last minute gift ideas with free printable tags

Thank you to one of our readers, we were made aware that ‘the’ was spelled wrong in the ‘Scent of Christmas’ tags.  This has now been updated and fixed. Unfortunately, the pictures with the tags will still show it spelled the wrong way.  Thank you, Kelly, for pointing it out to us!

I’m sure you have been just as busy as we have with the holidays fast approaching. Jess and I have some fun ideas to share with you, but finding the time to blog it is a different story. I am going to share with you a few last minute gift ideas that I have done this year.

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

 

Glitter Ornaments

The first idea are these DIY glitter ornaments.

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By now, I’m sure everyone has seen these ornaments I made last year.

DIY Glitter-Ornaments

This year, I put the glitter on the outside. It can be a bit more messy, but I think they turned out cute. The kids had fun making them too.

What you need:

- Clear Ornament

- The negative part of stickers or cut out contact paper using your Silhouette or Cricut.

- Glue (I used Martha Stewart roll on glue, but I also made them with the Pledge Floor Cleaner like last years ornaments.)

- Glitter

-  ‘Fake Snow’ for inside the ornament.

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Put your shape onto your ornament. Put some glue or floor cleaner on the area where you want the glitter. Pour glitter onto it and shake it off. Peel of  ‘sticker’ and you will have a glittery shape. I added some fake snow inside the clear ornament to give it more of a wintery effect. Below is a picture of the ‘sticker’ before adding glue and glitter.

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Soup in a Jar with Free Printable

The second idea is soup in a jar.

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I’m sure you have seen lots of ‘soup in a jar’ ideas. This is just another one. But, everyone likes soup right? And when it is all prepared for you, it’s even better! I am going to direct you to the blog that I got the recipe from for the directions… Ma What’s For Dinner

I liked this one because you add crushed tomatoes, which just makes it even yummier (I know Jess would disagree, but that is ok).

I also bought a soup mug from the dollar store and added an initial in vinyl onto the mug. Sort of like I did here.  Of course these mugs would also make great gifts.

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I created these printable tags for you to add to your soup in a jar.

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Click on the image below to download and print.

soup in a jar printable

 

Scent of Christmas Bags and Christmas Tiered Platter With Printable Tags

*Update-At the time I made these platters I did not realize that it says on the bottom ‘for decorative use only’. So, these may not be safe for food.  Sorry!

This last one is my favorite. I don’t know if it’s the tiered platter or the ‘Scent of Christmas’ bags that I like most!

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Remember the tiered platters I made last summer here?

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When I saw the blue, silver and red Christmas platters at Target for only $1.99, I knew I had to make some more platters. I still used the glass candlesticks from Walmart, but I only used one on these. I also couldn’t find a bowl to match the blue, so I bought a clear bowl and I love it!

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I saw these ‘Scent of Christmas’ Bags on I heart Naptime. I thought they were so cute and think they will make great neighbor gifts. Basically you are putting in oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves and cranberries. The tags tell you how to ‘cook’ it on the stove to get the scent of Christmas in your house.

To get the recipe click here. Landee See Landee Do actually created these bags with free tags. But, there were a lot of people having problems downloading the tags. So, I created some for you.

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Click HERE or on the image below to download and print the UPDATED VERSION OF THIS TAG!

For best results, print on quality 8.5 x 11 inch white paper. 

The scent of Christmas

 

Aren’t these so cute inside the tiered platter? I do believe they are.

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Hope these ideas help some of you looking for last minute gifts.

Merry Christmas~

Jenny

 

 

my favorite peanut butter balls

These peanut butter balls are the best.

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My friend Caryn has been making them for years. Last year she shared how to make these frosted glass bottles.

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I don’t know if it’s the Rice Chex Cereal or marshmallow cream that makes these better than other peanut butter balls. I guess it doesn’t matter. They are my favorite and I think you would agree.

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Plus, they are super easy to make.

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Wrap them up in a cute bag and they make great gifts for neighbors or teachers.

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Or just eat them yourself.

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Yum!

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter

7 oz. marshmallow cream

1.5 cups Rice Chex

1.5 cups chocolate chips

4 tsp. shortening

 

Combine peanut butter and marshmallow cream. Add the Rice Chex.

Roll the mixture into balls. (I like to use my pampered chef scoop)

Melt the chocolate chips and shortening together gradually in the microwave.

Dip balls in chocolate.

Refrigerate the balls until they harden.

 

Enjoy~

Jenny

Our “Buddy” Elves

 Well Folks, it’s that time of year again! The most Wonderful time of the year!  Time to decorate the tree, put up the Christmas lights, sip on some hot cocoa, hope and pray for a snow day or two and celebrate the reason for the season!! Also a time when I can FINALLY listen to my Justin Bieber Christmas Cd without judgment!!??  (Well, not sure that will EVER happen!) Jenny is interrupting this post to say that I love the Bieber Christmas CD too! Little Drummer Boy. Love it.  

And guess what?! Our Elf friend, Buddy is back!!! (You can read all about Buddy in this post here and here.)  And even better, he now has a blogging buddy Elf friend!

Jenny’s family welcomed their own Elf on the Shelf this year! And you’ll never guess what they named him?! BUDDY!! We do lead parallel lives after all! OF COURSE, we would name our elves the same thing! OR perhaps, our families both just REALLY love the movie ELF!

Here is a picture of how Jenny’s Buddy arrived! There was a  letter from Santa explaining that his elves can be a bit naughty. He told her kiddos that because they know Jesus, they may need to give him a little grace, just like Jesus does for them!

Originally our Buddy would have arrived on Thanksgiving, that is our tradition, but when we realized how early Thanksgiving was and how much more creative that meant we had to be, we decided to wait until December 1st!

For our Buddy’s first morning, he arrived with a jar full of sugar, kisses, magic sprinkles  and special directions!

 

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SO after planting their kisses in the sugar, adding the magical sprinkles, the kids woke up to this!

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 Meanwhile, Jenny’s Buddy was up to a WHOLE lot of FUN at their house!!! In true Buddy the Elf, style!!

‘We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup!’

This morning we found our Buddy reading the story of Jesus’ birth to a few of the kid’s toy friends- the Ninjago and Rapunzel seem to be really into it!!!

 

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His buddy, Buddy, was having a good ole’ time getting into Jenny’s craft supplies and making a Christmas Chain!

We’ll continue you to keep you updated on all of our Elves’ shenanigans! Well…that is when we remember to actually make them happen!! The first two nights I was scrambling out of bed at midnight and then again at 11 because I forgot to take care of our little Elf friend!!

Especially for my friend Dawn, it’s not easy being an overachieving Elf on the Shelf Mommy!!

~JESS

The best way to spread christmas cheer…{Free Printable}

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Buddy the Elf said it best. It’s one of our favorite movies. Every year we decorate the house the weekend after Thanksgiving and then settle in to watch ‘Elf’. It’s funny. EVERY. TIME. I thought this print would be fun to add to our decorations this year. And lucky for you I designed an 8×10 and 11×14 for you to print as well (It will not be scalloped like above).

Click on the images below to download and print. The watermark will not appear on the actual print.

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Christmas Cheer Green 8x10-2

 

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The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer Free Printable 11x14-2

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Now go sing!

~Jenny

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Our etsy shop {personalized prints and wood signs}

Today we’d like to share with you some of the products we sell in our Etsy Shop.

Last February we sold these signs on Groopdealz. We sold quite a few of them and since then we’ve had lots of requests from our readers to make more. So, today we are happy to announce that we have finally created a limited amount. Click here or on the image below to purchase this sign for only $22.00. 

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We also have other distressed hand painted wood signs as well. Click on any image below to visit our Etsy Shop.

Personalized wood signs for teachers. 5.25 x 5 inches.

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7 x 16 inch ‘JOY’ wood signs.

Green Joy      Red Joy   

5.75 x 8 inch wood ‘JOY’ signs.

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5.75 x 8 inch ‘love’ and ‘Count Your Blessings’ wood signs.

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8 x 8.5 inch ‘love’ sign.

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We also sell personalized prints.

Grandpa  

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Baby

We will be back soon with more DIY gift ideas!

~Jenny & Jess

Pin’talicious Snow Day and A Winner!

Let me first start my post with some VERY exciting news!! WE GOT SNOW!! SO excited!! (obviously!)

And now for more exciting news (we’ll get back to the snow soon!). We have a winner for the ADORABLE Molly’s Sweet Peas Giveaway! I LOVED these hats, so cute!! And the winner is……

JUDIE GROSS!!  Yay Judy!! Molly posted her info on her Facebook page to so you can email her with your info!

We will have another giveaway coming up on Friday so stay tuned folks!! (We love to do giveaways!)

So did I mention that it FINALLY SNOWED!? We don’t usually get a lot of snow here in Western Washington so it is usually a big deal when we do, you know people can’t drive if it is more than a couple of inches, school is cancelled, sleds and snow shovels that get used once a year are dusted off and used for a day or two all winter!! It is GREAT FUN!

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This is what my mantle has looked like since I sadly took down all our Christmas décor. I kept wishing and hoping and waiting for it to work it’s magic and “Let it Snow” as my sign says!!

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I had to use pictures of the snow from LAST YEAR since there obviously weren’t any from this year, until NOW!!!

 

And since today is Monday, our day to share our Pinterest inspirations, I HAD to share SNOW related pins! Luckily, I had a few that I was hoping would come in handy!!

 

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I LOVE this wood sign! I just recently found it so it will have to go into the “to make” board for next year!

 

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Snow Cream! I keep hearing my Facebook friends say how yummy this is  but I have yet to try it! But, that has more to do with my OCD germy issues than anything else. Still trying to get past that!  They say to get clean snow, but how do I know if it is clean? (See I have issues, working on it!)

If you are looking for some fun things to do in the ‘real’ snow I think your kids would love this from Really Quite Lucky Put food coloring in a spray bottle or some other type of container to draw pictures in the snow!

 

Or how about a science experiment? Check out how to make these snow bubbles at Science Made Fun.

 

I also love this idea. Freeze ice cubes that have been colored and then put them around the yard for a fun scavenger hunt. You could even do different colors and have the colors be a certain amount of points! Check out more ideas at Parents.

 

You all might recognize this one from our blog but I just can’t think about the snow theme without remembering Jenny’s adorable waterless snow globes!

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And lastly, here is a fun idea for those of you that don’t have snow, but would like to pretend! Ten Kids And A Dog shows a fun way to make snow playdoh!

 

Well folks, since it is snowing where we live I’m going to keep this short, so I can actually go enjoy the snow!! And make my kids hot chocolate when they come inside freezing from their snow adventures!!

Check back in this week, we have a couple of really YUMMY recipes and a giveaway on Friday!!!

And while I am really excited about the snow (did you catch that?!), I also want to take a minute to recognize this day in honor of a great man who fought for equality in our country and share two of my favorite quotes from  Martin Luther King Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

”I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

 

~JESS

‘Let It snow’ Free printable {8×10}

Jess asked me a few days ago if I could do a winter printable. She was putting away her Christmas décor and said she was sad it was time to move on from Christmas. We finally got around to putting our things away yesterday and I was sad too. It was especially hard to take down all the beautiful work that Courtney did here.

I guess it is time to move on from Christmas, but not necessarily from Winter! And because we haven’t had any snow here in the northwest, we thought it would be fun to create a ‘Let it snow’ printable. Maybe now that I’ve set this out it may just snow!

After I printed mine out I added a dot of glitter to the snowflakes.

Glitter makes everything better.

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I’ve designed three colors for you to choose from.

Click on any picture below to print.

*We print on ink jet printers using a quality matte paper.

Let It Snow beige

Let It Snow bluish

Let It Snow green

Do you like the snow?

Have you had any yet where you live?

If so, send it my way!

~Jenny

Make your own glitter ornaments

Yes, I realize Christmas is over.

But, this post is to encourage you to go out and purchase clear ornaments that are now on clearance at most craft stores.

I was able to get them for .40 cents on December 23rd.

So, they are probably a great price now.

You will want to make these next year. They are so easy and make a perfect personalized gift. Of course, I found the idea on Pinterest!

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What you need:

Glitter

Clear Ornaments (glass or plastic)

Pledge Floor Care Finish

Step one:

Take off the silver top. Pour some of the cleaner in the ornament.

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Then swirl the cleaner around the inside of the ornament. Try to avoid bubbles. See all my pretty glitter colors? I got all 12 of those at Michael’s for half off. I only spent $6.50.

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Then pour the excess cleaner back into the jar. I was able to set my smaller ornaments in the hole to drain it.

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Next, pour a good amount of glitter inside the ornament. I used a Dixie cup to set my ornament in to make it sturdy.

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Then swirl the glitter around the ornament so that it is completely covered with glitter. You may have to add more.

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Next, pour the excess glitter back into the glitter jar. You may have to use a funnel, it just happened to be the perfect size for me so I didn’t use one.

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Once you get the excess glitter out, wipe it down a bit and put the silver top back on. Here are all the colors I did in a about an hour and a half.

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Then I got to work personalizing them with my vinyl (our favorite place to get vinyl is from Expressions Vinyl) My dad is a big WSU fan, I made that one for him. I also made a UW one for my step-dad. I forgot to take a picture of it since I did it the next day. It’s funny because I grew up watching the Cougars with my dad, so I sort of feel the need to root for them. But, since I got my degree from UW it also seems wrong. When I told my dad I was planning to go to UW, he actually said to me, ‘Good luck paying for it’. True story. ;) You can see why I would at least still root for them.

P.S. My dad was just joking about paying for it.

Although, I think it still pained him.

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I also have to explain the Seahawks one. I love my best friend. And she loves the Seahawks. She is actually pretty crafty when she wants to be, but to her credit she just doesn’t have time these days. She just went back to school and works the days she is not at school. Here is the gift that she gave to me, Caryn and Courtney this year.

Can you see what that says?

‘Big plans, ran out of time-make something cool!’

That was our gift. To all three of us. A plain jar with a taped note telling us us to make something ourselves! I love her.

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So, I decided to put the glitter in the jar she gave me and make something for her. I think it turned out cute!

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Now, go out and get those clear ornaments that are all on clearance, so that you can make your own ornaments next year!


This last part of the post is mostly for Jess. She had told me about how she had seen bloggers making wreaths out of hangers using ornaments. So, I bought some from the dollar section and saved them. I actually did look up how to make them a while ago, but I didn’t bother to go back and look at it. We were having a lazy day at home on the 23rd, so I decided to put  nine year old in charge and have the kids help her. Seemed easy enough.

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Doesn’t look too shabby. Not necessarily what I had seen in the pictures, but since the kids had made it I was going to let it be. Until this happened. 

I dropped it. Not once. But, TWICE!

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Then I was just annoyed.

So, I wrapped it up as a gift for our annual White Elephant gift exchange we do on Christmas day. It was so perfect that my mom was actually the one that got the gift because she had been over the day we had made it.

I should have taken a picture of the warped wreath.

But, I think her face says it all.

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I will let Jess show you that craft next year.

Happy New Year Everyone!

~Jenny

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Post Christmas Post!

 

Hello Plum Adorable friends! Jenny and I have missed you! We have been absent from the blogging world for the good part of the past week and  a half.  Life was simply too crazy to even THINK about posting to our blog (okay, I did THINK about it and felt guilty for NOT doing it but there was NO WAY it was going to happen!). I did LOVE Jenny’s last blog about the reason for the season and was so glad she was able to take the time to get that posted!

How was your Christmas?? Was it jolly? Peaceful? Hectic? Fun? Filled with Family?

Mine was all of the above! And sadly enough, I only took 5 pictures the whole day! WHAT!? Really??

YES! ONLY 5! How am I supposed to document and preserve those memories (remember I am a scrap booker and blogger, I NEED photos!). So sad!

AND if that wasn’t bad enough…. I only took 1  photo of our Elf on the Shelf, Buddy, for the past 10 days! I KNOW!!! I failed! I was supposed to blog and give an Elf on the Shelf Part 3 post (as per our previous agreement in this stunningly clever titled post here.) So sad to say this is my only and last photo of Buddy before he journeyed back to the North Pole until next Thanksgiving (that is when he shows up at our house!).

 

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At least it was a cute photo! Buddy added hearts to the roof of the kid’s gingerbread house while they slept! (Notice the hearts in white icing on the roof and the icing in buddies hands!) The last day he was with us, he was sitting on the front door ledge, ready to head home! (NO, I didn’t get a photo of that either!) Next year, it will be better! It will be EPIC! I will take pictures daily and will be more creative too! (See, now you have something to look forward to ALL year. The anticipation is already burning you up huh?!)

Honestly, I thought about trying to re-create all the things we did but that just seemed too fake and honestly (the real reason I didn’t do it) much too time consuming!

We had a great couple weeks working up to Christmas, very busy but so fun! Christmas parties, class parties, office parties, birthday parties, including our own little man, Cole who is a strapping 7 year old now!!  Our weekends and evenings were so packed that I didn’t do my Christmas shopping until literally 3 days before Christmas and I NEVER do that! Have you and I met? I am overly organized and overly planned on all most things! I thought it might end up being fun, getting out there and making it all happen in the hours before Christmas….um not so much!! They didn’t have half of what I was “planning” on getting or needed. But in the end, it all worked out!

We got to be part of a beautiful candlelight service on Christmas Eve (and this year both kids stayed with us rather going to childcare and both kids got to hold their own candle, they are growing up so fast!) We have been blessed with an amazing church family and Christmas was a perfect time to remember that blessing in our lives!

Christmas day was busy and fun and perfect! We got to see both sides of the family (that live in the area) and got to spend time just talking and catching up with our loved ones! We went to 3 different houses for visiting and food! The kids think it is the best thing ever! (And so do we!)

I LOVE this season! Sad to see it ending so soon! Can you believe we are starting a new year in just days?!

Jenny and I realized that we didn’t get to share a bunch of our Christmas ideas with you yet! So we are still deciding if we should just roll them out until the New Year or wait til next Christmas…decisions…decisions!

We hope you had a Merry Christmas! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Here is one of the 5 (seriously, ONLY 5 pictures!!) that I took on Christmas Day!

 

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Oh how I love these two!! Best kids EVER!! (All you moms out there are totally disagreeing because your kids are THE best, I know!)

 

And since I couldn’t send one to all of you through snail mail, here is our beautiful Christmas card that my amazing co-blogger created for me!

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~JESS

Let us remember the reason we are celebrating

 

Take a moment to watch the sweet video below. I can’t promise that you won’t be teary eyed after you do.  

In all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, our wish for you is that you would take the time to remember why and who we are celebrating. Before you watch the video read this short story below. I would have loved to do this when I was a teacher.

The “W” in Christmas

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful
experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations – extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting
season for a six year old. For weeks, he’d been memorizing songs for his school’s “Winter Pageant.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d be working the night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there’d be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early,
found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I
waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the
holiday as “Christmas,” I didn’t expect anything other than fun,
commercial entertainment – songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer. So, when my son’s class rose to sing, “Christmas Love,” I was slightly taken aback by it’s bold title.
Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy
mittens, red sweaters, and bright snow caps upon their heads. Those in the front row- center stage – held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the class would sing “C is for Christmas,” a child would hold up the letter C. Then, “H is for Happy,” and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, “Christmas Love.”

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter “M” upside down -totally unaware her letter “M” appeared as a “W”. The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one’s mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her “W”. Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together. A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen. In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities. For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear: “CHRISTWAS LOVE”

And, I believe, He still is.
Author Unknown

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

~Jenny & Jess