Saturday, December 24, 2011
Free Christmas Activities...Don't Miss Out on the Goodies!
Please check out my previous Christmas post with Songs of His Birth, a collection of Christmas songs that tell the story of Jesus...our favorite is Mary Did You Know?, but Breath of Heaven is a close second.
Free Advent Activities for all ages...from Jesse Tree ornaments to coloring pages and online Christmas Carols. We used these links to make our Jesse Tree Ornament set last year. It was a rewarding way to spend a day, and kept us all happily occupied in spite of the cold outside. The kids got a real kick out of finding them again this year, and remember what each ornament symbolizes.
Free Christmas Digital Issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine...check it out if you have time to relax. Who knows what fun stuff you might discover??
Dr. David Jeremiah speaks on Why There Must Be Christmas
Hulu for the Holidays...listings of FREE streaming Christmas (and Thanksgiving) programs, from movies to cooking shows. I haven't screened them all, for obvious reasons (lack of time and motivation??), so make sure you check each show out before sharing with the family. I wrote about some of the movies in a post HERE. If you are looking for Christmas movies and subscribe to Netflix instant streaming, two we enjoyed there were Christmas With a Capital C and The Christmas Bunny.
Xmasfun.com has FREE videos, games, recipes, and more...all with a Christmas theme. It's a little silly at times, but good-natured. Check out the Food Court Flash mob Hallelujah Chorus on the video page. Now that looks like fun! Even more fun, is the Silent Monks Singing the Hallelujah Chorus. For a grand finale, check out the Do-Re-Mi Flash Mob in Antwerp, Belgium. It makes me smile every time I see it.
Here is my mom's Christmas Candy recipe from last year's Cookie Exchange. This recipe is delicious, and very rich...three ingredients, fifteen minutes, and people will be begging you for more. Hide some, or you won't get any!
Don't forget to check out our Christmas Dinner Crafts post. We made napkin rings and placemats for our table in no time at all. The kids really enjoyed it, and so did I.
An old post with videos for the kids that tell the real story of Jesus, and why we need him. A good one for while mom wraps gifts in secret...
A neat, click-through site with an easily readable version of the REAL Christmas Story...start HERE. Then check out the rest of this site and read more about the Good News...Finally, scroll down to see an extensive collection of Old Testament Bible stories.
Christmas Coloring Pages for the kids...More Christmas Coloring Pages for you to try... and even More Bible coloring pages, just in case those aren't enough!!
Print out these characters on card stock, color them, then attach them to popsicle sticks to make a puppet re-enactment of the Nativity Story.
The REAL Santa site, with information and activities about St. Nicholas. Stories, games, puzzles, coloring pages...I haven't checked this one out much yet, but it was recommended to me. My kids know the low-down on Santa (he's a fun symbol of giving, but Jesus is the real reason for Christmas, and only God can know all about who is naughty and nice...).
Lastly, check out HP Photo Creations to get a free download for making single and multiple page holiday-themed calendars for last minute gifts. Laminate them (or use self-laminating sheets or contact paper) to make them more durable. I had the kids color a picture of themselves for the back of each one. We printed on cardstock. Choose Single-Page Calendars for the easiest project, then choose holiday themes. The download is simple and FREE, and the grandmothers will love having a photo calendar!
To see the photo we used for our calendars, check out our Homemade Christmas post with the kids' holiday photo (and to see some of our decorations...the kids helped make a lot of them this year, and helped put them out. It has been wonderful.)
I'd love to hear about sites you have found this Christmas season that have added new experiences to your family's traditions. Please leave a comment to share!
Have a blessed Christmas!!