Friday, December 5, 2008

Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do or Do Without Advent Candy

One of the books that I really enjoy using at Christmas is the ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel. She writes about the meanings of various Christmas practices and symbols and ways to reclaim them for Jesus Christ, God's son.

Sunday evening, as Advent began, we read about Advent Wreaths. There was an activity called Advent Calendar of Kisses. The idea is to take a long piece of plastic wrap, fill it with a chocolate kiss for each day leading to Christmas, and tie ribbons between. A child's kiss is then exchanged for a candy kiss each day until Christmas. I thought that was sweet, but didn't have kisses or curling ribbon. Here's my Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without version.
On Monday evening, we went to our small town's Christmas parade. As with all parades, the children came home with way too much candy. Hmmm...that takes care of the candy part.
We had some plastic wrap, but no curling ribbon. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without...what do I have? I had pieces of fabric that had been torn in small strips. I had a little thin gold cord that I bought at a yard sale years ago. My daughter had some leftover yarn. I had enough scraps for the project! Don't you just love making do with what you've got? It teaches our children resourcefulness.





A wonderful activity, memorable moments, homemade make do fun, the focus on what we have instead of what we don't have.
Got creativity?
Laura
Blessed with Resourcefulness
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May I suggest?

6 comments:

  1. hi i liked your blog!!!

    have a wonderful day!

    God Bless you!

    Mariella!!!

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  2. Dear Laura,

    I absolutely love this idea! You are such an inspiration and encouragement to me, personally, and your positive attitude in the face of sometimes-somewhat-less-than-what-we'd-like-for-them-to-be circumstances is truly a blessing, and you set a good example for the rest of us! Thanks for all that you do! May God's richest blessings be yours. Merry Christmas, my friend!

    All My Love,
    ~Rebecca

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  3. That is such a great idea! I'll have to remember it for next year!

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  4. That is such a clever idea! And just look at the smile on that sweet face ... it says it all.

    Smiles,
    Lea

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  5. Lovely post Laura, and that smile on your little girl's face is just priceless!!!

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  6. Great idea! I may have to incorporate it into our advent celebration (better late than never). I have one of Lisa Welchel's books on homeschooling, but don't have this one. Thanks for entering my giveaway!

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