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.

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