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Handprints and footprints for Christmas keepsakes

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Before having kids, Christmas was that glamorous night full of festivities and gifts, delicious food and lots of booze, and back home for the family gathering.

Now, with my boys (nady 5 and joud 2) are here, Christmas is not just that night, it is 24 days and 24 nights to it. Beautiful decorations can’t be those expensive intact objects, they are keepsakes done with tiny hands and big love. Red or green are not just ordinary colors. Santa becomes mom’s best friend and chocolate can replace a meal . . . Yes i turn into an elf to be able to communicate with santa and change the letters (toys) many times!

Christmas is more than just this night or day, it’s the anticipation to it that makes you live the season beaming with excitement and joy.  Against all odds, my Christmas is not a classic one, the star is not anymore on top of the tree, it fell from the summit to spark in their eyes and Jesus left his crib to be born in their heart. My Christmas is THEM!

Christmas Keepsakes, kids will love doing their footprint and handprint as christmas tree, snowman, santa and rudolph.

Very easy and fun project to keep for the life. We spent a joyful time together doing them. Wish you lots of laughters as much and more than we had. And let the magic of the season start!

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Santa napkin – DIY

santa napkin - DIYThis is the first time i am hosting my family for Christmas dinner after 4 years of marriage; we were alternating between my parents house and my in laws. I am beaming with excitement, it’s also Joud’s first Christmas. I want everything to be up to this special holiday, this year should be memorable.

Beside crafting some of the decorations with my son, my little artist, dressing the table for the traditional réveillon, is as important. A simple yet enticing Santa napkin will add a festive mood to the dinner.

santa napkin - DIYIt’s so simple and easy that your little ones can be involved in the making. All you need is red napkins, white pompoms and click here to download a printable file for Santa’s face that you need to cut out.

Here is a sneak pic to how my table will look like on Christmas Eve.

santa napkin - DIYFollow this step by step tutorial to see how to make this cute Santa, it will take less than 5 minutes:

how to do santa napkinPlace one on each plate, wow your guests and let your table radiate with joy!

santa napkin - DIY

You can check here previous posts form Marmite et ponpon on napkin folding and napkin rings for Christmas:

It’s never early to start celebrating. Happy holidays to all. Ho Ho Ho!

santa napkin - DIY

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Reindeer advent calendar DIY

reindeer advent calendar

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen, the flying reindeers leading Santa Claus sleigh will surprise you with a treat everyday 🙂

I know it’s not the time to start the countdown, but if you are willing to do your Advent Calendar by yourself as we did, you will need to prepare for it. Anyways it’s in three days.

So easy and fun to do. A great way to introduce Christmas to your toddler and live the fun of the season everyday. You will need:

  • 25 beige paper (200gsm) not too thick. you decide on the size depending how big you want to make the cone head
  • brown felt to do the antlers, i used approx. quarter meter. If you can’t find felt, use any thick paper to let the antlers stand.
  • 25 red pompoms for the nose
  • 50 wiggling eyes
  • red thread
  • 25 clothspin
  • numbers from 1-24
  • UHU liquid glue, and UHU patafix to fix the clothspins on the wall

how to do reindeerreindeer antlersAs the step by step above picture shows, create a cone very similar to the popcorn one. stick the eyes and nose, better say let your child enjoy sticking them in the right place! Cut the antlers and stick them (i used the UHU liquid glue), make two holes on both sides to insert the red thread. The last thing to do, stick the numbers on the clothspin and attach it to the thread.

advent calendar for christmasAttach them on the wall in tree shape from 1 to 24. I used UHU patafix to not spoil the paint. You can hang them on a wire (thread) next to each other if your plan is not to fix them on the wall.

Let the countdown begin!

advent calendar with nadyadvent calendar reindeeradvent calendar with candiesI kept the last 2 rows empty, Nady has always his new games and rules, he was enjoying hiding his small toys. Anyways we won’t be here to use them, didn’t i mention we are going home to celebrate Christmas with our family??! Yes, we are and can’t wait!

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