Our 2011 DIY Ornament

Every Christmas, it’s become our tradition to make our own Christmas ornaments at home. Christmas in Manila is usually so busy and you can get up in so many parties while your kids are just left at home. Making your own ornaments is just one of the many things we schedule with the family to make sure that our kids are not left out in all the festivities. It’s a fun activity to do with the kids to help build up the excitement of Christmas plus it makes your tree more meaningful. Here’s some of the ornaments we came up with this year 🙂

ADVENT NIGHT

Advent night in our home is when we gather the kids to spend time singing Christmas songs, reading the Christmas story or other Christmas story books and reminding them about the true meaning of Christmas. It is always good to remind them, and ourselves too, that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus, and not about wish lists and receiving presents.

CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

The month of December is like a long road trip where kids can’t wait to reach their destination and are asking non-stop “Are we there yet? How much longer?” I love it that kids anticipate Christmas! It is always refreshing to see their eagerness and wide-eyed wonder about Christmas in contrast to the stress that adults normally go through as they deal with their Christmas to-do lists.

To make the time of waiting for my kids much more fun, we always do a Christmas Countdown. This year, the kids and I decided to make a craft out of it. With my old scrapbook papers, envelopes and clothespins, this is what we came up with:

Got this great idea here. Everyday, the kids open an envelope and read our activity for the day. Today, for December 1, the card reads “Check your stocking for a surprise!”

Here are more ideas for you from It’s Written on the Wall!