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As promised here, this is the blog post about the hands/feet wreath in the middle of our Christmas mantle.

I found this on Pinterest and I knew I had to try it!

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I had supplies.  I had green cardstock in two different shades.  I had red cardstock scraps and a circle hole punch.  I also had a paper plate to make the process of wreath-creating much easier.

I took two full 12in x 12in sheets of green cardstock in a light shade and a dark shade.

I took M’s hand and traced it out.

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Sorry so blurry.  It was hard enough keeping her still to trace her hand, so you could imagine how hard it was for me to try to trace her hand AND take a picture at the same time!

After I did her hands, she wanted her feet traced too.  The pinterest project doesn’t feature feet, but I figure we could take some creative license and add some feet.  So I took the other shade of green cardstock and used that for her feet.

In the end, we had a stack of hands and feet.

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I cut a hole in the middle of a paper plate, covered it with glue and we just started sticking the hands and feet down.  It took a bit of guidance from me to make sure we made it circular.  She had fun sticking things down in the “goopy glue.”

I used my 1in circle hole punch to punch out several red circles out of a piece of red scrap cardstock.  I put down blobs of glue and allowed M to stick them down where the blobs of glue were.

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I’m sure we could have covered the paper plate better buy adding more hands and feet, but the amount of hands and feet we had were just the right amount to keep her attention.

Have I told you how much I love having a three-year old during Christmas time?!

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I can’t believe we are here.

December.

Christmas.

Christmas shopping.

Christmas activities.

Because of the unpredictability of this pregnancy, we are trying to squeeze in as much Christmas for M as early as possible.

That means, the tree is up, she’s already decorated a gingerbread house, and we put lights up outside.

That also means that we are going to decorate the inside of our house soon and we will be scheduling our Santa visit soon.

We’ve already purchased her Christmas presents, both from us and from Santa.

We also plan on going to visit some of those neighborhoods with the festively light houses.

I know it seems like we are trying to squeeze a ton of Christmas stuff so early into the month, but I just don’t want to deprive M of a proper Christmas.

She’s at that age where she in absolutely in love with everything about holidays.  She’s currently in love with anything and everything that has to do with Christmas.  She loves browsing the holiday section at Target just to see the various ornaments and trees on display.  She loves browsing Pinterest for different Christmas crafts she and I can do together.  She loves watching her favorite TV shows do their holiday episodes.  She LOVES Christmas.  Who am I to keep her away from that because of this pregnancy?

I’m hoping we have this baby AFTER Christmas, but if we do, I’m confident that we are prepared to still provide M with a Christmas she deserves.

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Before bed, M and I sometimes browse Pinterest on my phone.

She LOVES looking through the Christmas pins, so we’ve been finding some toddler-friendly Christmas crafts to do.

One big shopping trip to Joann’s later, we had enough supplies to start working on these Christmas crafts.

M and I started with this pin.  Clicking on the picture will take you directly to the pin.  Clicking here will take you directly to the pin’s website.

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These items were super easy to find at Joann’s AND they were reasonably priced.  All these items costs less than $10 and we have enough to make about 10-15 candy canes.  Perfect to hang around the Christmas tree this year.

M loved stringing the beads onto the pipe cleaners.  She started off following a traditional candy cane pattern of alternating red and white, but after awhile I let her just do her own thing.  After finishing the first candy cane, she was so proud of herself.  She held it so carefully so she wouldn’t ruin the shape and would look at it many times.

She wanted to make a second one.  She started off ok, but being three years old, the lure of just playing with the beads was just too strong.  So I finished the second one for her, and I let her continue to play with the beads.  We counted them, lined them up on the ground, and sorted them by color.  It was a great learning opportunity AND a super fun craft!

I can’t wait to work on more Pinterest Christmas projects with her!

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My child is a marketing department’s dream come true.

Any toy she sees on a commercial, she immediately wants.

Not that I would get her every single toy that she wanted, but Christmas is coming up, so it’s that time of year that relatives start asking about what she would like for Christmas.

I asked around of Facebook for a good place to consolidate all of M’s wants for the year.

I received several comments about Amazon and their Wish Lists.

I figure that I should give it a try.  Amazon has EVERYTHING, so finding whatever she liked was a breeze.

I created a Christmas List specifically for M this year and we sat down together to figure out what toys she wanted to add.  It’s an ongoing project.  Every time she thinks of a toy, or sees something on TV, she tells me to add it to the list.

I do remind her that even if we put it on the list, she is not guaranteed to get it.  I don’t want her to think that putting it on the list automatically means she will have it in her hands on Christmas.

I also don’t expect a lot of her friends and relatives to get the exact items on the list.  I wanted to create the list, not only for people that wanted specific items to shop for, but for people that just wanted to know about what sort of things she is into and what sort of things she would like.

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What do you do to help your family and friends figure out what to get your child for Christmas?

 

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Christmas could not have come soon enough this year.  I think you can tell by my rare blog entries that it’s been a real challenge to keep from drowning in my “to-do list.”

It’s been a definite struggle to get everything ready.. between M and I getting sick.. and all the other obstacles we had to get through.. I’m exhausted!

But M is totally enjoying this holiday season.  It’s puts things into perspective having a kid around..

She LOVES Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas songs..

I love the way her eyes light up when we drive through neighborhoods with the awesomely lit homes.  I love the amazement in her eyes as she looks up a gigantic Christmas tree.  I love her reaction to seeing Santa Claus at the mall.  I love how she continually finds her “hidden” Christmas gifts in the closet and gets so excited knowing that she has those toys..

I love the way she appreciates the Christmas lights hanging in our apartment and the little 4ft tree that only has lights as it’s decoration…  I love how she always asks to turn “Christmas on” when ever we are home…

She helped me feel the Christmas spirit again.  She’s helped me feel the warmth and joy of the simple things that Christmas is about. 

It’s my job now to teach her WHY we have Christmas.  I know that at this age, it’s all about the lights and the presents.. but as she gets older, I hope to really instill in her the reasons why we have this holiday and that it will help her appreciate this season even more..

Merry Christmas to all my blog readers.  May you be blessed during this holiday season!


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