November 21, 2011

CHRISTmas - Kojo Designs

Welcome to the first day of CHRISTmas.  Today Kirstin from Kojo Designs is here.  


These sisters (Kirstin and Jordan) are not only talented, but super fun.  They really know how to throw a party....and sew....and decorate.  Their site is full of lots of great ideas and after reading you'll wish they lived closer so you could chill with them at one of their parties.  Welcome Kirstin! 


Hello I Am Momma fans! I'm Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns, and I am beyond thrilled to be here today! We lovelovelove I Am Momma Hear Me Roar- Cheri's ideas are unique, there's tons of Boy-Goodness around here, and Wake Up Wednesdays is genius. But you're here, so you already know how fabulous Cheri's blog is! Loving this place so much makes it even more fun to be a part of Cheri's CHRISTmas series... 


 My sister, Jordan, and I grew up in a home full of fabulous Christmas traditions. Looking back, my favorite traditions are the ones that reinforce the meaning of CHRISTmas as the celebration of the birth of Christ the Savior. I love having that legacy of meaningful family traditions. And as our kiddos get older, I'd love to have the season leading up to Christmas be full of meaning, too!


This box of twenty five ornaments, each bearing one of the names of Christ, is one of those traditions! We'll hang one on our tree each day of December as one way to learn more about Jesus and celebrate His birth.



To make a box of advent ornaments with your family, you'll need- -a pile of twenty five ornaments (we used big clear ones, small plastic clear ones, plain wooden and ceramic ones, and a few random shapes [a star and a lion]) -some kid-friendly ornament decor (paint, crayons, glitter, jewel stickers, trim/notions, pipe cleaners, pom poms) -a not-so-kid-friendly Sharpie -ornament hangers or twine.


To make our ornaments, first we found a list of Jesus's names (here). The list also includes biblical references so that we can look up the passages each time we hang an ornament. And we narrowed to these 25 names- King of Kings, The Vine, The Word, Lion of Judah, Lamb of God, Messiah, Savior, Alpha and Omega, Light of the World, Redeemer, Bright and Morning Star, I AM, The Good Shepard, Ancient of Days, Bread of Life, Living Water, Emmanuel, Prince of Peace, Rock of Ages, Jehovah, The Truth and the Life, The Great Physician, The Lord of Glory, The Rose of Sharon, Lily of the Valley.


Then Burke and I set to work, making ornaments. He's three, so the joint ornament decorating was limited at best. Think paint splashing, glitter pouring, pom pom pushing, jewel bedazzling. Limited, but fun (and funny!).


After the decorating, I'd add the name of Burke's choosing to the ornament with a Sharpie. And, twenty-five names later, our little box of advent ornaments was finished.


In case you are wondering which ornaments received the honor of "Most Likely to Be Remade Next Year," there they are. Oh, Lion of Judah and Lamb of God ornaments. You are certainly the ugly ducklings of the crowd. But Burke loves you, so I love you.



I can. not. wait. to incorporate these into our family CHRISTmas tradition list.  Thanks for having us Cheri! What a fantastic series. 

And I Am Momma friends, come on by kojodesigns any time to say hi! Merry CHRISTmas!
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Thank you so much Kirstin.  I love this idea.  I also love that you let Burke help you out because I'm sure he'll love the ornaments even more because of that.  I also like the idea of them being an advent.  So clever.  You guys can leave a comment for Kirstin here or head over to her blog HERE.


Thanks for reading.

28 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great idea! I have been looking for ways to make our celebration more meaningful---can't wait to see more. Thanks so much!

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  2. What a totally cool idea! I'm on the lookout for5 ideas to put the Christ back in Christmas and this definitely fits the bill!

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  3. LOVE this! We needed something new to share with the boys this year. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  4. i LOVE this idea and the corresponding verses to read along with. thanks for sharing!!!!!

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  5. Yea! I love this idea. I can't wait to get started on it. Thank you for the link with all the scripture references too! I'm gonna go check that out right now.

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  6. This is such a sweet idea! I love it! Nice job Kirstin!

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  7. I love this idea! I wish I had thought of it. I used to be a Chilren's Director at a church, it would have been a great activity for us all! Keeping this idea handy for the future.

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  8. I love this concept,I blogged about it @ askmskathy@blogspot.com with a link back at ya. Please keep up the banner for Christ!

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  9. Oh wow! What a great idea! I'll definitely be sharing this with my friends at church on Sunday. Great job Kirstin!

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  10. I think my mother-in-law would absolutely love those!
    www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I've been looking for an advent calendar that I like and this is just absolutely perfect! Thank you!

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  13. Oh I LOVE this idea! Gonna get right on this so our family can do it too!

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  14. I was going to buy new Christmas tree ornaments that would look elegant on my new tree, but I am going to do this instead (still keeping in mind my original color scheme of course), because what does it matter how beautiful our Christmas decor is, if we don't remember why it is that we decorate. Thank you for this post.

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  15. What a beautiful idea! a friend just emailed me your blog and I LOVE this idea...thank you for sharing. Now to locate some ornaments to hang. I'm also thinking of doing some of the baked/painted ones. We need something to do as a project the day after Thanksgiving, so this might just be it! =)


    Thanks again and God bless!

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  16. I really love this. I chose to do a "Prophecy Tree" with ornaments symbolizing prophecies of Jesus' coming and life. I think I got myself in deep water with it though.... I really love the idea of using the names of Jesus!

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  17. Very cool idea.... I would love to do this with my 3yo. granddaughter Journey.... TFS...

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  18. I found your lovely ornaments on pinterest. What a great idea. I've been looking for something to do for an advent calendar this year and these ornaments fit the bill. One ornament/name of God/scripture per day. Thanks!!

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  19. Thank you for sharing this! My family did a Jesse Tree this year, but I had heard about this idea recently and thought it was a great way to share more about who Jesus is. I am saving a link to your post to try the ornaments in the future. Thanks!

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  20. Such a nice idea! Your family did a great job!

    Kathy

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  21. What a fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  22. I have been looking for an idea to use for the main tree I will be decorating at our local Senior Center this year. I had decided on red, green and gold for the theme and have bought all the ornaments but wanted to add something Christ Centered to my theme and I have just found it in your post. Thank you for the great idea.

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  23. My family celebrates with a Jesse Tree and we have a garland we attach stars to with the names of Jesus on it. I make felt sets of Jesse Tree ornaments - a beautiful way to keep Christ the focus of Christmas. http://www.etsy.com/listing/109692943/jesse-tree-christmas-advent-felt-jesse

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  24. I found your blog and this post via Pinterest. My family will be making this Advent Ornaments this year. Can't wait! Thanks!

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  25. Thanks so much. A great way to focus on Christ durning the season!

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  26. Love ..secret sister going to get this

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