Christmas Memories Printable

Before we know it the Christmas decorations will be put away, the New Year’s celebrations will be over, and life will begin getting back to normal. After three months of sugar, parties, and fun, it is time for a little bit of normalcy. Some of us will make resolutions for a wonderful year, while others decide to go on with no real changes. Sometimes just getting back on a normal schedule is challenge enough!

Christmas Memories Printable

When I was a kid I was always told that time goes by faster the older you get. I never believed it, but now it honestly seems true. As a child it seems like Christmas will never get here. You wait and wait to get a few weeks off of school and to see what wonderful gifts you will receive. Kids have the luxury of living in the moment and enjoying everything. As I get older each season seems to zip by faster and faster. It seems like we are always planning for a holiday or trying to make a moment extra special for our kids. As AJ gets older, making memories magical isn’t as easy.

I have so many wonderful memories from childhood and I hope that as AJ grows up she will feel the same way.  When we talk about all of the fun things we do for the holidays, often the little things are what she remembers the most. Of course she loves the gifts she receives, but she loves the time we spend together as well.

This year I have decided to have her fill out a fun page that I made. It has a place for her favorite Christmas activities that we did. Her favorite movie we watched together, the best gift she gave to someone, her favorite color, and other things. The plan is to have her fill it out and then to stick it in her stocking before we put it away. Next year when we start to decorate for Christmas we will look over the paper and have a record of all of her wonderful Christmas memories. We will also be able to see how she has changed over the year.

Christmas Memories Printable

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The 10 Best Christmas Movies

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We love watching Christmas movies! From November through the first of January the television is usually on one of three channels; Lifetime, Hallmark, or UP. All three channels play a variety of Christmas movies that keep the spirit of Christmas alive. There are all kinds of heartwarming stories that really get us in a Christmas mood.

10 Best Christmas Movies

When I was little I wanted to watch Christmas movies all year long, and it drove my mom crazy. From the time I was about five years old the rule at our house was always “no Christmas movies until November.” That rule has stuck around except for a few movies like, Home Alone that will appear on television once in a while.

Now each year we take down our box of Christmas movies in November and put the box back up when we take down our decorations at the beginning of the year. It is always a great time going through the VHS movies that I watched as a child along with the newer DVDs and bluerays that have been added. Each of us has a favorite movie in that box.

Here are our 10 favorite Christmas Movies in no particular order.

1. Miracle on 34 Street

My mom prefers the older version while AJ and I both enjoy the newer version, but both are great.

2. It’s a Wonderful Life

I didn’t really like this one as a kid, but as I get older I really appreciate it. It is a great story!

3. White Christmas

We love the songs, the dancing, and the overall fun. We will never have a White Christmas where we live, but we like the movie just the same.

4. The Santa Clause

I remember being amazed by this movie as a child, and The Santa Clause 3 was the first movie AJ ever watched in a movie theater. They are fun and keep you laughing.

5. Mrs. Santa Claus

This is my favorite Christmas movie. It stars Angela Lansburyas Mrs. Santa Claus. The songs are amazing and it has a lot of historical aspects to it as well. It touches on womens rights, factory workers, immigration and so much more. I don’t feel like it is Christmas until I watch this movie.

6. Home Alone

Who doesn’t love Home Alone? While it is obviously outdated (AJ asked why Kevin didn’t just call his mom on her cell phone the first time she watched it!) it is still funny. The best part is watching the crooks get outsmarted by a kid!

7. I’ll Be Home for Christmas

I don’t know if it has something to do with my childhood crush on JTT or what, but we love this movie. It is the story of a bratty kid who needs to get home for Christmas in order to get the car of his dreams. Of course he is met with all kinds of problems which make for a lot of laughs.

8. The Christmas Cottage

This one was added to our box a few years ago. It is the story of Thomas Kinkade, it is touching and really an amazing movie.

9. Eloise at Christmastime

AJ loved the Eloise books when she was learning to read, so the movie was an instant hit at our house. This is the story of a 6 year old girl who is loud, full of love, wants to help, and always seems to get into trouble. She lives at a hotel and has some fun adventures at Christmas.

10. Christmas with the Kranks

I read the book that the movie was based on and loved it, so I figured I would love the movie, and I did. It really makes you think of all the stuff we do at Christmas just to make others happy.

Bonus – If we had to pick a favorite animated movie it would be Yogi’s First Christmas. My mom recorded it off of the TV years ago and we use to watch it all of the time. It finally broke a few years ago I haven’t replaced it with a new copy yet. Hopefully we will soon.

We pretty much like any Christmas movie around here, and we had a little bit of a hard time picking our top 10. Did your favorite Christmas movie make the cut?

6 Amazing Advent Resources

These advent resources will make your holiday a little brighter.

Christmas is my favorite time of year. Even when I worked in retail, I always looked forward to the holiday season. I love the lights, the songs, the decorations, and the goodies. We love counting down the days until Christmas. Over the last few years our family has used a few different advent products. Some were simple books and others were full studies. Here are our favorites.

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Melk the Christmas Monkey

Melk is a monkey with a message! Melk visits your child each day and shares something about God’s love. (Think Elf on the Shelf but focused on God instead of behavior.)When you purchase the e book you get lessons to do with your child, instructions on how to pose Melk, printable letters from Melk, and instructions for crafts or activities that help explain the topic you are learning about.

Melk taught us a lot last year each day AJ couldn’t wait to see where Melk was hanging out, and what lesson he was going to teach her. All e books from Paradise Praises, including Melk the Christmas Monkey, will be 25% off on Cyber Monday.

Celebrate Jesus Light of the World

This amazing e book is packed full of Christmas fun! It includes daily Bible reading and activities along with copywork and recipes. This book is a fun way to count down the days until Christmas. It is a full advent study that is pretty much open and go. It includes daily Bible reading, copywork, and activities.

We used this a few years ago and had a great time. I am planning on using parts of this book again this year. If you are looking for a complete advent study that is simple and exciting, this is it.

Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World is a six week  geography based unit study for elementary aged student. It is a great way to continue with school work and Christmas fun at the same time. Throughout the study your child will learn about 30 different countries. This book includes information about each country, worksheets, crafts and activities.

Birth of Jesus from GrapeVine Bible Studies

We were blessed to review this just a few weeks ago, and I have become a fan of GrapeVine studies. The idea is simple, your child stick figures their way through the Bible and during that time they become more familiar with the Bible and the events that took place. Kids enjoy the lessons because they are able to draw. AJ was actually disappointed when the study was finished. If you are looking for a strictly Bible only study, this would be a great choice!

Through December this study will be 30% off.

Why We Give Gifts at Christmastime and Why I Give an Activity Book

This adorable children’s book explains the reason we give gifts for Christmas in a way that children can easily understand. The activity book has fun puzzles and games, it also includes numerous ideas for gifts that kids can make with just a little help from adults. I was very surprised by the quality of the gift ideas. AJ made quite a few of them the year we used it.

Countdown to Christmas

This is another fun children’s book. The book has a page for each day until Christmas. Each page introduces a new character or object that is important to the Christmas story. Each day you read the book from the beginning stopping after you read one new page. By the day before Christmas your child should be able to retell the entire Christmas story.

The back of the book comes with instructions of how to make a Christmas countdown tree that you can add to daily. This is a great choice for those with younger kids and those who are looking for a very quick book to read from each day.

We have used part or all of each study listed above and have found them to be a great addition to or Christmas fun.

What is your favorite advent related item?

 

 

GrapeVine Bible Study ~ Review

 

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Finding the right Bible study for my 12 year old has been difficult. She needs something that gets her reading the Bible, and helps her understand it, but something that doesn’t require too much writing. Since she dislikes writing, I have found that programs that require a lot of writing are often a struggle. I want her to enjoy our Bible time, not dread it.

 

Grapevine Studies Review
 

I have heard about GrapeVine Studies before, but I thought they were just for younger kids. I was happy to find out that they are for a variety of ages. We were recently given the chance to review Birth of Jesus: Multi-Level from GrapeVine Studies. We received a physical copy of both the student book and the teacher manual.

Stick Figure your way through the Bible with GrapeVine Bible Studies!

 

GrapeVine is a Bible study curriculum where your child draws stick figures as they go through the Bible. Activities vary in each level, but as your child gets older they learn Biblical timelines, geography, and how to use different Bible study tools.

To complete this study you will need a Bible, colored pencils, markers, access to a Bible dictionary, and atlas or map.

Stick Figure your way through the Bible with GrapeVine Bible Studies!

Birth of Jesus: Multi-Level

 

Grapevine Studies Review
 

The Birth of Jesus: Multi-Level is for kids ages 7 and up. Depending on your needs, the study includes suggested schedules for both daily and weekly lessons. It should take 5 weeks to complete. This study covers from the time the Angel Gabriel spoke to Mary until the death of Herod. It contains a timeline of the events and a final review along with four weeks of lessons.

  • The Announcement
  • The Birth of Jesus
  • The Proclamation
  • The Wise Men and Herod

The books are available as physical copies, or e-books. We received the physical copy. It is a stack of loose leaf pages that have been three hole punched, so you can easily put them in a notebook. I decided not to put them in a three ring binder. Instead I kept all of the sheets in the plastic they came in and pulled out the pages she would be using for the week. As each lesson was finished I put it in her binder.

The teacher manual is printed in color and gives a detailed script that you can follow and sample drawings.

How We Used It

The first week your child draws a timeline for events for the entire study. During this time you give basic information about characters and events. This time line was 8 pages long. After AJ finished drawing the timeline we started in with the first lesson. We went with the daily lessons. Each lesson only took about 20 minutes for AJ to complete.

What does a week look like?

Each lesson was spread out over a week. The lesson starts off with a quick review of the lesson from the previous week. The student draws some of the events from the time line and reviews the memory verse.

Using the teacher’s guide you read selected verses from the Bible and discuss them with your children. Then they are told to draw something. During the week we were on lesson 2 AJ was asked to draw seven different scenes from the reading.

  1. Joseph Heard the News
  2. Joseph’s Decision
  3. The Angel and Joseph
  4. Joseph and Mary
  5. The Decree
  6. Bethlehem
  7. Birth of Jesus

An example of what your student can draw is given in the teacher’s guide, but your student is encouraged to use their creativity.

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After reading and illustrating a few scenes your child is then suppose to look up a short list of words in a Bible dictionary.

Stick Figure your way through the Bible with GrapeVine Bible Studies!

There is not a specific place for the student to write the definitions, so AJ just wrote them on a separate sheet of paper.  For some definitions we used a dictionary online because our Illustrated Bible Dictionary didn’t have all of the words. ( I think it’s time to get a better one.) Throughout the study your student will also be asked to label six different areas on a map. AJ decided to label the entire map during lesson 1, but there should have been map work in this lesson.

Stick Figure your way through the Bible with GrapeVine Bible Studies!

Once all of the scenes are illustrated there are review questions. Again there is not a specific place for your child to write these, they can even be done orally. The final page of the lesson has the student draw their favorite part of the lesson and write (or recite) the memory verse of the week.

What We Thought

I like how easy this study was for me, I was able to simply open and go. The teacher’s guide is definitely a requirement and was full of useful information. I love how in-depth the study was. AJ was familiar with the Christmas story, but she didn’t know all of the details. Now she has a deep understanding of what really happened. This would be the perfect study to do in December leading up to Christmas!

The best part of this study is that AJ is learning and enjoying Bible time. The lessons are short enough that I don’t feel rushed to fit them into our schedule, and there was enough repetition that she is remembering the details of the stories even after the study was over.

AJ likes that she gets to draw. Even though I required her to write the memory verses, definitions, and review questions, she didn’t feel like there was too much to do. I  only used this with one student, but it looks like it would be easy to use with a group of students at different levels.

I would highly recommend this study to anyone looking for a simple to use Bible study that kids enjoy. It has been a real blessing for our homeschool and I hope that we are able to use another GrapeVine study soon.

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Christmas 2014

I never did seem to get into the Christmas spirit, but we had a very nice Christmas. I did a lot of baking this year, so much that I don’t even want to see another cookie for a while! I ended up making 12 dozen chocolate drop cookies, 10 dozen sugar cookies, 7 pies, 6 dozen chocolate chip cookies, and 6 dozen butterscotch cookies. I am baked out!

Christmas 2014

For Christmas Eve we had a few family members come over. AJ was excited to see her brother and cousins. They played cards, talked, and just had fun together. We had a ham and turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, stuffing, Jello salad, and rolls.

It was a really nice evening. The kids opened presents, I read The Night Before Christmas, and we visited.

Christmas morning AJ woke me up at 4:30! She has never done that. Normally she sleeps until at least seven or eight even on Christmas. I hadn’t gone to bed until close to three that morning so I was a mean mom and told her I wasn’t getting up until 8:00am. She was so excited that Santa had brought her a desk and a tablet that she couldn’t go back to sleep. She sat and waited until finally I got up and she was able to open her stocking.

This year Santa didn’t put very much candy in her stocking. She received a few beanies, some gloves, lip gloss, face wash, deodorant, and a few other things.

After the stockings, she practically pulled me into the living room  to show me what Santa had left for her. She didn’t really ask for much this year. She wanted new pajamas, socks, (she loves socks) science stuff, and a desk. She has wanted a desk for a while – but not just any desk, one like kids in “regular” school have.

To both of our surprise Santa brought her a desk, a MobyMax tablet (that was won from a giveaway on homeschool encouragement) and a wonderful book from Bethany Hamilton – Body and Soul. She was ecstatic!

Then it was time for presents. Normally there are so many presidents under the tree for everyone, but not this year. AJ and Grandma were the only ones with presents and there were no where near the usual amount. I was so thankful that I had earned some gift certificates from Family Christian and I was able to get her a few things.

She opened a few different magic sets from the dollar store, two pairs of pajamas, some new socks, and the rest of the What’s in the Bible? series. She also got a doll and a few science kits. She was very happy and overall it was a good Christmas.

Later that day we spent Christmas with  my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins. Grandma was in a fairly good mood and was even joking around a little bit. Chloe (Grandma’s puppy) came with us and had a ball playing with her puppy cousin. It was a really nice day.

All in all it was a nice Christmas and I am looking forward to the new year. How was your Christmas?

The Week Before Christmas

I love Christmas, but this year it just doesn’t seem like Christmas. The house is decorated, we have been watching Christmas movies, and singing Christmas songs, but something just doesn’t seem right. I am hoping that in the next few days I get my Christmas spirit back.

We haven’t done a lot of our traditional Christmas activities because of my pain, my mom’s surgeries, and a lack of money, but we have done a few fun things.

We finally tried out AJ’s fortune cookie maker that she received two years ago for Christmas. It is one of those gifts that requires adult supervision and time, so we put it in her closet and forgot about it until a few weeks ago.

If you are thinking about purchasing one, don’t! They are a lot of work. The dough is hard to work with, and rolling the cookies out is pretty difficult. Then the machine didn’t put them together, so we had to do it all by hand. After about a half hour she made 3 cookies and then waited for them to dry.

She decorated them, but I didn’t get a picture because she ate them before I knew she was finished. She said they tasted good and she had fun, but I think whipping up a batch of regular cookies would have been so much better.

In school we have put science and history on hold and are just focusing on Math and Language arts for the rest of the year. We are currently reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I purchased a lap book to go with it from Hands of a Child since I usually love their lapbooks, but I am a little disappointed in this one. It has great reviews, but it is not one of their best lapbooks. My main complaint was that it has a few mini books that ask questions that are not answered anywhere in the book or in the printable text. It was a little frustrating but we are making it work. AJ is really enjoying reading the book and has been noticing the differences between the book and the many movies we have watched.

Outside of school we have been baking cookies to get ready for Christmas. I love baking and cooking, but I think I am the sloppiest cook in the world! Just look at the table after a batch of sugar cookies.

At least they taste good. Over the next few days we plan on making a lot more cookies.
This week we had two doctor appointments and one trip to the emergency room, thankfully everyone is doing okay at the moment. The emergency room staff recognizes us now since we have been in so often in the last few months. We are praying that everyone stays healthy enough that we don’t have to go back for a while.

The best part of our week was when my best friend came over and we decorated gingerbread houses.

Decorating gingerbread houses has been a tradition for about six years. My mom, AJ, and I use to decorate them with my mom’s best friend, Barbara. Unfortunately, Barbara passed away from cancer in 2012. Since then we have been decorating gingerbread houses with my friend Desiree. It is something we look forward to all year.

The houses came out nicely. AJ’s looked nice in the beginning, but then she went crazy with the frosting and messed it up. She did the same thing last year….. but at least she had fun.

I am not ready for Christmas yet so I will be doing a lot of last minute things. Are you ready for Christmas?

Family Christian Bible Sale December 5th – 24th

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 There are so many different types of Kids Bibles available now compared to when I was a child. They have the very basic Bible with cute pink covers, Bibles covered with pink or purple glitter, and even some with fun animal shapes. There are Story Bibles and Devotional Bibles. With so many choices, Family Christian has the right Bible for you and your family.

Christmas Bible Sale

From December 5th until December 24 select Kids Bibles and Devotionals are 50% off! Almost all of the Kids Bibles are on a sale of some kind right now, but there are way too many to list them all here, I thought I would share a few of my favorites.

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I had a Beginner’s Bible when I was little, but it was nothing like this. This Bible is for 2-6 year-olds. Not only can they read the stories and look at the pictures, but they can listen to the stories! There is narration, music and sound effects for more than 90 stories. It has 512 pages and is hard covered, Originally $24.99 it is now on sale for just $9.99. When you look at the website it has a 5 star rating from everyone who rated it.
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Looking for something for a little girl? How about this amazingly priced Little Purse Bible? A great deal at the original price of $16.99, but a steal at the current price of just $5.99. It is not a full Bible, but it has all of the New Testament and Psalms and Proverbs. Great for a little girl who wants to carry her Bible to church.

Bible Sale

Is your child a little bit older and looking for a full Bible, but they still want some fun pictures and a little bit easier to understand vocabulary? Check out the Berenstain Bears Bible!It includes the entire Bible along with book introductions. a dictionary, larger font, and 18 full color pictures. This Bible looks like a fun transition Bible. It retails for $24.99 but is on sale for only $9.99.

Bible Sale

My all time favorite Bible, the Bible you see in all of the posts about AJ’s school work is the Deep Blue Kids Bible. It is not one of the Bibles on sale for 50% off, but it is on sale for 32% off. It retails for $18.99 and is on sale for only $12.99. It is an AMAZING Bible. It has notes, devotionals, trivia, reading challenges, and so much more. The version is easy to understand even for a struggling reader.

No matter what kind of Bible you are looking for, Family Christian has you covered! Don’t forget to check out all of the wonderful sales that are going on now!


Summertime Christmas Review & Giveaway

I love Christmas movies. I would watch them all year round, but in order to keep my family sane, I try to wait until at least November. I was recently given the opportunity to review a movie that I had previously never heard of, Summertime Christmas.

About the Movie

As two of Santa’s elves vacation in smalltown USA. Santa announces a huge shift in the Naughty and Nice Lists. Kids all over the world have started being naughty in droves! These two elves, Elwood (Josh Roy) and Nora ( Monica Eder), meet Jessica (Savannah Howard), a little girl who is still on the nice list, and do what they can to make sure she stays there. While getting to know her and her family, Elwood and Nora learn the real reason for Christmas.  

What we thought

Summertime Christmas starts off by showing that the world had become a nanny state and that parents were no longer able to discipline their children. Santa then sends out a message to his elves about the rise of naughty children. The elves are odd, quirky, and fun but unfortunately their acting often comes off as mediocre at best.  The movies saving grace is the main character, Jessica who is played by Savannah Howard. She plays a nice little girl who doesn’t believe in Santa, but wants to spread Christmas cheer to help make her parents and the other adults happy in spite of the bad economy. She does a wonderful job and really helps to round out the film. 
The movie seems to try and tackle too many themes at once and in turn fails to successfully convey a message. Just when you think you have figured out what the movie was leading up to, there is a bizarre and unexpected ending. It is a fun family film but nowhere near the quality of so many other great Christmas movies. The thing that we really didn’t care for was the poor film quality. At one point there is a scene on a merry go round, watching that scene actually made me dizzy! There were a few other places where  the camera angles were off as well.
Overall it is a movie I would watch on TV, but not one I would purchase myself. It is a cute story with a few funny moments. Watch the trailer and see what you think.
Summertime Christmas is available from Family Christian for $19.99
There are quite a few other Christmas movies available from Family Christian, along with gifts, Bibles, and so much more.  Family Christian has given me the opportunity to give away a $25 appreciation certificate to one reader, enter the rafflecopter below. 


Melk the Christmas Monkey – Review


 I love Christmas! I love the songs, the decorations, the crafts and activities, the candy canes, the trees, and the spirit of good will. We always keep God at the center, but we take part in a lot of fun traditions as well. In our home we go all out. Santa comes, Elfie our Elf on the Shelf comes, and this year there is a new addition, Melk.  I know it’s only October, but AJ and I were given the chance to review a new e-book created by Katie Horner, an international speaker, educator, author and blogger who loves Christmas inside and out. Katie created the fun new e-book, Melk, the Christmas Monkey.

Who is Melk?

Melk, also known as Melchinor Noel Yule, is a mute, nocturnal, monkey, who loves Christmas. The only thing that he loves more than Christmas is God. His job is to spend the month of December with your family to teach them more about God’s character. Since he is mute he communicates with your family through letters that he leaves each night.

Some of the many characteristics that Melk teaches are; God cares for us, God keeps His promises, God is creative, and many others.

The best part about Melk is that while he is a monkey, he can really come in many forms. Our Melk happens to be a blue monkey that I found on sale. Your monkey can be one of  these monkeys that are available, or you can use a totally different Christmas friend.

How does it all work?

When you purchase the Melk, the Christmas Monkey e-book, you get a full color 90 page e-book. Inside the book there are 30 different lessons. Each lesson will have a characteristic of God that you will focus on. There are 5 different sections for each lesson.
  1. Melk – This section tells you how to position Melk. He may be under the tree, cutting snowflakes, taking a picture, or numerous other activities.
  2. Activity– This section tells what activity you will do for the day. Some of the activities are; going caroling, making cookies, doing various crafts, and reading books.
  3. Materials – This section gives a list of any materials you may need, including printouts and craft supplies.
  4. Lesson– This is where the main characteristic you are learning about is listed.
  5. Scripture – Any scripture verses that go with the lesson you are learning. 
To go with each lesson, there is a letter from Melk. You print the letter and place Melk and any needed materials somewhere for your child to find in the morning. 
*You have to purchase Melk separately, he is NOT included with the e-book.*  
Here is an example of Melk’s letter for the 26th lesson. The characteristic is God is Musical.
In the morning you or your child reads the letter, does the activity, reads the scripture, and gains a better understanding of how great God is.
There are 30 lessons, but you can do them in pretty much any order. In a few of Melk’s letters he mentions things that you did or learned about in a previous lesson, but overall you can pick the best order for your family. 
Included in the book there is a link to a website where you will find free journaling pages, calendars, tracts, and more. The website brings Melk to a new level.

How will this fit in with Elf on the Shelf, and other Christmas Traditions?

I love our Elf on the Shelf, and he will be coming again this year. Melk can be a replacement for Elf on the Shelf if that is what you want. Or you can use the lessons included in the Melk, The Christmas Monkey e-book and use your elf do the lessons. You could also incorporate both into your Christmas holiday using the best parts of both characters.
In our home Melk will be coming some days and the elf will be bringing gifts and activities some days. The Elf will move each night and report to Santa while Melk will stay where he was seen last until he comes with a new lesson. I think that both provide an element of fun. They can work together and bring years of Christmas memories.

What did we think of Melk?

Since we reviewed Melk in October, there were a few obstacles. Even though Christmas decorations are out in every store I wasn’t able to find any candy canes. We obviously don’t have a Christmas tree up, and going Christmas caroling is out of the question. After looking through the activities and figuring out what we could do that was not too Christmasy, I got ready and set Melk up for AJ to find the next morning in our classroom. This is what she saw.
To say she was surprised would be an understatement. She was a little confused as to why a Christmas Monkey would visit in October, but I explained we were testing him out to see if other families should get their own Melk. Then she was excited. (She says EVERYONE needs a Melk)
Melk came about 5 times through the month. One day she found him cutting snowflakes. In that lesson she learned that God is creative. 
Overall we love Melk. He is going to to be a great addition to our Christmas traditions. With Melk you get to keep the fun holiday traditions that you are already use to, and learn more about God at the same time. 
Melk will be leaving our family on Halloween and will reappear along with his new friend Elfie the day after Thanksgiving. 
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to review, Melk, The Christmas Monkey. With this e-book I will be able to tie in the fun crafts and activities that we already do with a wonderful lesson that will teach my little one more about God. The crafts and activities are meaningful. We may not do them all, but I know that the ones we do will be fun and exciting.

Where can you get a copy of Melk, The Christmas Monkey?

You can purchase your copy of Melk, the Christmas Monkey for just $11.97.
If you are looking for a fun new tradition, Melk may be what you are looking for. Keep Christ in Christmas while still enjoying all of the fun of the holiday season!

Holiday Fun

I’m back! I took a little time off from my day to day blogging in order to enjoy the holidays with my family. I had quite a few reviews during that time but now I am ready to get back into the swing of things. We actually just finished Little House on the Prairie and are starting on On the Banks of Plum Creek. We learned a great deal and did a lot of fun things during our Little House journey so I am going to break up what we did over a few different posts.

I wrote two guest posts during the holidays as well, you can check them out here:

Resolutions vs. Goals – on Home and School Mosaic
Homeschooling and Only Child – on Bow of Bronze

Here is what we have been up to since Thanksgiving that was not school related.

Christmas is my favorite time of year! I have loved it ever since I was a kid. This year was a little different. Last year we were home with all of our Disney Christmas stuff, this year we were with my grandma. While I love my Disney ornaments and nick knacks it was nice to see the older Christmas stuff that I grew up with.

We decorated stockings together. (See those reindeer on the mantel, those were hand made by my Great Aunt who has passed away)

We decorated gingerbread houses two times! The first time AJ and her friends decorated them together. They had a blast and did a great job. It was so neat to see the ideas that they came up with for decorating their houses.

A few days later my friend came over and we kept with our tradition and decorated gingerbread houses together. I think that both sets of houses turned out great!

 

We made tons cookies to give as gifts. For about three days all we did was bake and decorate. We made sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, mint cookies, and chocolate drop cookies. We received many complements about the cookies though, so it was well worth the effort.

 

We were able to look at lights and watch a lot of Christmas movies. Grandma wasn’t up to doing too much, but we were able to take her to Knott’s Berry Farm for breakfast and the craft fair. She was having a good day that day and seemed to really enjoy herself.
We had a really nice Christmas and I felt very blessed to be able to spend it with my grandma, I think this will more than likely be the last year that she is able to fully communicate and enjoy the holidays. I hope you had a great holiday season.