Christmas Recipes, Crafts, and Fun Ideas
December 15, 2021
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Mercy Every Minute
Deborah Wuehler, TOS Senior Editor
She Who Believed
When Luke recorded the very first Christmas celebration, we see that the celebration began well before that baby was even born. We can also celebrate all month with wonderful outings, decorations, caroling, special recipes, crafts, and fun ideas.
When Mary went to visit Elisabeth, they both began to celebrate the coming birth of Christ. Elisabeth knew immediately she was in the Lord’s presence and was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Am I able to recognize the Lord’s presence here with me?
Is all of this fuss for nothing, or can I go about this holiday filled with the Holy Spirit as Elisabeth? The answer to finding the presence of the Prince of Peace with us is to begin searching for Him in all we do until we find Him, a humble babe who laid the glories of heaven down and put on our flesh to give us the gift of His life.
Am I holding on to a promise that only God seems to really understand?
The answer for peace in the unanswered lies in Elisabeth’s response: “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).
Keep celebrating, keep believing, keep searching for Him, and make the best of this holy-day, holiday season as you find the presence of Christ in all you do this month.
Below are some wonderful ways to celebrate . . .
A Few of Our Favorite Things
Holiday Fun Ideas
Enjoy this collection of some popular articles from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® and Homeschooling with Heart blog offering fun ideas for kids of all ages.
Your kitchen can be a fun place to teach your child life skills, build relationships, and make wonderful memories. Read more . . .
Think about what happens when you sit down to play a game. Initially, the world shrinks to the people around the table. You stop worrying about homework, projects, and whatever you need to do before tomorrow. Instead, you are focused on the now. Read more . . .
Reflections for the Holiday Season
Take a break from the hustle and bustle to recharge your spirit with timeless messages from these contributors to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® and the Homeschooling with Heart blog.
God is whispering to you to celebrate Him. Seasons of our life will change, but He will never change. He is worthy of celebration. Read more . . .
Four Pillars to Look Back on This Year
Wrap up the year with these evergreen articles—one in each of our four homeschool support pillars.
Pillar of Faith
Be An Example
What is one of the best roles we can play? That of being an example. Our children need godly examples to look up to.
Pillar of Knowledge
Embracing Teachable Moments
Creating an environment of relaxed learning helps children to learn more and allows the parents to homeschool with less stress.
Pillar of Hope
Praying Not to Mess Up
Keep the focus on what you can do. Enjoy the journey and fill the time with love and laughter. Make the time together as valuable as the activities.
Pillar of Future
Is It Time to Rewrite Our Holiday Traditions?
It has been important to hold on to those holiday routines that are most meaningful to us, letting go of others that cause excessive stress or conflict.
Winter Recipe Resources
Pumpkin Pound Cake With Warm Walnut Sauce
Pumpkin Pound Cake
- 1½ c butter softened
- 2¾ c sugar
- 6 eggs
- 1½ c whole wheat flour
- 1½ c all purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1 c canned pumpkin
- 1 c brown sugar packed
- ½ c heavy whipping cream
- ¼ c corn syrup
- 2 tbsp butter
- ½ c chopped walnuts
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl.2¾ c sugar
- Add eggs, one at a time.6 eggs
- Stir in vanilla.1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternating with pumpkin and mixing just until combined.1½ c whole wheat flour, 1½ c all purpose flour, ½ tsp baking powder, ¾ tsp ground cinnamon, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cloves, 1 c canned pumpkin
- Pour into two greased and floured 9 x 5 loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 65–70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Put on a wire rack to cool completely
- Combine brown sugar, cream, corn syrup, and butter in a saucepan.1 c brown sugar, ½ c heavy whipping cream, 2 tbsp butter, ¼ c corn syrup
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 5 minutes longer.
- Remove from the heat; stir in walnuts and vanilla. Serve warm over the cake.½ c chopped walnuts, ½ tsp vanilla extract
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Holiday Craft Corner
- #2 safety pins
- Pair of scissors or a rotary cutter and mat
- Basic sewing supplies
- Strips of fabric measuring 3.5” x 22”
- ⅜-inch elastic
- Choose your fabric, and cut it to size. You can use a rotary cutter and ruler for this step, or if you are doing this project with your children, you can use scissors. When cutting from regular cotton fabrics, you can get two out of every strip you cut, since fabric is normally 44” wide.
- Fold fabric in half lengthwise, with the wrong side out. You are going to sew this into a tube that is open on both ends.
- Measure and cut your elastic to 8.25”. A package of elastic will normally make eight or nine scrunchies.
- Insert a safety pin into one end of the elastic. Place this end of your elastic into the tube about 1.5”. Sew this end with your machine and go over it at least four times. This is going to have a lot of wear.
- Using the safety pin, you are going to turn the scrunchie right side out. Make sure you do not lose the other end of your elastic. Once you have fed the safety pin all the way through the scrunchie, attach it to the other end of the elastic while you continue to turn the scrunchie right side out.
- Sew the two ends of the elastic together. You want to go over this seam at least four times.
- Turn the raw edges of the fabric under and slip it over the other end. Use a blind stitch to connect the ends. Make sure to sew around the scrunchie and not all the way through. I predict you will make these not only for the holidays but also for many occasions for years to come.
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