A Birthday Cake For Jesus

A tradition that we have held near and dear to our heart through the years is celebrating Jesus’ birthday.  The kids always loved singing “Happy Birthday Jesus”.  I have to admit that there were times there wasn’t a cake (like the year the kids spread frosting on their pancakes instead), but we always took the time to sing Jesus the Happy Birthday song.  We didn’t do anything fancy like what I’m posting here today, but we always sang and read about the birth of Jesus. (Luke 1-2)

Here is a great way to have a meaningful celebration with an object lesson that uses the cake to teach the plan of salvation.

Picture Source: Roadside Relics

Supplies Needed:
•1 or 2 layer chocolate cake
•white frosting
•angel figurine or sugar cookie
•12 red candles
•star
•plastic evergreens

1.  Begin by talking about birthdays, what they mean and why we celebrate them.
2.  Tell the story of Jesus’ birth either in your own words or with a story book.  For older children, have them read it from the bible (Luke 1-2)
3.  Now share with the children why Jesus came as you assemble and decorate your birthday cake.

Roundness of the Cake:
The shape of the cake is round with no end, showing that God’s love is never ending.  He loved us so much that he sent his only Son to die for our sins
(John 3:16)

Darkness of the Cake:
Before knowing Jesus, our hearts are like this dark cake, and we couldn’t get into heaven with our hearts so full of sin
(Romans 3:23)

White Frosting:
As you frost the cake explain that God did a wonderful thing when he sent his Son, Jesus, to die for our sins.
Now all the darkness is covered up, and Jesus washes our sins white as snow.
We are pure white in the sight of God.
When we ask Jesus to forgive all the bad things we’ve done, we are white like this frosting.
(Romans 6:23)

Angel Decoration:
(Place the angel decoration on the cake or have a child do it.)
The angel reminds us of the good tidings that were brought to the shepherds that night.
It also reminds us of the good tidings, or good news, that we can bring to others.
(Luke 2:10)

Star:
(Place the star decoration on the cake or have a child do it.)
The star reminds us of the star in Bethlehem and how the Wisemen followed it and worshiped the Lord Jesus.
It reminds us that we should worship and follow Him everyday.
We can do this by praying, reading our Bibles and going to church.

12 Red Candles:
(Place the candles on the cake.)
The red color reminds us of Jesus’ blood that was shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
Because he died and rose again, we can have eternal life and go to heaven if we believe.
(Romans 5:8)

Light the Candles:
(As you light the candles, say…)
Jesus can shine in our hearts if we just ask Him to be our Savior.
The 12 candles remind us to let His light shine every month of the year, not just at Christmas time
(Matthew 5:16).

Evergreens:
(Place the evergreens around the cake.)
Evergreens around the cake remind us of something living and growing.
If we have accepted Jesus into our hearts, we are going to grow and get to know Him more.
How can we grow to know Him better?
By praying, going to church, reading our bibles and sharing Him with others.
(John 15:5 or 2 Peter 3:18).

Now, light the candles and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

Source: Devotions In Motion from Mary Rice Hopkins and Company – Contributed by Leslie Ratliff

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Poster Board Christmas Tree

I’m re-posting my Cone Christmas Tree Tutorial from a few years ago because I have had many, many requests for the instructions (which I’m thrilled!).  Yesterday, I blew it and accidently deleted 3 of the emails that had asked me for the tutorial (ugh!).  I’m hoping that you will see this post, and if you do, please send your request again.  I promise I’m not ignoring you!  Just had a senior moment :-).

Hello friends and family!

Forgive me for being absent for so long… just got back into the country on Monday and have been playing a little bit of catch up.  Fall decor is down and boxed up.  Tonight the Christmas decorations will be hauled out of the attic and unpacked.

While I was gone, I received two emails from a fellow blogger demanding that I remove my “Cone Christmas Tree Tutorial” from my blog.  She had posted the instructions 2 years ago (I posted mine last year).  This year she has decided to sell the templates so I  need to remove my instructions.  She believes that she is the ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD who has come up with the method of making the template, using the tack/pencil/strip idea.  In my defense, my Mom and I made a Christmas Tree Skirt years ago using this method.  You can also use a piece of yarn or string (similar to a plumb line) and you will get the same outcome.

Since being home, I have received 2 threatening emails from her attorney.  I would love to be as catty, malicious, and ridiculous as my fellow blogger, but after a few days of praying, I’ve decided to take the high road and remove the instructions to making my Cone Christmas Tree.  My blog is not about making money, being the first in blog land to come up with an idea, or compete with other blogs.  I do it for the enjoyment of sharing and meeting other wonderful bloggers.  I just don’t want to be bullied.  My husband was ready to go toe-to-toe with the attorney, fly us to Texas if need be… is it really worth it though?  I mean, seriously?  That’s the world we live in today folks.  I’ve decided to not take part in this behavior.  It feels very freeing and I’m proud of myself!

If you are interested in making your own fun Cone Tree, please email me and I’d be happy to share my version of making them.  Just click on the envelope on the top, right hand-side of the column or click on the frame above that says, “Contact Me”.

I made 2 different sets of christmas trees.  They are so easy and fun!

The above trees are not setting on a candlestick/pedestal.

Here are the ones that I put on candlesticks (pedestals).  The embellishment on the top is a button that I found at Hancock Fabrics.

 

Challenging you to take the high road today!

 

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Poster Board Christmas Tree

Hello friends and family!

Forgive me for being absent for so long… just got back into the country on Monday and have been playing a little bit of catch up.  Fall decor is down and boxed up.  Tonight the Christmas decorations will be hauled out of the attic and unpacked.

While I was gone, I received two emails from a fellow blogger demanding that I remove my “Cone Christmas Tree Tutorial” from my blog.  She had posted the instructions 2 years ago (I posted mine last year).  This year she has decided to sell the templates so I  need to remove my instructions.  She believes that she is the ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD who has come up with the method of making the template, using the tack/pencil/strip idea.  In my defense, my Mom and I made a Christmas Tree Skirt years ago using this method.  You can also use a piece of yarn or string (similar to a plumb line) and you will get the same outcome.

Since being home, I have received a threatening certified letter from her attorney.  I would love to be as catty, malicious, and ridiculous as my fellow blogger, but after a few days of praying, I’ve decided to take the high road and remove the instructions to making my Cone Christmas Tree.  My blog is not about making money, being the first in blog land to come up with an idea, or compete with other blogs.  I do it for the enjoyment of sharing and meeting other wonderful bloggers.  I just don’t want to be bullied.  My husband was ready to go toe-to-toe with the attorney, fly us to Texas if need be… is it really worth it though?  I mean, seriously?  That’s the world we live in today folks.  I’ve decided to not take part in this behavior.  It feels very freeing and I’m proud of myself!

If you are interested in making your own fun Cone Tree, please email me and I’d be happy to share my version of making them.  Just click on the envelope on the top, right hand-side of the column or click on the frame above that says, “Contact Me”.

I made 2 different sets of christmas trees.  They are so easy and fun!

The above trees are not setting on a candlestick/pedestal.

Below are the ones that I put on candlesticks (pedestals).
The embellishment on the top is a button that I found at Hancock Fabrics.

 ♥Challenging you to take the high road today!♥

 

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Mesh Christmas Wreath Tutorial (Re-posted from last year)

Hello everyone! If you are like me, you’re  busy getting ready for company coming for Thanksgiving.

I’m so excited.  Everyone will be home!!!!

I noticed today that my mesh wreath Christmas tutorial from last year got more visits than the main blog page!

How does that happen?

So here it is…. on the main page :-)…

A re-run from last year.

Enjoy!

I made such an easy wreath a few days ago…and I remembered to take pictures!

I have never made one of these mesh wreaths before.
It was soooo easy.  Anyone could do this.

1.  Lay your wreath on a flat surface and “fluff” the branches so they are sticking up and out.

I purchased a 22 inch wreath from Michael’s.  It was $2.99

2.  Scrunch up your mesh.

You can purchase the mesh at Michael’s, but our Michael’s was sold out so I went to a wholesale florist shop to purchase it.
It runs about 12.99 a role.

3.  Lay your scrunched part of the mesh in between 2 branches.

4.  Twist the 2 branches around your mesh.

5.  Repeat the scrunch and twist about every 6 inches until you come to the first loop.  Tuck the ends through the wreath
so they are hidden on the backside of the wreath.

6.  Next, cut ribbons (I used 2.5 inch wired ribbon in two different patterns) in 6-8 inch strips and randomly “twist” them
into the wreath just as you did the “scrunch” part of the mesh (you just won’t be making the loop part).

This is what it should look like.

7.  Randomly hot glue your ornaments into the wreath.   Add any type of foliage, randomly placing them into the wreath.
8.  I added two ornaments to the center.   I attached them to a ribbon and then strung the ribbon through the wreath.

 

What do you think?

I’m hoping to finish up my decorating tomorrow.  I have a Christmas Tree tutorial that I’d like to share with you.  You can see one in the left hand, bottom corner in the picture above.

See you tomorrow!

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Merry Christmas!

Today it felt like Christmas because I was able to give than receive.

I’m thankful that God has given me a heart

that would prefer to give than receive.

I’m thankful that I know a God who loves me unconditionally,

just as I am with all of my faults.

I’m thankful for a God who washed me clean of all my sins.

I’m thankful for a baby who was born in a manger with nothing,

so I could have it all.

I’m blessed.

From the bottom of my heart…

I wish each and every one of you a Christmas that you cherish.

A Christmas that gives you that full feeling in your heart that is hard to describe.

A Christmas that brings that “childhood” feeling that compares to nothing.

I wish all of you a blessed Christmas.

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Welcome To My Dining Room

My dining room is my favorite room in our house.  I love the colors and it’s very warm and welcoming.  It’s the first room you see when you walk in our front door.  It used to be the formal living room.  Our life style doesn’t lend itself to a formal living room, so we took out a wall and put in a wall.  The formal living room became the formal dining room and the old formal dining room became an extra room that we use as an extra “tv room” for my daughter and her friends.

We had an early Christmas dinner with extended family.  Here is the table “dressed up” a bit.

I like to keep it pretty simple.  I love seeing all the tablescapes in Blog Land.

For me, the less on the table, the better and I like my center pieces to be low so people can see each other over them.

This is my Bernardaud Louvre china that my husband
surprised me with a few years ago.
We had a very small wedding and we didn’t register for china.
I always thought I’d never want china…funny how that changed as I got older.
I want something to pass on to my children.
At first I was scared to use them! But now I use them at birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I loved showing you my dining room and Christmas tablescape!

After looking at this picture I think I need to invest in a few more chairs that match this dining room set!

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Christmas Traditions At Turnstyle Vogue

Good Morning!

I’m being featured over at Turnstyle Vogue!Turnstyle Vogue

If you have never been to Shari’s blog, you’re in for a treat!

Shari has a great eye for style and has refurbished some amazing pieces of furniture.

Come by and say “Hi!”

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My Christmas Lovelies

I’ve had so much fun this year decorating for Christmas.  I have re-done all of my decorations because of all the inspiration I have gotten from all of YOU special people in Blog Land!  The only thing that I didn’t tackle this year is changing the decorations on my fireplace mantel.

Here is a few pictures of all the special lovelies in my house.  I hope you enjoy them as much I have. Thank you, to all of you for the great inspiration.  Next year I’ll tackle the fireplace mantel.

 

On Wednesday,  December 21st I will be doing a feature post for Shari at Turn Style Vogue.  If you haven’t visited her blog, you’re missing out! Her furniture that she refurbishes is gorgeous!

I’ll be back to show you my Christmas Tablescape soooooon!

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A Sweet Gingerbread House

Okay, I’ll confess… the gingerbread house isn’t the sweetest thing in this post…it’s my sweet, sweet grandson, Connor.

He made his first gingerbread house when he came for a visit and I (Nana) got to ooooo and ahhhhh over how darn cute he was and what a great job he did!

Karen, his mom mixed up the gingerbread (see recipe below), rolled it out, cut it out, baked it, made the frosting (see recipe below) and put the house together for Connor to decorate.

I’ve made gingerbread houses before and they didn’t turn out this well.  This recipe is a great recipe!

Okay…here is when the really sweet part begins!!!

Connor will be 2 in January and he has never had candy before.  When we put the bags of candy in front of him, he had no idea what it was.

When his Mom, Karen, (my wonderful d-in-law) put the gingerbread house in front of him, Connor knew we were going to have some fun.

Mom gave Connor instructions and Connor caught on very quickly!

The sweetest little fingers you ever did see!

He also caught on real quick, if you put the candy in your mouth it tasted really good!

After Connor placed a candy onto the house…

We would clap for him.  Pretty soon, he caught on and would clap too!

He is working very hard to make his sweet little house beautiful!

TADA!!!!! Good job Connor!

I AM ONE PROUD NANA!!!!

Gingerbread Recipe

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup light molasses or dark corn syrup
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water

Cream everything together except the flour until well blended and smooth. Slowly add flour and mix together. Place in fridge for around 30 minutes until dough is stiff.

Roll out dough and cut into piece for the house.
I used the Wilton gingerbread house cookie cutters that I found at Michaels. But you could cut your own piece with a knife if you wish. Do not seperate out the pieces of the house from the excess gingerbread. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes until dough is firm. I overbaked mine until they were stiff so it would be easier to put together.

Trim around pattern of house again and separate the pieces from the rest of the dough.
Let cool completely.

Make royal icing.

To attach the house pieces together use the royal icing with egg white.

2 cups powdered sugar
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla

Make the royal icing recipe again minus the egg white for decorating. This will allow the icing to be safe to eat in case any kids want to take a few licks 🙂:)

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Christmas Kitty

The tree is all decorated and so far so good… Tux has not gotten INTO it… he does hang out UNDER it though.  You can see the reason I didn’t get to decorate the tree last year if you click HERE.

Here it is with no kitty and no gifts under it.  The gifts are all purchased, I’ll have to take a day and wrap, wrap, wrap.  It’s supposed to rain on Wednesday so I’m thinking that will be a good day to turn on some Christmas music and pretend it’s snowing outside :-).

Did you notice the wonky star on top? This tree has a pathetic little “nub”!  I get it straight and then I put the ladder away and look back up and it’s crooked again!!! Guess what? It’s gonna stay that way.  I told my family not to look at it and I don’t want to talk about it.  If they want to get the ladder out every 10 minutes AND THEN PUT IT AWAY.  Go for it.

Here’s a few up close and personals…just because.

I purchased these icicles a few years ago at Costco.  They are glass and they are beautiful on the tree!  They just sparkle…of course a picture never does the “sparkle” part justice.

Tux has decided he’s going to be a good boy this year with the tree.

He is so big this year that I think if he did try to climb up into it, he would knock it right over!

BUT, guess what he has done TWICE this week?


He’s brought mice into the house!  Thursday night I heard him come in the doggie door, and out of the corner of my eye I saw him go around the corner.  I thought he had something in his mouth, but I couldn’t tell… next thing you know my daughter comes screaming out of her room (she is the one that rescued Tux as a tiny kitten…less than 1 lb!) that there was a mouse on her curtain!  It took my husband almost an hour to catch the mouse (it ended up being a Norwegian Rat…at least they are kinda cute) and turn it loose outside.  Tux and Mia both helped round it up.

Then last night, he came in, went straight under the tree and plopped a live mouse down.  Then chased it all over having a great time.  He seriously thinks these little guys are toys.  He is bringing us Christmas gifts! ha!  My husband is getting very good at catching these little critters and tossing them out front….ALIVE.  My daughter would freak if he killed them.  Ugh.

I have to say that Tux keeps our lives very interesting.

It’s a good thing he’s cute.

Come on back tomorrow evening…I’ll have Highlights posted from “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able” Link Party #12… and another new party will begin….

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