Merry Christmas Black Family

A Christmas Note For You

Merry Christmas, friends!

I hope this greeting finds you full of health, joy, and prosperity. I just want to hop on this blog quickly to wish you well. And since it’d be awkward to write a two-sentence post, I’ll share what we’ve been up to.

Yesterday, we enjoyed a relaxing day with our family. I was able to just be because I’d already completed my Christmas shopping before December and did most of my wrapping this weekend. I also organized and got rid of a ton of stuff via donation.

Family Christmas 2018

It was a great day here in Middle Georgia. It was an unusually warm winter day. All we needed was a light jacket and a smile. The sun was blindingly beautiful and very much welcomed after a couple days of gloomy weather. My boys took full advantage and rode their bikes up and down the street with their friend next door.

Later, we had a gift card to Chick-fil-a so it only made sense to bypass cooking and have a tasty drive-through dinner at our favorite fast food joint. Their spicy chicken deluxe sandwich is my fav! I love how our local Chick-fil-a decorates during this time of year. The giant cone tree filled with sparkling lights. The bedazzled manicured bushes. The fairy-light trimmings adorning the building. It’s so fun and festive!

FYI: My meal didn’t survive the drive home.

That night, we let the boys open one gift. When I was a child, my mother always allowed us to open one present on Christmas Eve, so we kept up this tradition with our children. The boys ended up opening their gifts to each other. I love to take my boys on individual shopping trips to pick out gifts for one another. It encourages them to be thoughtful and strengthens their bond.

Since my little-one loves stuffed animals, his brother got him a plush horse. It walks. It’s loud. It’s annoying. But little brother LOVED it. Although judging from the disapproving look on my husband’s face, I think Munchie will have a mysterious disappearance soon. And, yes, Munchie is the horse’s name.

For older brother, my little-one picked out a Perler bead kit. My eldest son had asked for this kit (and many other things!) during one of our shopping trips to Hobby Lobby. But it was NOT on the list, so I said no. No worries, though, little bro had his big brother’s back and gifted him the kit full of thousands of beads that’ll probably end up in the vacuum. Big brother loved it and the entire family had an impromptu crafting session.

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During our crafting session, I asked the boys what they thought Christmas was all about. We’ve had this conversation last Christmas, but I was curious as to what they’ve extracted from it. I love hearing things from a child’s perspective. My eldest son said it best, “It’s about celebrating Christ being born and saving us from our sins.” Oh, how this celebration should take place every single day of our lives!

After watching Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas on Netflix and sipping some hot cocoa, the boys were fast asleep. Soon, the presents rolled out of the closet and made their way underneath the Christmas tree. Join me on Instagram to get a glimpse of my Christmas Eve winddown on Instastory.

When it’s all said and done, I’m truly thankful for the life God has given me.

I want to end this post by saying this Christmas, please take the time to pick up the phone and call someone who could use it right now. Some people have a difficult time during the holidays. I, myself, have a friend who’s entire family literally just fell apart after her husband walked out on them. Today will be tough for her and her children.

And if you’re the one going through the holiday blues right now. Take heart. I empathize with you. I know there’s very little I can say to ease your pain. But just know that nothing lasts forever. Your pain won’t last forever. May you experience comfort during your season of grief, sadness, depression—or whatever you’re going through. May your suffering not be in vain. May you smile for the first time in days. Weeks. Months. May you make it through this difficult time stronger and more resilient.

Peace be with you, my friend.

Until next time…

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Thanksgiving Crafts

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts that Reinforce Gratitude

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! For us parents and teachers, that means it’s time to look for Thanksgiving craft ideas for our little students. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! This year, I’ve collected twenty “thankful” themed crafts and activities that kids will love. These activities can be found on my Pinterest “Thanksgiving with Kids” board, or you can simply click on the titles below for instructions.

1.    Thankful Turkey 

2.    Thankful Family Framed Art

 

3.    Thankful Fall Placemats

 
4.    Thankful Tree

 
5.    Thankful Banner

 
6.    Thankful Pumpkin Pie Wheel

7.    Thankful ABC Sheet

 
8.    Thankful Turkey Bag

 
9.    Thankful Wreath

 
10.    Thankful Paper Bag Book

 
11.    Thankful Sunflower Plant

 
12.    Thankful Gift Idea

 
13.    Thankful Wheel

 
14.    Thankful Rocks

 
15.    Thankful Jar

16.    Thankful Lapbook

17.    Thankful Puppets

 
18.    Thankful Minion Bulletin Board

 
19.    Thankful Cards

 
20.    Thankful Crescent Rolls


Gratitude is something we often talk about in our home. I believe we set our children up for success when we teach them how to focus their attention on what they have, rather than what they lack. Some of these gratitude ideas will definitely become a family tradition for us during the holiday season, especially the thankful jar. I’m so looking forward to doing some of these crafts with my kids during the upcoming weeks!

What are some of your favorites? Let us know down below!

Join my Instagram family to see which of these crafts we end up doing.