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Keeping the Magic in the Christmas Season
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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:
You can also find decorating ideas on the cheap at:
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
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
* you can also use any kind of sticker that strikes your fancy
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!!
Mr. and Ms. Snowpeeps
Growing Candy canes step 1
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
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
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
Fun with Snow...getting prepared
What you need:
- 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.....
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???
Making Snow Angels is Fun
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.