Tuesday, December 13, 2011

And His Name Shall Be Called...

"...Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

We don't really "do" Santa Claus, but it can be hard to avoid.  While admiring the tree the other night, I teasingly asked Jonah (2) where the presents were.

"Don't worry, Mom," he said.  "Santa will bring them in a few days."

It seems that watching "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and singing "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" has rubbed off on him a bit.  I resolved a-new to be sure to keep Jesus at the center of our celebrating.

So we read a bit out of Isaiah, discussed the many names of Jesus, and made this little craft.  Not a big deal by any stretch, but when I look at my tree and all of those names hanging there,  I'm just filled with hope and awe at it all - tiny babe fulfilling very big prophecies on that night so long ago.

If you'd like to craft along, this is what we did!

"Jesus Nametags"

You'll Need:
felt (we used wool, but you don't need to),
a hole punch,
glue stick,
this template printed out.

1.) Print out your template and cut out the tags.  We used regular printer paper, but cardstock would probably hold up better.

2.) Glue tags on felt, cut out with 1/4 inch margin.

3.) Punch one hole through both layers.

4.) Thread yarn through hole and tie, forming a loop.

Alternatives: We hung our name tags on our Christmas tree, but you could put them anywhere - in a garland on your mantel, hung on a branch for a centerpiece, or dangling from a chandelier.  I'd love to do these with gold lettering, but for this quick craft for my little ones, black ink worked just fine.

This craft is perfect for little ones 3 and up, with help from Mom.

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1 comment:

  1. This is very cute Lydia! We aren't overly Santa-fied either. He brings one gift for the kids and they know to ask for only one thing. It is really nice to have Santa but since he only brings just 1 gift, we can focus on Jesus as the heart of Christmas. ps. We are doing www.thetruthintinsel.com this year and the kids LOVE it!


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