Looking for a meaningful way to spend some of your down time this Christmas season? Devote it to a Christmas craft project! Crafts are a great way to spend time with loved ones and friends, and it’s also a great way to spend meaningful time with the children in your family.
Ornament-making is a great way to start your own Holiday tradition. Whether you’re spending Christmas with the family, or away from your own loved ones, this is a great activity to take time out to share the Christmas Spirit with those in a women’s shelter or home for the elderly.
HAND-MADE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
Here’s a project that’s simple and enjoyable to do – and a great way to recycle those special Christmas cards you receive each year by making your own keepsake ornaments.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Six (6) Christmas Cards
- Paper or Craft Glue
- Compass (or Drinking Glass)
3. Using your ruler, draw a square inside of each circle (make sure the corners of the square touch the edge of the circle). Score, and fold upwards along the edges of each square to create a flap (see photo below).
4. Glue the back of each flap, and attach five of the circles until the ornament takes shape.
5. Punch a small hole in the center of the sixth circle. Make a loop with the ribbon and knot underneath. Glue top to remaining flaps.
You can also adorn and personalize your ornaments with family photographs, glitter, crystals, shells, or other special items.
As it says in Exodus 31:3-5 (NIV) –
3 “and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills; 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts”
Working with our hands by engaging in crafts with loved ones or those in need of cheer during the Christmas season can be our own way to bless God.
With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, most of us have spent the month of November sharing our appreciation for others, as well as planning our big Thanksgiving Day feasts.
But we must not forget to thank God, above all else, for blessing us with the holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving and highlighted by Christmas.
So, what does the Bible say about being thankful? Here are 8 verses to remember during the Thanksgiving holiday:
Colossians 3: 15-17 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Thessalonians 5:18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 95:2 2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Colossians 2: 6-7 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Ephesians 1: 16-17 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Romans 1: 21 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Psalm 106: 1 1 Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Philippians 4: 6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving!
Please join Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr., First Lady Mae L. Blake and the West Angeles family for exciting Holiday events this season at West Angeles Church of God In Christ!
Join us for Christmas at the Cathedral on Sunday, December 17 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral
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