Gather your glue, scissors, and recycled toilet rolls, it is time to make three cute Christmas carolers. The directions can be found at Sewsational site.
Carols have been played for centuries, and what they have in common is that the songs tell a story, or part of the story of Christ’s coming. One of the oldest, in a plainsong melody is “O Come, O Come Immanuel”. This is a favorite for many people, including my family. A long time ago, few people could read, so the stories of the bible were acted out in plays, or told through songs like the carols.
Or another craft you might like to do comes from a tradition that everyone likes, the Christmas cooky. Instead of making something to eat with them, some inexpensive or extra cooky cutters could become ornament decorations.
Loop twine or ribbon around the top of the cookie cutter
- Trace around the cooky cutter on cardstock, and on a pretty wrapping paper.
- Cut out, paste the patterned wrapping paper to the cardstock,
- then the cardstock to the back of the cooky cutter.
The exact instructions are found on the allyou site.
The shapes are often symbols of Christmas and remind us of important parts of the story.
Wilton Holiday 18 pc Metal Cookie Cutter Set
Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
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I have lots of fond memories of Christmas activities over the years. I wish I could do all of them every year, but some are firmly in the past, while other new ones occasionally emerge into our celebration.
One of my very favorite traditions, that my church no longer has, is the Christmas Eve candle light service. Perhaps that is why I love our Advent log so much, even though trying to have daily devotions during a busy holiday season is a challenge.
What is your favorite tradition? Is there something that draws your heart closer to God at this time? Are there portions of the Christmas story that have a particular message for you this year?
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.