I'm a big fan of this breakdown on Santa. I appreciated the idea behind Santa as a child, but this letter from a child's parents just smashes the nail on the head for me. I dislike the idea of "robbing" the magic of Christmas from my children with "the truth", but with a message like this I don't feel as though I have to anymore. Awesome.

The magic of Santa explained to a kiddo

Melted Crayon Ornaments! Take the top off, drop in bits of crayon, put top back on and hold. Use hair dryer to heat the crayons until they begin to melt, swirl.

The kids will love this one! -Cyn Put a piece of crayon in a clear glass bulb ornament. Use a blow dryer to melt the crayon and rotate the bulb to distribute the color. Multiple crayon colors gives the swirled appearance.

Bible Verses to read.  From December 1st to Christmas Eve for the kiddos

25 Christmas Traditions

Advent Christmas (count down) Bible Verses to read. From December to Christmas Eve Good way to introduce the season and engage daily bible reading.

how to add wire, velcro and magnets to elf so that he's more poseable.

“Elf on the Shelf” Mod in 6 Easy Steps.How to add wire, Velcro and magnets to Elf on a Shelf so that he's more poseable.

Christmas Lunchbox Jokes free printables

Christmas Jokes - Free Printable Christmas Joke Cards for Kids

Christmas Lunchbox Jokes - Send these lunch box loves notes for the kids at school to help them enjoy the last few days of school before winter break!

Holiday DIY: Pottery Barn Knock Off, made from letters you get at Michaels'---LOVE this!

Learn how to make this popular Pottery Barn Inspired Noel Sign for the holidays! It's an easy Christmas craft and looks amazing on your wall.

Jesus, Santa, and the Elf on the Shelf.... I absolutely love this idea about showing kids the true meaning of Christmas while keeping a lot of the fun in it as well. The letter from Santa was fantastic! Doing this!

compelling way to use elf on the shelf tied in with Jesus instead of naughty v. nice: Jesus, Santa, and the Elf on the Shelf. I really would rather have the Elf be a fun tradition, not to contingent on the naughty vs.

Santa sacks. I like the idea of leaving old toys for santa to take and fix up and give to other kids. Great way to get kids to give away old toys!

Santa Sacks: Simplify Christmas With A Wonderful Family Tradition

Santa Sacks: Simplify Christmas with a wonderful family tradition! Santa has never left WRAPPED Christmas gifts in our home. Santa leaves gifts in the Santa Sacks to be opened on Christmas morning.

For a Christmas related Polar Express movie snack, I made a graham cracker train with M's, whipped cream, frosting with a tip, and a candy corn. We drank hot chocolate with it since they serve hot chocolate to the kids in the movie..

For a Christmas related Polar Express movie snack, made a graham cracker train with M&M's, whipped cream, frosting with a tip, and a candy corn. Drank hot chocolate with it since they serve hot chocolate to the kids in the movie.

Styrofoam balls, sprayed with glue and then rolled in glitter. Much cheaper than huge ornaments.

DIY ornaments: Styrofoam balls covered in glitter. Much less expensive than the big ornaments at the store!

Snowman Door on inside!

DIY- A snowman door. How cute and simple is this! ♥♥♥ If you have a white door this would be fun. I do this on our refrigerator, but the door is an adorable idea!

Christmas Mantel - need to make some of those yarn covered balls

Christmas Mantel

Rustic Christmas Mantel with hand-painted wood sign and burlap stockings.

Christmas Decor  Starbucks bottles painted white with letters and red holly berries.

Christmas Decor Starbucks bottles painted white with letters and red holly berries. I knew I was saving those Starbucks bottles for a reason.

25 Days of Scripture Chain - what Christmas is really about. I might put these in an Advent Calendar box to read each day.

25 scripture loops to print off and make into a paperchain for your tree to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. or put them in your advent calendar with the day's treat.

Decorating with Ornaments: Not Just for Trees!

How to Decorate with Ornaments: Not Just for Trees

Deck the Windows For a whimsical window treatment, thread the end of a length of ribbon through an ornament loop, and then glue the cut end to the back of the ribbon. Use thumbtacks to attach the ribbons to the top of the window.

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