December 01, 2010

The Third Day of CHRISTmas - with Delia from Delia Creates

Today we have a fantastic guest blogger.  Her name is Delia and her blog is called Delia Creates.  She is one of those people who exudes kindness and goodness.  Her blog is full of great ideas and gorgeous pictures.  She has two boys (which I think is also fantastic :)  She is a really thoughtful commenter as well.  Lastly, she is just plain darling.
She has a beautiful CHRISTmas idea to share with you today.  Welcome Delia!

Hello! I'm Delia from deliacreates.  I am delighted to be guest posting here on Cheri's blog.

She is such a wonderfully talented person. Did you know that this girl can sing? Like really sing? Has cds out? Yeah. I don't have to tell you how crafty she is either. But...She is also sincere and kind. When she contacted me about focusing on Christ this Christmas I grew to respect her even more.

It is so hard not to get caught up in the excitement of Santa and reindeer, and seeing our kids' faces on Christmas morning when they see the toys they have been dreaming of all year. I think that is a good thing.

But, I think it is a better thing to balance all of that out with the real reason we celebrate Christmas. To help our kids learn that even getting gifts is actually a symbol of Christ. His birth, life, and most importantly Atonement is the greatest gift that has ever been and will yet be given. 


To help us remember this, we started the First Gift of Christmas tradition last year. Our box was not as pretty as this one because we decided to do it the night before, but this year I made a simple white paper-mache box with a red bow to last us through the years.


Inside there are envelopes with the year written in the corner.


 And inside those envelopes are slips of paper where we write down our gifts. 


Our gifts are things we will do for the Savior. For my children, I tell them it is gift we give baby Jesus. Something you will do that He would do or would want you to do. 
 
We tuck the gifts away in the envelope and read ones from years past. I am really excited to read what we wrote last year. I really really wanted to peek but I was good. Promise. :)

Reading past gifts can help us bond as a family as we draw closer to the Savior together.

*This is one of our nativity sets with our porcelain family figurines set around Baby Jesus. This another little tradition we have to help us remember Christ.

Of course this is just how we have chosen to do it but...This is all done at the top of our stairs before we go down to see the tree. No one is allowed downstairs when they wake up. We meet at the top where our First Gift box is placed. We sing a Christmas hymn, say a prayer, give our "gifts" to Jesus and after all that is done, we then go downstairs and still have the giddy Christmas gifting fun around the tree.

My kids were still hyper and super excited last year...and I'll admit so were we...but the morning was cast with a warmer, more loving, more thankful feeling.


It is a simple thing to pause and remember Christ first, but really makes the holiday mean more and can make a lasting impression on our children.

Thank you Cheri for letting me stop by!

Merry Christmas!

Thank you so much, Delia.  I absolutely love that idea and we'll be using it this year as well.  Feel free to leave Delia a comment here.  Thanks for dropping in for a visit today.

38 comments:

  1. I love this idea! My little man is only one, but I want to be intentional in the years to come showing him the true meaning of the Christmas.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful gift!

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  2. Totally doing this this year! Thank you. I love everything about this idea.

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  3. That is wonderful. I have bigger kids (11,9,6) and just what they need. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. I love this!!!! I think it's great that you do this at the top of the stairs before you go down staris. I'll have to figure out how to do this since we don't have an upstairs. Once the kids see the presents it's all over! We will be borrowing this idea :0)

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  5. Love your idea :) So cute and great to remember the real reason of Christmas!

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  6. I love this idea also! :) What a beautiful tradition! I have two littles, and this year may be the perfect year to start as my oldest is in Kindergarted! Thanks!

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  7. I love this idea. I think we will start this year. I think I will add it to our christmas eve tradition when my kiddos act out the christmas story with the little people nativity. I love the nativity set idea also. Where did you find the porcelain figures for your family?
    Cheri thanks for keeping our thoughts in the right place this season. You are an inspiration.

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  8. Such a beautiful idea and one we will definitly be doing on our home from now on! Thank you

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  9. This is great Delia! We've done the same thing with a white stocking the last couple of years and I love to read what we wrote in previous years. I love the look of the beautiful box though. Great job!

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  10. Lovely idea! I have little ones and this is probably the year to start establishing some of these important traditions.

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  11. Oh, I love this tradition. We do the same thing. There was a great story in the Friend last year that we added to the box and we'll be telling the kids the same story this year. We're going out of town so we'll be bringing it with us. Thanks for sharing during this AWESOME Christ-mas week.

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  12. What a sweet idea. Thanks for this, Delia and Cheri! :)

    Felicity at {Simple Elegance}

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  13. I think Cheri needs to do a Christmas Album! Your voice is So lovely!

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  14. What a sweet idea. Thanks for this, Delia and Cheri! :)

    Felicity at {Simple Elegance}

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  15. That is such a sweet and easy idea to really bring the true meaning of Christmas to Christmas morning. Your ideas are so clever.

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  16. i love this CHRISTmas thing so much!! it's refreshing to see Christ-centered ideas among all of the crazy commercialness of christmas. thanks!

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  17. This week is so so so good! I love it. Can't wait to start a family someday and have such good traditions.

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  18. These CHRISTmas posts are some of the best! I'm a new mommy and I'm SO enjoying these refreshing ideas centered around Christ. I have been praying God would give me some ideas for new family traditions and I DO believe these posts are doing just that. LOVE this!

    Thank you Delia & Cheri!

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  19. I love the nativity set with the figures representing your family too. What a wonderful idea.
    This is such a great series, thank you for posting!

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  20. Thanks Delia! My parents did this for us growing up, only instead of a box, we had a stocking for Jesus that my mom made out of felt. Once we were older, we loved taking out the old ones and reading what we had written. It was one of my favorite Christmas traditions and one that I plan on using with my kids. So, take it from me, even a simple idea like this can have LASTING impact on your children. It did for me.

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  21. Thank you Cheri for your kind words and for letting me share something so dear to me!

    Rachelle. My mother in law gave us these figurines but I think she got them from Deseret Book:
    http://deseretbook.com/LDS-Art-amp-Home/Statues/Porcelain-Statues/s/1295

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  22. What a beautiful idea! I can't wait to start this tradition with my family!

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  23. I'm always interested in how to have a more Christ centred Christmas. Such a good idea ;)

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  24. What a fabulous, beautiful idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  25. Wonderful Idea. Thanks so much for sharing. On another note, Cheri...Girl you can sing! Beautiful voice!! My girls loved dancing to your music.

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  26. I have been doing this since I was in grade school. We still do it. I have two little ones and plan to carry on the tradition. I'm excited to know someone else who does this!!

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  27. This is wonderful! We did something very similar every Christmas Eve growing up after acting out the story of the nativity. I love remembering the reason for the season!

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  28. This post was an answered prayer. Honestly. I've been thinking A LOT about how to make sure my girls focus on the real meaning for the holiday. Then I saw this. PERFECT!!! I'm adding it this year. My parents come over and wait to see the girls run down the stairs, so I'm hauling the grandfolks up to participate too!! I'm just plain gitty about this becoming a tradition for us.

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  29. I love this idea. I am going to start this tradition this year.

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  30. Thank-you Cheri and Delia for sharing this! My parents did "My Gift to Jesus" for years, except at New Years not Christmas (in place of New Years Resolutions). We never kept them though and I regret that. This year is our first Christmas where we won't be traveling. I've been trying to figure out what to do with our gifts so that we remember them each year. Putting them in envelopes in a little box is perfect.

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  31. This is beautiful!

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  32. i love everything..you are wonderful!

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  33. I just stumbled across this post. What an amazing idea. I am going to incorporate this into our Christmas festivities this year. Santa has NEVER been a big part of our celebrating. I'm so glad I came across this.

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  34. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I'm adding it to my to-do list this year.

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  35. Thank you for such a wonderful idea. I have been trying to find ways to keep our focus on Christ this Christmas and I hope to add this to our family's traditions this year. Thanks!!!

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  36. Found via Pinterest. Isn't it great that even two years later, an idea can reach new readers?! :)
    Please, would you provide some examples of the gifts that you write on the slips of paper? I'm at a loss for what would be appropriate. Thanks!

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  37. Oh, this blessed me so much! Tears are streaming down my cheeks right now...i can't WAIT to do this with our family this year :) We always have our kids gather in our bed Christmas morning to pray and tell God how thankful we are that he sent his Son to earth, but the writing down of "gifts" in a box is a perfect way to seal up those memories!

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