November 29, 2011

The Last day of CHRISTmas

Oh, it's the last day of our CHRISTmas series!  I have two ideas I want to share with you today and I'm also reminding you of last year's projects (in case you're looking for more inspiration.)

I just finished getting our front door ready.  I used the same quote I did last year, but a better font.

I just added the star to a pre-done wreath that I got last year at Target.  The quote is from Matthew 2 in the Bible.  It reads:

1 Now when Jesus was aborn in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 

I just need to get one more little Christmas tree for the other planter.  We had to trim our Christmas tree, so I took the extra branches and tucked them into the woven branches  we have around the door.

The second thing I wanted to share today is an idea.  Last year someone did the 12 days of Christmas for us.  They gave us this tiny nativity one piece at a time.  (Don't count the pieces.  My boys were playing with it yesterday and I couldn't find them all for the picture.)  They wrapped up one small piece, knocked on the door, and dashed before we could see them for 12 nights in a row.

I can't tell you how special it made us feel.  I also can't tell you just how excited Rex was about the whole thing.  If the piece came late (after he'd already gone to bed) he asked about it first thing in the morning.  It was so sweet.

It's a tiny little set.  See how little the sheep is?

I just wanted to pass on the idea.  It's a great way to spread the joy of the season (and frankly not break the budget either.  You could probably find a little nativity for around $5 I bet.)  I think we might do this for another family this year.

Do you need any more ideas for making the season meaningful?  Here's a quick recap of last year's CHRISTmas series ideas.

The Good Deed Advent.  This was a really special experience for us last year.  I highly recommend trying this one with your children to help make the season really memorable.  Rex and I had some great experiences doing this and he was thrilled when we got it out and hung it up again the other day.

I truly hope this series has given you some ideas to make this Christmas season special and meaningful.  A big thank you to our awesome guest bloggers and a big thank you to you for reading.  See you tomorrow for Wake Up Wednesday.


Ash Nichols said...

Love that door!!

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Mama Up! said...

Thanks so much for all of the ideas! And I love your door!

I'm not getting a surprise Nativity this year, but we're lacking one and a good friend was like, hey, we have an extra! Take it! I felt special that she wants to give us one of hers.

Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories said...

Love all of the ideas! Thanks, Cheri!

Tammie said...

Love the Door, so Festive

Erin Shakespear said...

Someone did this with a nativity set for us, too. It was about 6 or 7 years ago and we loved it. I especially love the fact that the set is a bit hodge podged together. Like, they didn't quite have 12 pieces and so they added a few the cute little ceramic cat. Love it.

We've been doing it for other families ever since. I like to buy a child-friendly set since I think most people buy a nice nativity set, but don't have one their kids can hug and squeeze. :)

This year I bought two wooden sets from that I love. I can't wait for them to get here!

Merry Christmas!

Delia said...

Your door looks beautiful! I really like that nativity neighbor gifting idea. Very sweet and meaningful.

K Blue said...

I love this series. It is so special and meaningful. And I really love your door. That wreath is so gorgeous.

Samantha said...

I am in some serious love with the twisted vines around your door! Very rustic, while still being very chic! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Samantha said...

Also, the Good Deed Advent.... I am definitely going to do this for my boys. Very wonderful idea!

Tanya Murray said...

It's been a great series and lots of inspiration. Thank you

nest full of eggs said...

I enjoyed your series this week :o)

The Miller Five said...

Wonderful ideas. I will definitely be looking for a nativity. I would love to do that for our neighbors. Thank you so much for sharing!

ican'tsew said...

I love the vines. Was the star in the wreath intentionally upside down?

Chelsea said...

Oh man! There are so many good ideas that I want to do them all...but then that would be counter-productive, at least for me. Thanks for all the amazing ideas for bringing the focus back to Christ around Christmas time!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I LOVe that wreath! Today I bought the little red balls they had like that at target. I really wanted the wreath but I already have one and decided I didn't really need it. And the nativity idea, wonderful gift!

Melissa @ It's Fancy Schmancy said...

Great ideas!
Can you tell me what font you used? I love it!


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