Ornamental Christmas Branch
Spray can of white paint
Large pot filled with sand
Hangers or ribbon
Find a tree branch with well formed limbs.
Spray paint it white.
Place tree branch in a pot filled with sand.
Choose a theme for your tree branch.
Hang ornaments from the limbs.
Place the ornamental branch in the corner of the room.
Christmas Luminarias (Lanterns)
White or brown paper lunch bags
Open a brown or white paper bag.
Fold down from the top approximately one and half inches.
Fold again from the lip at top.
Fill the bag to one third full of sand to keep a votive candle inside.
Place a votive candle at the bottom of each bag.
Set lanterns around sidewalks, patios or driveways.
Christmas Felt Banners
You will need:
Green or red felt
Needle and colored thread
Masking tape or velcro
Select five to seven medium sized Christmas cards.
Cut a piece of felt to make a long banner.
Sew a small hem at the top to insert a thin dowel.
Tape or secure the Christmas cards to the banner with velcro.
Insert the dowel through the hem.
Hang the Christmas banner.
You will need:
Old Christmas cards
Large lid (approximately 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches)
Shelf paper with peel off backing
Select about 14 to 16 Christmas cards to cut. Choose cards with Christmas scenes that are approximately 4 x 4 in dimension.
Place a large lid over a card. Trace out mangers, stars, angels, wise men or anything that depicts the Christmas story.
Repeat the process with several Christmas cards. You should end up with circular Christmas scenes.
Cut shelf paper to make a placemat that is approximately 12 x 18 inches. Take the backing off the shelf paper.
Carefully overlay lightly the Christmas circles you have cut in a big circle on the shelf paper backing. Start from the middle first and lay down about 4 circles. Proceed to the top of the shelf paper and begin overlaying each circle over the other.
After overlaying all the circles, press each Christmas circle into the sticky shelf paper. Smooth out each Christmas card. Use glue as needed on the placemat and overlaying cards.
Cut the shelf paper around each cut out Christmas card so that the shelf paper doesn’t show around the cut Christmas cards.
Twas the Night Before Christmas
Have copies of the poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas, for everyone to follow. This is a speed game. Have one person begin the recitation and abruptly end before the second line. The lead person points to someone to continue the recitation. If the second person cannot pick up where the first person left off within three seconds, he is eliminated from the game. The next person picks up the recitation and stops in midway. He points to another to continue the recitation. Whoever cannot immediately continue with the poem’s recitation is eliminated from the game. Continue to play until one person is left to read Twas the Night Before Christmas from beginning to end.