Tag «Christmas»

Mommy, Is Santa Claus Real?

As Christmas approached, I noticed a lot of posts doing the rounds on whether or not Christian parents should do Elf on the Shelf and let their kids believe in Santa Claus. I’ve never wanted to do the elf, but I had already been feeling convicted about the Santa issue. Christmas has never been about …

A South African Christmas

Christmas in South Africa is smack-bang in the middle of summer, so the usual depictions of reindeer and snowmen have always been a bit odd to me. That doesn’t mean our Christmas décor isn’t made up of reindeer and snowmen, of course. When I signed up to blog about a South African Christmas, I wasn’t …

{Currently} How Many Sleeps ‘Til Christmas?

How can Rafe be four months old already? Didn’t I give birth to him, like, yesterday? He has always been a smiley baby, but these days it is so easy to make him giggle. And, oh man, those baby giggles are too adorable. Giggles produce even more giggles, and once he starts and the girls …

{Currently} The Three Month Mark

Rafe is three months old today, and in my completely unbiased opinion, the cutest baby boy on the planet. Just look at him. He’s still ma vas, but he is happy to be left with Nana and his sisters when I tutor. He comes with me to drama class, and naps in the wrap while …

{Christmas Craft} Tree Ornaments

I found these cute ornaments to colour on Pink Stripey Socks. They’re perfect if you want something handmade, but aren’t in the mood for a messy and lengthy craft. Step one: Print out colouring pages and let your kids go wild. Step two: Cut out the circles and glue onto a piece of carboard. I …

{Christmas Craft} Low-Prep Shepherd Ornaments

These shepherd ornaments were made following the instructions on Danielle’s Place. I won’t post the step-by-step instructions here, but I hope you visit the original post and make some of these for yourself. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel …

{Christmas Craft} Wooden Peg Angels

This choir of angels was inspired by this post on Crafty Morning. The girls had a lot of fun making them, even though it took three days to complete. (We took two days to paint the pegs.) What you need: Wooden pegs White paint Gold/silver pipe cleaners Small white doilies Pink cardboard Pencil crayons Glue …

{Christmas Craft} Fingerprint Manger Scene

This fingerprint manger craft was inspired by this post on Crafty Morning. You will need: white cardboard/canvas brown paint peach paint yellow paint blue paint a lead pencil I had bought these square canvases ages ago, but never got around to using them. They were obviously meant for this craft. 🙂 I drew an outline …

{Friday Favourites} Christmas Carols

I love Christmas carols. If it wasn’t for the possibility that I’d drive my family crazy, I could quite happily listen to them all year long. 🙂 1. Oh Holy Night This is my all-time favourite carol. I get goosebumps singing it. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices!  2. Mary, Did You Know? …