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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Blessing of Little Girls and Christmas Tea

One of the important spiritual lessons we want our young ladies to learn is that of being hospitable and of serving others. So, besides having them help when we have families over for dinner, we also like to provide opportunities for them to learn to be the hostess - to participate more in the preparations as well as in the actually serving the goodies.

Enter Tea Parties.

And Christmas Teas are a lot of fun, though why we do extra at such an already busy time of the year sometimes escapes me. Probably because it's such a beautiful and festive time that I can't resist.

The idea for this centerpiece came from a similar thing my mom did years ago. The girls love it and think that both I and my mom are brilliant. (Oh, yeah!) The little teapot on top is an ornament I'd gotten at Miss Molly's Tea Room.

Crescent roll Christmas tree with cream cheese, maple syrup, cinnamon topping and fruit decorations.

Ice cream cone tea cup with gummy ring handle, sugar cookie saucer, and filled with butterscotch pudding  "tea" and marshmallow "sugar cube."

Pinterest was a big help for ideas and planning.

One of the activities was to play Christmas bingo. But the first activity was to decorate sugar cookies. Oh, what messy fun!

Big sister helps spread frosting.


Anybody for an alien snowman with three eyes?


Hope you're finding simple, yet fun ways to glory in the blessings bestowed on us through Christ's coming!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Fun

If you haven't seen Ann Voskamp's Jesse Tree advent devotionals at A Holy Experience, do not pass Go; do not collect $200; click on it, subscribe and enjoy the beauty of her words, the beauty of the artwork on the ornaments and the beauty of God's inexpressible gift of love shown down through the ages to His people.

Now this Jesse Tree where our hearts climb high in this season of waiting, it's named after the Jesse who was the father of David, the first royal branch in the tree of the Messiah to come, David to whom God promised that his line and his sons and his family would be King forever. And when his sons and grandsons and great grandsons turned from God and loved sin more than their Father and their kingdoms fell, and it seemed as though the whole royal family tree of Jesse had been chopped right off at the roots, our covenant, promise-keeping God, He vowed, "Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot - yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root..." 
She has daily devotionals that draw our attention to how God made and fulfilled His promises/covenants to His people, starting at Creation, going through the Fall, through Noah's family and Abraham's and on. She also includes beautifully drawn artwork by Nancy W. Rodden to make into ornaments to put on your Jesse tree daily.

Since I like to play with fabric and I wanted something even more sturdy than laminated card stock, I copied the drawings onto Sew-on Transfers which I bought at Walmart and then made mini-quilt ornaments of them with rick-rack for hanging.

The super rustic Jesse Tree is a branch standing in a hollow piece of firewood. Maybe we'll get more extravagant sometime, but this works for now. 

We're also still doing the advent activities and readings that we've always done, which can be found starting here: http://homepiecing.blogspot.com/2010/12/advent-activities-days-1-2.html. We're also planning some Christmas Teas for various young ladies. So it's a fun, busy time.!

Hope your activities and celebratings cause you to fall even more in love with the Giver of all good things.