Advent-Day 4 2017

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Today I had the girls make Christmas cards for their friends and family. At first, Lane asked if I was serious, and then said it was a boring thing to do. But after I explained how good it would make people feel to receive a handmade card in the mail (and letting her know we were also GOING TO BREAK OUT THE GLITTER), she changed her tune a little. 😅

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You guys. They spent OVER AN HOUR making these cards. Over. An. Hour. That’s a huge win as far as activities go. At first they each picked 2-3 people they would make cards for, and then the list just kept on growing. It’s a miracle when I can get all 3 of them to agree on a single activity for any length of time. But more than an hour? It was honestly probably close to 2 hours by the time they were done. Did I sweep my floor an infinite amount of times? Yes. Is there still glitter plaguing my floor and kitchen table. Yes. But it was worth it (this time, at least 😂).

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Lane had me draw all of hers, and then she colored it in/added glue/piled on glitter. She’s convinced I’m a way better artist than I actually am. Those stick figures are about the best I can do. And they looked way less cute before she colored them. IMG_0599.JPG

There’s also this goofy dinosaur I just cannot stop laughing about. But that girl put so much thought into what she thought other people would like to receive. It was so much fun watching her work through who would like what and why.

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The other two girls did their own thing entirely, which I absolutely love. I helped with the glitter-but only because I had to draw the line somewhere. 🙂 Tomorrow, once all that glue has dried, we will stamp and address each picture for some lucky friends/family members. If we hadn’t needed to stop so we could eat and go to dance class, I think they would have kept right on at it. Rae actually has a couple that she wants to finish tomorrow (though they have been warned that the glitter is not coming out again for many, many moons). All in all, this project was such a huge success, they asked if they could do it again next year. I think we may have found a new tradition.

Advent Days 22-23

I always feel like the closer we get to Christmas the less hours we have each day. Why is that? Even when it’s a nice, relaxed day, I feel like a have fewer hours. I was telling Blake last night how when I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for Christmas morning, but now that I’m an adult, I almost don’t want for it to come. Because then Christmas time-the season-is over. Maybe that’s why it feels like I have less time. Either way, because I “had less time” I’m combining  a couple of days for you here.

For Day 22 we made the cinnamon ornaments from the She Reads Truth advent book. They were simple and fun to make! In the advent book they strung theirs to make a garland. For this year we opted to turn them into ornaments to add to some of our gifts. Wanna know how we made them?

Start with 2 cups of cinnamon and  2 cups of applesauce.

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Now combine them and mix them all together. It will form a nice, thick paste.

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Now sprinkle some cinnamon (not flour) on a sheet of wax paper and place another sheet of wax paper on top. Roll it out to about 1/4″ thickness.

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After a while we lost the top piece of wax paper.

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Choose your cookies cutters and cut away. If you want to make holes in them for string, now is the time to do so.

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Bake at 200* for 2 hours. Let set for 24 hours. Your kitchen will smell like wonderful cinnamon for a couple of days. 🙂

You can make more or less ornaments depending on what your preference is. Just use a 1:1 ratio of applesauce to cinnamon. We got 2 full cookie sheets of them with 2 cups of each.

 

For Day 23 we made Swedish Tea Rings.

Years ago a family friend had me over so she could teach me how her family makes them. It was such a fun day! Ever since then we’ve made them each year so we could eat them for breakfast on Christmas Eve. Because it is their family recipe, I won’t be sharing it here. But I will show you the pictures!

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Have a very merry Christmas Eve everyone!