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Showing posts with label nativity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nativity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nativity. Show all posts

'Twas the Night Before Christmas in Our House...

The Night Before Christmas Poem: At Our House

We wish you a Merry Christmas! Hope you all have a Christmas Eve filled with warm memories and  stockings full of happiness. Here are a few photos from around our new house (old farm houseand a poem about our night before Christmas. 

We'll celebrate with a Christmas Eve children's service and then our older children and close family friends will stop by on the eve of Jesus birth for a gift exchange. Christmas day, we'll make the trek over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house. Enjoy!

The Night Before Christmas Poem: At Our House
Stockings hung by the piano with care.

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house,
every creature was stirring except for the mouse.

The stockings drooped from the piano with flair,

hanging onto their reindeer hooks with special care.

Droopy stockings on heirloom piano.
The children wrestled each other banging heads,
while double vision sent them straight to their beds.

Snowy day play! We were blessed with a white Christmas.
nd, Mom with her nurturing and Dad with his crap
Tried to settle us down with Angry Bird Apps.

When from the kitchen there arose such a clatter,

I stopped playing to see what was the matter.

Snowy Christmas Village courtesy of my Grandmother.

My small sister shot past me like dynamite
Knocking me into the wall causing a fight

Shattered glass and spilled milk were on the clean floor

And crumbs fell from kitty's mouth as he cried for more.

When what to my wandering eyes should appear ~

Oops, Grandma got tun over by a reindeer.

Waving his finger in the air, a red suited man
stood in a fog standing next to the trash can.

With his furrowed white eyebrows and crumpled red nose

I knew in an instant it must be St. Nick.

More rapid ranting than Mommy's his reprimands came

And he pointed and shouted and called us by name.

Now Jake, now Mayhem, now Tigger please listen...

Santa and the Misses.

Why aren't you sleeping? Are those bumps on your head? March up those stairs and climb into your warm beds.
A tiny tornado erupted inside
lifting the cat's mess and tossing it aside.

Talking Christmas Tree 80's
My heirloom talking tree courtesy of my Grandfather. 
He sings and scares!

So, up to our bedrooms sister and I flew
with thoughts of toys and fears of Santa too.

And then in a twinkling, I heard on the wall

the kneading and pawing of each little claw.

As, I covered my eyes listening to the sound

up the stairs my bad kitty lept with a bound.

heirloom santa
An heirloom "robot" Santa.

Santa cleared his throat and his belly it rumbled
He tripped on the cat and on the floor he tumbled.

The bundle of toys he had flung on his back

flew out onto the floor emptying his red sack

Bad Sad Santa
Santa Claus?
I s
nuck out to spy on old Mr. Kringle
His cheeks were flushed and his smile had lost its jingle

He surveyed the damage and gritted his teeth

And the cat, it encircled his feet like a wreath.

Santa Bunny got covered in snow.
Hey, at least it's not a duck.

Covering my face and trying not to laugh
I saw St. Nicholas twitch his nose at my cat.

He flew up landing next to the Elf on the Shelf.

And I laughed when I saw it inspite of myself.

Heirloom Antique Elf on a Shelf Christmas Ornament
Infamous heirloom Elf on the Shelf.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon led me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word but went straight to his work

collecting the toys then he turned with a jerk.

And laying his hand under the kitty's back

he scooped it up giving its head a light pat.

Heirloom Antique Elf on a Shelf Christmas Ornament
Heirloom elf ousting the angel.

Shaking from side to side he gave a little laugh
And said, "Listen naughty cat, it's time you had a bath.

Instead of punishment, he handed me the cat

At least without our cookies he's a little less fat.

Lit Lighted Ceramic Christmas Village with Snow
Grandma recovered from her reindeer incident.

And I heard him exclaim as he disappeared from sight,
Merry Christmas to all and to me... 

A cat-free night!


Decorate Christmas Bags

Get Your Own Elf on the Shelf

What I did for Christmas: Nativity Play and Easy No Sew Costumes

How to Make Easy, No Sew Nativity Costumes

We made our no sew costumes from the choir robes for our production of the Nativity play at church. Mary, Joseph, three Wise Men, the angels, and the burrow all wore easy, no sew costumes that are easy to make. Enjoy!

Nativity Play and Easy No Sew Costumes
Nativity Scene with no sew choir robes for Mary and Joseph.
Little burrow is wearing brown hoodie with ears and tail attached with hot glue.

We made the costumes with what we had on hand,so we used choir robes, altar gowns, hoodies, and pillow cases.

Easy no sew Joseph and Mary costumes from choir robes.
Easy no sew Joseph and Mary costumes from choir robes.

Head coverings are made by wrapping pillow cases (no sew).

Church altar decorated for Nativity Play.
The setting was magical. Mayhem wore her fanciest dress.

Nativity Angels no sew choir robe costumes
Nativity Angels no sew choir robe costumes with Christmas garland accents.

The miracle of Jesus must have played a hand. The kids did a fantastic job acting out the nativity play, despite only one performance with the entire cast. The little angels are wearing altar gowns adorned with Christmas garland. Poster board wings are also decorated with gold garland and attached with white ribbon arm straps looped thru two slits in the wing like a backpack strap.

What we do in real life: Outreach to Senior Citizen's Homes. Kids join our Drama Club or take a class and then we present it to real-life audiences spreading a message of  'Good Cheer' all thru the year.


Princess Pirate Costume

Perry the Platypus Costume

How to Make a Gingerbread House

Stained Glass Cookie Ornaments

The Donkey in the Living Room Nativity Set: A Tradition that 
Celebrates the True Meaning of Christmas*

Christmas Is... by Gail Gibbons*

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