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Homemade Christmas Traditions

We have several homemade Christmas traditions in our family that I've also made and given as gifts. I already posted this on my personal blog, but I thought you Ladies might enjoy it as well.

Here's a few of them:

Felt Nativity Hand Puppets: Several years ago I made these hand puppets at a Super Saturday craft day at my church. They were so easy!! We don't have enough people in our family to act out the Nativity - so this is our alternative.

Laminated Finch Family Nativity: This is my favorite Christmas gift to make for friends with small kiddos. Print out the "Away in Manger" project in the The Best of Family Home Evening CD on card stock, cut, and laminate.

Since I have a terrible voice, I made a CD of all the songs to go with it. I put wrote the corresponding songs and CD track # on the back of each one as well as a Velcro dot. My boys pick a Nativity character and we sing along with the CD. You can also print out all the words to the songs here.

I've used this for so many things: Family Home Evenings, singing time at church, play group activity, and as a lesson help.

My mom made me this beautiful Stamped Christmas Advent Calendar several years ago. I put it on my fridge but you could also put this on a cookie sheet as well. Make it for your family or for a friend as a gift.

I forgot this Christmas tradition in my last post. Wrap up 25 Christmas books and unwrap one and read it every night until Christmas. It's a wonderful way to get have your children practice as well as get in the Christmas spirit.

Also, I received this as a party favor Saturday night and thought it was so lovely! It's the Legend of the Star. I've put it on Executive Homemaker. Simply print out the card and attach it to a beautiful star like this one.

What are some of your Christmas Traditions?