Thursday, January 5, 2012

preparing for Christmas

Yep still in catch up mode....

This year our little family worked very hard on a couple different occasions to make handmade gifts.

Here's a few pics of the "salt, water, flour dough" Christmas ornaments Kiara made for her family!

Kiara and daddy worked one day on making the dough, rolling it out and cutting it. Then we let them dry for a few days

We all took turns painting them

This was Kiara's corner of painting cardboard

Here they are finished! She did such a good job on them and everyone loved them

The weekend of Thanksgiving my mom, aunt Lisa and her husband Mike came to our house to make jars of Christmas treats to give as gifts.
It was actually our Christmas gift from my aunt. What a great blessing that we were able to spend time with them (they live in MN) and get a gift that we in turn could bless someone else with!

Another family night last month in preparation for Christmas we baked sugar cookies. Kiara and I had a blast staying up late to frost them!

Kiara's two favorite colors are pink and purple. So I thought it was appropriate to have purple snowflakes!     

As well as the homemade gifts and cookies we have been teaching Kiara the real reason we celebrate Christmas by doing our "The Story of Christmas" advent calender. I know she doesn't understand the full blessing of what our Lord and Saviour has done for us. However she does really enjoy getting to find that nights number, pulling out the mini book, listening as daddy or I read it to her and then her favorite part... putting it on the Christmas tree!

Sadly I didn't get a photo of the calender or our nativity scene this year but here is the first book we read on our count down to Jesus's birth.

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