.  I’ve spent the last couple nights getting this sweet little flocked tree’s garland filled with our 2016 December treats and adventures.  I found this burlap pocket garland at Craft Warehouse a couple years ago and every year since this is a favorite Christmas tradition.  Each pocket has a number corresponding to the date they can ‘open’ or take out the note that greets them inside.  With shrieks of excitement they find out what special event/treat awaits them for that day.  Honestly, they are still young enough that simple pleasures go a long way.  Oh to be young again!

Here are some of what our December adventures entail.  I hope this gives you some ideas of what to do with your family and/or friends in preparation for the greatest day to celebrate of the month… December 25th!

*Hot chocolate date with daddy

*Ice-Skating

*White Christmas Play at community High School

*Girls Date Night with Daddy -(they usually go to The Nutcracker)

*Cookie Baking Day

*Christmas Craft Day

*Look at Christmas lights in Leavenworth, Wa

*Special surprise once in your P.J’s (of which we will take kids out of bed and go see Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas treat late at night!)

*Check your stocking for a hidden treasure

*Go sledding

*Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach, WA

*Christmas Party- Dress up tonight!

*Read The Christmas Story

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Once I have the garland finished the kids get to decorate the tree. The ornaments, ribbon, nor picks are perfectly and precisely placed during these young years, but I don’t mind. There is so much joy in their gleaming eyes for them to have a chance to help and be apart of making memories.  It’s definitely worth all the ‘imperfections’ in decorating as we build traditions together, right?!  What are some of your traditions around this time of year? Do you have any similar advent traditions at your home too?  I’d love to hear and thanks for coming by!

Goodbye Pumpkins….

We are wrapping up our fall and about to enter into our Christmas winter wonderland. The Christmas music may have even slipped its way into our home from time to time already. What can I say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. So why not streeetchhhh out the wonder of it all. My mom, Christmas Queen, would be proud for sure.

With four children, all seven years and younger, there are still simple delights that make their hearts full. One way we tapped into such a delight this week was sending out our left-over pumpkins with some new pizzazz. All we needed was a pumpkin, paint, brushes, water dish, and imaginative children. Then, boda-bing-boda boom, let the creativity begin.

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If you have any pumpkins still sitting out on your porch, grab some paint or paper mache and have some fun with your littles!  The hour or more of entertainment is a nice way for you to get another load of laundry folded while they’re occupied (or at least laundry started! Let’s be honest, folding usually happens when they’re asleep around here).

Sometimes embracing ‘the mess’ of an artsy afternoon is a fantastic way to make memories and have some fun.  Not to mention the pumpkins sure look much cuter as I tossed them out today…..Yes, i did it discreetly.  So far no one has asked where their masterpiece is.   I’m sure the quick change into a Christmas wonderland that is about to happen around here will provide enough distraction. At least i sure hope so, lol!  What are some of your family’s ways to enjoy these last days of pumpkin-spice-and-everything nice?!

For the C-Macs it’s officially,

Goodbye pumpkins….hello Christmas!

And a very warm welcome to Thanksgiving in between.