Keeping the Magic in the Christmas Season

As of June 17 2015 according to the Christmas clock there are only 190 days till Christmas.....

Don't wait till the last minute.

Watch for sales and pick up gifts early.

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When Christmas time approaches it would be easy to let the commercial side of this time of the year, swallow up your joy, engulf the moments of wonder, and sweep away the essence of love that surrounds this holiday.

There are too many distractors that are not about the goodness of this time of the year. The aisles and aisles of ornaments, trees. tinsel, garland, wrapping paper, ribbon, and toys, toys, toys. Not to mention, every other THING that glares at us as we stroll down the aisles of often-frequented stores.

We have a choice. We can become another Scrooge with our grumbling and muttering and sputtering. We can even put on the cloak of the Grinch who tried to keep Christmas from coming.

Or, we can find a way to bring back the Magic...bring back the joy and leave the commercialism out of our homes.

To me, one of the most glorious parts of this time of the year is enchanting our little ones with unexpected delightful activities or happenings that cause a shower of magic fairy dust to settle over the home, bringing a sense of wonder and magic to their home.


I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin.

— Winston Spear

Ways to Bring on the Magic

Three ways to bring the magic to your home are shored in this article.

Many others have been shared with you at:

thttp://pstraubie48.hubpages.com/hub/30-Activities-for-Family-and-Friends-This-Christmas

You can also find decorating ideas on the cheap at:

http://pstraubie48.hubpages.com/hub/Christmas-Decorations-on-a-Budget

The first of the two ways to find some magic is:

to make snowmen on glass doors or windows of your home, simply and inexpensively.

A second way is to 'grow' some candy canes.

A third way is to have a little toy have some fun in 'snow' at your home. Some of these suggestions had their origin on Pinterest...and then were tweaked to work for those carrying them out.

Materials for snowpeople

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Snowpeople ...materials needed

To make snowmen on your sliding glass doors or on windows in your home you need::

  • orange foam
  • stickers .....colorful ones to glam up the scarf*
  • scrapbook paper/other craft paper
  • stickers...use the same or different ones for the scarf of Ms. Snowperson
  • scissors

* you can also use any kind of sticker that strikes your fancy

Snowpeople...how to

To create Ms. Frosty and Mr. Frosty ....

Using black foam:

  • cut out circles for the buttons that go down the front of each
  • cut out eyes for each

Using orange foam

  • design a 'carrot' nose as shown

For the scarf:

For Mr. Frosty...

using a piece of scrapbook paper or other paper you deem suitable...

arrange an assortment of stickers on the paper to make a decorative scarf.

Do the same for Ms. Frosty...if you wish...or use other stickers if desired.


You can of course make this your own by changing up the buttons and scarves. You can even ask your little ones for input on this activity.

Then you will arrange these on your windows or glass doors using craft glue or other easily removable adhesive.


Mail your packages early so that the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.

— Johnny Carson

When Christmas comes...

Snowperson has arrived!!

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Mr. and Ms. Snowpeeps

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Growing Candy canes step 1

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Grow some candy canes....materials

You will need:

  • red and white Tic Tacs
  • granulated sugar to fill clear container
  • clear container
  • candy canes ...small or regular size
  • one very large candy cane

Process:

Plant tic tacs in the ''snow' ground'

Allow to germinate and grow..

over night the tops of candy canes will ope up out of the snow .

After a day or two the will emerge even more

And

One very large one will form as well.


What fun little ones have as they see them 'growing' and turning into possibly their favorite candy treat of the holiday.

Of course you can discuss that this is a fun planting activity that is pretend. You can actually plant some seeds that will really grow in soil if you have ot done this already or if you want your child to see that happening at this time.

Grow candy canes 2

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Lookie, lookie....

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Fun with Snow...getting prepared

What you need:

  • paper
  • scissors
  • a plastic snowflake that can be turned off and on (optional)
  • string, ribbon, or fishing line
  • faux snow to sprinkle on surface for making snow angels
  • a toy doll or action figure

Let it snow.....

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Fun with snow...what to do

  • Make snowflakes
  • Them from above using ribbon or stirng
  • Hang the plastic snowflake too

Then, sprinkle faux snow on a table top and lay the action figure or doll in it; raise and lower arms to create the 'wing' pattern that making snow angels makes in real snow


Dip the little feet in the 'snow' and have the little toy walk on some part of your furniture


Little eyes will sparkle the next morning at this magic that came to their house.

Where did those little tracks of snow come from???

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Making Snow Angels is Fun

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Smiles will arrive with the MAGIC

Just in case you might be wondering...these little bits of fun bring an abundance of fun and joy to the little ones who have the opportunity to experience them.

Yes, they do take a little planning, a little expense but very little as much of what you need is right at home, and a heart that is brimming with fun and joy.

Have fun with these.

Can you find some magic ??

It is easy to become cynical and grumpy...it is. And many of us have reason to do so.


It is equally as easy to see the silver lining that is waiting behind those proverbial clouds...

Find some magic for your family this year...bring it into your heart and into your home as you try for at least a time to let go of that which makes you find the world we live in a less than perfect place.

There will be more than enough time to revisit all of those issues once each ornament is nestled back in its spot and the new year arrives.

Have a lovely and blessed Christmas season this year.



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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks

tobusiness

Thankfully the little one keeps it special for us. this year is an extra special Christmas for us.

Angels are on the way to you once again ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Mary

the 'growing'candy canes is still my favorite from last year. But my daughter has a whole bunch of new things that begin tomorrow.

What fun

Hoping you have a most lovely Thanksgiving day tomorrow.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Rebecca We had so much fun with our Christmas activities with the baby. He is four now so does not let me call him baby...too much. This year we have new and more fun things to do. He really has fun with it.

I hope all is good with you and yours.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Great fun for all the family. Wonderful hub, we do seem to have lost the magic, I love the idea of claiming Christmas back from the commercial giants. Have a lovely Thanksgiving.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

Hi, you had me going for a minute on how to "grow" candy canes! I read it better, so I understood!

What a delightful Hub. I miss not having little ones around for Christmas. My children and I would make lots of handmade ornaments.

Voted up, etc. and shared. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas, too!


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What fun for the kiddies! Christmas is so much more fun when we create magical times for the kids with ideas like these. Merry Christmas, PS!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

How sweet of you Nellie

It is such a special Christmas this year. The baby is enjoying all of the fun and exciting things he is experiencing. It really does keep the magic alive.

So nice to see you...thank you so much for visiting.

Angels are on the way to you and yours ps


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Not only a very 'uppy' magical hub, but a very pretty one, too! Thank you!!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Awwww DDE You are so sweet. It is indeed a special time and this year is especially significant for our family so we are trying to make it spectacular.

Thank you for visiting..it is always nice to see you.

Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi Marie

I hope you find a way to make it Christmas a lovely day this year. Personally I wish we would have keep the feelings and love and MAGIC alive all year long.

Many Angels are on the way to you this morning.


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Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

I'll be the one responsible for Christmas magic this year. My daughter and son-in-law with whom I reside do not celebrate it at all. It's not going to be easy.

The most magical aspect of Christmas is the feeling of warmth and sharing, not the gifts, as you have so aptly expressed.

I personally love going house-to-house singing Christmas carols, but so few people do this.

I have asked my daughter to take me to a mass at the Immaculate Conception, the official basilica here in Jacksonville. So, that, at least, is in the works (hopefully).

Thank you for sharing. --Blessings!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Keeping the Magic in the Christmas Season is such a thoughtful hub A special of the year and should be enjoyed with every one special family and friends or with someone who needs warmth and happiness. A time for joy and laughter it shows the the true meaning of life. You have created a perfect hub for this season. Happy Holidays!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi Connie

O, I wish I had known her....watching the baby this year is the best...he love loves all of the surprises and special sights and sounds

Thank you for visiting...it is always so nice to see you.

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

You and my Mom would have had a grand old time together! She was always inventing ways to keep Christmas magical and fun. You have lucky children in your home for sure!

I absolutely love 'Polar Express'! It is one of my very favorite Christmas movies. May you have a beautiful and awesome holiday season my friend ;) Pearl


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victoria1800 3 years ago from Whitechapel UK

Wow! I love the snowmen on the windows, and the candy canes. I will certainly be doing these activities with my Son this year. Thank you for sharing these enjoyable activities.

Great hub! :-)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi Faith

I do hope all is well with you and yours...I know your grandbabies will have a lovely Christmas with you and your husband. It is just the grandeset fun to watch their little eyes light up with surprises.

I cannot take the credit for these at all...my daughter has been the one who brings the magic on....I am just the 'reporter.'

Thank you sweet friend for stopping by...Angels are on the way to you and yours in this most blessed time of the year ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

hi Faith

I do hope all is well with you and yours...I know your grandbabies will have a lovely Christmas with you and your husband. It is just the grandeset fun to watch their little eyes light up with surprises.

I cannot take the credit for these at all...my daughter has been the one who brings the magic on....I am just the 'reporter.'

Thank you sweet friend for stopping by...Angels are on the way to you and yours in this most blessed time of the year ps


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Wow, dear PS, what a wonderful and delightful hub filled with many joyful things to do with children. Christmas just does not seem the same when there are no small children around, at least to me. They are always so joyful and full of wonder of the season. After my two children were grown, before our grands arrived, I told my husband that it just did not feel like Christmas without any little ones around. Alas, I have been blessed with my grands! I will certainly try these wonderful activities this Christmas which are sure to bring much delight. You always have some of the best ideas for crafts and fun!

Up and more and sharing

Merry Christmas dear PS to you and yours,

Faith Reaper


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, drbj....the little ones need to be a part of the fun..and involved in as much of the activity as possible; it takes a little longer to get things done but the memories are priceless.

I thank you my friend for stopping by..I am always glad to see you

Know that Angels are winging their way to you ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi bill

So nice of you to stop by.....

This year is truly a special Christmas .....so we are having so much fun, bill. We are trying to squeeze every bit of the joy and excitement out of this lovely time of the year.

Hoping and wishing lots of lovely things for you and your family too..

The Angels are once again winging their way to you ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi bill

So nice of you to stop by.....

This year is truly a special Christmas .....so we are having so much fun, bill. We are trying to squeeze every bit of the joy and excitement out of this lovely time of the year.

Hoping and wishing lots of lovely things for you and your family too..

The Angels are once again winging their way to you ps


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Great ideas to share the planning and the fun with the kids. Often we are so busy we forget to include them in our preparations. Hope your day is sunny.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Cool activities....loved the Polar Express video....visions of sugar plums are dancing in my head as this is my favorite season of the year. Thank you PS; a wonderful job of raising the bar of Christmas spirit.

hugs and blessings coming by Fed Ex today :)

bill

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