Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: November 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas ABC's: A is for Angel

Yesterday was our kick off to our Christmas ABC's. We did the letter A. Before we started school my littles were wild. It was like they had taken energy pills or something. They were having a hard time sitting through our reading lesson, but something amazing happened once we started talking about our Christmas book for the day.
We read God Gave Us Christmas (God Gave Us...) . This book is seriously my all time favorite Christmas book now. It was amazing the quietness that took over my children, as I read the words on each page. This book is about a little baby polar bear and his mom. They go out into nature to find God. This book does an amazing job at explaining to kids the importance of celebrating Christ's birthday day. Through reading this book, I was able to really focus with my little ones how Christmas really is a gift that God has given us. He has given us this amazing day and season to remember our savior. It enables us to really realize how the birth of a little baby in a manager really did change the world. This book even touches on Santa and how he teaches us generosity, but he is not the reason for the season. My children seemed to finally have that distinction click in their head.

I love doing traditional "Santa" Christmas things because they are fun, but I never want us to lose sight of the real reason we celebrate this time of year. I strongly recommend this book to any mom out there wanting to teach her littles this. I think this book will need to find a place in our own book library.

Anyways after we read the book and talked about he angel Gabrielle we made this paper plate Angel craft. Our kick off to our Christmas ABC's was awesome! I can't wait for today. We are doing the letter B for Bells. It should be fun. I will post our activities tomorrow

And the picture below has nothing to do with Christmas, but we are doing spiders for science and these pictures of my littles are just to adorable not to share

We read The Itsy Bitsy Spider and made this spooky spider with his own silk.

Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Home School: Christmas ABC's

Christmas Pictures, Images and Photos
For the month of December we will be participating in our Christmas ABC's. I did this last year with my littles and we enjoyed it so much. We only made it to P last year, but I am hoping this year to make it through the whole alphabet. Each day we will do a letter of the alphabet and then do a craft or activity to go along with that letter. I wanted to share some of my ideas for our Christmas ABC's, just in case anyone else wants to join in on the fun.

My goal this month is to make it a fun filled holiday centered on Christ. He is the reason for the season and I don't want my children or myself to forget that. I am going to try posting throughout this month different things I do with my littles.

I also wanted to share that over at I am Momma Hear me Roar, Cheri is hosting a CHRISTmas series this upcoming week. She will be posting a bunch of ideas on how to help teach our kids a little more about this season and how our savior plays such a huge role. I am excited for all that she will come up with. She is very creative and has an awesome blog. I hope you will join in on making this the best holiday season yet!

Now on to the ABC's :>

A is for Angel --> We are going to talk about the angel Gabrielle and make paper plate angels

B is for the bells. We will sing some fun songs like Jingle Bells and Christmas Bells. We are also going to make some fun jingle bell necklaces.

C is for Christmas Candles. We will talk about God's light and decorate candle holders.

D is for decorating. We are going to decorate Christmas cookies

E is for Elf. We are going to watch the movie Elf and do an Elf craft.

F is for fruit cake. I want us to try our hand at baking fruit cake.

G is for garland. We are going to make some popcorn and cereal garland for our tree :> (this one was Libby's idea)

H is for Ho! Ho! Ho! We are going to do a fun Santa Craft.

I is for Icicle. We are going to make some pretty decorations for our home.

J is for Jesus. We are going to make birthday cards for Jesus.

K Kris Kringle.We are going to have these pancakes, talk about all of Santa's names, write letters to Santa, and make hand print santas.

L is for lights. we are going to do patterns with lights and then we will do some decorating outside with lights. 

M is for Manger. We are going to make this craft.

N is for Noel. We will learn this song and do a Christmas game.

O is for ornaments. I want to make pepermint ornament frames for the tree.

P is for Polar Express. We are going to do a Polar Express movie night, with hot chocolate and pajama fun. I am hoping we will invite some friends over for the fun. (hint hint Alison :>)

Q is for Quiet Night. We are going to take some quite time to read Christmas books and talk about the savior.

R is for Rudolph. I want to make this fun reindeer craft and play Pin the nose on Rudolph.

S is for snowman. We are going to make snowman fingerprint art and even play with some insta-snow I bought at Learning is fun. I would also love to make some snowmen soup and share it with our friends.

T is for Christmas Tree. We are going to make soda bottle Christmas Tree's.

U is for under the tree. We are going to practice wrapping presents and singing some fun Christmas songs.

V is for visitors. We are going to talk about the visitors Christ received when he was born and then we will go and deliver Christmas goodies to some friends.

W is for Wreaths. We are going to make some fun Christmas wreaths for our apartment :>

X is for X's and O's. We are going to send some fun christmas cards to our loved ones.

Y is for Yule log. I plan to make one that I found the recipe for in The Big Book of Monthly Ideas : Preschool-Kindergarten : The Best of the Mailbox Monthly Idea Books.

Z is for zzzzzz. We are going to do this one on Christmas Eve. We will read the Night Before Christmas and the Christmas story. Then we will be off for some much needed to sleep. Hopefully this will give us all the energy we need for our fun filled Christmas day:>

As you can tell most of my ideas came from Ramblings of a Crazy woman. I love this blog. I linked up to all of her Chirstmas ideas, but please check out all her other themes. There are so many craft ideas for every theme/holiday. Check out this blog you will be so inspired to do fun crafty things with your littles.

Anyway I am glad that I have my Christmas ABC's all planned out now.Today we start the letter A. I hope you guys have a wonderful start to this magnificent holiday season :>

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Littles Book List: December

 I can't believe it is already the end of another month. I am absolutely ready for the Christmas season. I look forward to this month once Halloween is over. It is be far my most favorite time of year. I love the decorating, the crafts, the movies, the books, I mean literally everything. I love how everyone is a little nicer to one another. It is wonderful to have this month to reflect on the wonderful birth of the Savior. With all of this wonderful goodness that encompasses this month, I like to really try to enjoy all aspects of this holiday season with my family. One way we do this is through books. Here is our book list for this month. Some will correlate with our Christmas ABC's, which I plan to post later this week. Enjoy reading with your littles!
 Snowball Fight by Jimmy Fallon

Bear Stays Up for Christmas  by Karma Wilson

Fartsy Claus by Mitch Claus

It's Christmas, David! by David Shannon

The Christmas Baby by Marion Dane Bauer

The Longest Christmas List Ever by Gregg Spiridellis

Dream Snow by Eric Carle

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Must-See Christmas Movie List

Must-See Christmas Movie List

I am a huge fan of ABC family's 25 days of Christmas countdown. Their Christmas movies are just too sweet and totally put me into the Christmas spirit. I have been browsing their movie list, so I can request some from the library. One of my favorites I am watching tonight. I know it isn't Thanksgiving yet, but man I can't resist. Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday. I love everything about it. I plan to do a whole bunch of stuff with my kiddos this month. I kind of feel like I have slacked this month, with being festive, but my mind has just been focusing on the things I wanted to do for December. Maybe next year I will try harder at making November more festive, but for now I will just continue to put all my efforts into the best holiday of the year!

Anyways I wanted to share some fun Christmas movies that are on my must see list this holiday season. Some of these I own, but I will be requesting from the library or from Netflix. Man I love the library system! Saves me so much money! Thank you Clark County! Anyways here is my must-see Christmas Movie List.

Oh and just a side note, tomorrow I will be posting our book list for December. 


Have a Blessed Day!
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