Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Simple Christmas

This Christmas finds us practicing for the church Christmas program and getting ready to go out of town for a few days before the holiday. So...we're keeping things simple around here this year. We're enjoying our regular traditions...

-Trimming the tree - Kurt always sets up a musical train underneath, which the kids love!

-Nighttime drives to see Christmas lights. There's nothing sweeter than those shouts of glee from the backseat, as they point out all of the different decorations to Kurt and me.

-Playing with our child-friendly nativity - we have a plastic one and a wooden one, and both get much handling. :)

-Reading lots of wonderful Christmas stories together, including a sweet little advent calendar book that tells a little bit of the Christmas story each day.

-On Christmas Eve we'll bake a Happy Birthday Jesus Cake to be eaten the next day, attend our church's Christmas Eve candlelight service, and return home to do a little Nativity play for Daddy, Grandma, and Granddaddy - complete with bedsheet costumes, stuffed animal props, dialogue, and music - very fun!

Some new things we've done/will do this year...

-One day I got out the tempera paints, some butcher paper, and some stamped paint rollers and let the kids make homemade Christmas paper. It was really quite easy, and believe it or not, minimal mess and cleanup. The kids really enjoyed it, and especially liked the fact that their creations were going to be used to wrap gifts.

-Since we are studying Medieval Times we will be attempting a gingerbread castle after we return home from our trip - feel free to wish me luck with that!

I also wanted to share our units and activities from Christmases past. These links will take you to some of our favorite traditions such as Christmas books, ornaments to make, a recipe or two, and pictures of the annual Christmas play we do at home for Grandma and Granddaddy on Christmas Eve.

Around the Manger Unit

Christmas Symbols Unit

Other Christmas Posts

Hope you're enjoying the making of some special memories with your children this Christmas season!


  1. Thanks for including this post on the Mentoring Moments blog carnival!

    We love our Christmas train...such fun!

    I'm going to try your butcher paper/paint idea for making wrapping paper. I'm sure my younger boys would really enjoy that.

    We're attempting Gingerbread Castles this year, too...I bought some "haunted house" gingerbread kits after Halloween, 75% off. I think with the Christmas colors and candy they will look like Medieval Christmas castles. I hope so anyway!

  2. Love your simple Christmas traditions. Also enjoying poking around your blog and will certainly be visiting again!

  3. It sounds like you are having a GREAT time. I love all your traditions. We especially love reading all of our traditional Christmas stories.

    I'm also stopping by to let you know that I have a new blog home. You can now find me at www.inthesparrowsnest.com!

    Blessings for your Christmas!

  4. "So...we're keeping things simple around here this year."

    That is often our goal, but rarely does it seem simple. There is all the normal stuff to do, like housework, with all the extra Christmas stuff. Still it is a great time of year.

    I hope you have a good Christmas.


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