7 steps to creating a fun 4th of July T-Shirt

By Marci Seither, Contributing Writer

The 4th of July often brings to mind firecrackers, homemade ice cream, parades, and family. People proudly display the American Flag and, with hands placed over grateful hearts, sing about “land of the free and the home of the brave.”

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For several years, we lived near Dutch Flat, a small mountain town nestled in the California Sierra Mountains. Attending the 4th of July parade was like taking a step back into time when neighbors really did stop in to sit a spell and kids played outside until dinnertime.

The parade consisted of family floats, kids on scooters, vintage cars, horseback riders, and was always lead by veterans carrying the American and POW flags and is lead by a bagpipe player. The route was a big loop through the main part of town and was made TWICE.

It is said that the reason for the double loop was because the route was so short people wanted to get more bang for their buck, others cite that because Dutch Flat was settled before California was admitted into the Union as a free state, they used to go around the loop with the Union flag the first time and then a second time with the Confederate Flag. One thing for certain, it has been done that way for as long as anyone can remember and there are no plans to change it anytime soon.

The best part of the parade is that on the second loop around, the whole town gets involved in one of the biggest and wettest water fights of the year. Youngsters armed with water balloons take on float-manned hoses and water cannons. With the exception of the respect shown to the vintage cars and town’s elderly, it is hard to escape without being part of the splash zone.

After the last person makes it all the way around, everyone disperses from the lined street to buy strawberry shortcakes, take a chance at the dunk tank, or toss dimes into glass dishes and cups. It is a time to stop and realize what a great country we live in, even with it’s flaws and imperfections, there isn’t a place where I would rather live.

The stars and stripes are more than just color and pattern on a rectangular piece of fabric, they are the symbol of our country and all that it stands for. Wear the red, white, and blue proudly and help your kiddos create their own little artistic rendition of “Old Glory”.

And if you happen to be in Dutch Flat area . . . don’t forget your water balloons.

4th of July t-Shirt Tutorial

What you will need to make your own t-shirt:

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INSTRUCTIONS:

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1. Cut sponge into a star shape.

2. Decide where you are going to want the pattern.

3. Insert a cardboard or paper bag in t-shirt to keep paint from seeping through to the other side

4. Pour paint onto a plate or some surface that is waterproof.

5. Dip sponge into paint.

6. Press onto t-shirt. .Repeat until you have the perfect 4th of July t-shirt.

7. Iron to make sure the colors stay colorfast or follow product recommendations.

Wear with pride!

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SIDE NOTE: This is a super fun idea to make ANY time of the year. My neice decided she didn’t want stars and stripes so she made a shirt with butterflys! Use your Imagination and have fun!

Do you do any 4th of July dressing up? Ever thought of why it is a part of your tradition?

How to Clean Your Home Naturally {Plus a Simple All Purpose Cleaning Solution}

By Ashley Roe, Contributing writer

I haven’t bought commercial household cleaners for a few years. Instead, I have been making my own using just a few simple ingredients.

What I love best about DIY cleaning recipes, is that they usually require ingredients I already have or can use for many things and they aren’t toxic like most commercial products. Plus, you can save money too! What’s not to love about living healthier without breaking the bank?!

How to Clean Your Home Naturally (Plus a Simple All Purpose Cleaning Solution) - Young Wifes Guide

I have been making this easy powdered laundry detergent (click the link for a recipe plus a free printable) for a few years now but it has taken me a while to find a great all purpose cleaner. I have tried multiple recipes to find one that I like best. Many of the recipes I have tried worked okay but didn’t seem to clean as well I would have liked.

I’ve been using this super simple all purpose cleaner for almost a year now and have been very happy with how well it works. I use it for just about everything. 

Simple All Purpose Cleaning Solution

Ingredients

hydrogen peroxide
castille soap
essential oils
water
spray bottle

Amounts will vary depending on the size of your bottle. Amounts below are what I use for this 8 oz spray bottle.

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Directions

  1. Add about two tablespoons castille soap to empty spray bottle.
  2. Fill half way with peroxide.
  3. Add 15-30 drops of essential oils.
  4. Fill the rest of the way with warm water.
  5. Do not shake but tip bottle upside down a few times to mix.
  6. Now you’re ready to get cleaning!

Uses

Obviously, you just use this like any other cleaner, spray and wipe off. However, I wanted to share it’s multiple uses, so here is what I use it for:

  • Kitchen counters: Spray and wipe! Easy peasy.
  • Stove-top: Depending on what you cooked, you may need a little elbow grease but still works great for me.
  • Sinks: No special instructions, just spray and wipe clean.
  • Microwave: Spray on any messy areas and wipe off.
  • Bathroom Counters: Same as other counters, spray and wipe.
  • Mirrors: Again spray and wipe. Another reason I love this cleaner is that it doesn’t give me streaky mirrors like others I have used.
  • Toilet: Just spray and scrub with a toilet brush then flush. It seriously works better than some toilet bowl cleaners I have purchased.
  • Bathtub: Works for light cleaning but you might need something more heavy duty for harder to clean areas.
  • Floors: It doesn’t work as a heavy duty mop solution but for a quick clean it does the job. Just spray on the floor and wipe with cloth or mop. I have a reusable cover for a Swiffer mop that I use.

Though I do use one cleaner recipe for just about every cleaning need around my home, I do have a few other ingredients that I like to use for some jobs. So before I get to the cleaner recipe, here’s a list of ingredients I like to keep on hand for cleaning purposes.

My Top Five Ingredients for Natural Cleaning

Essential Oils

Essential oils are great in cleaning because many contain antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Essential oils are also great because of their aromatic and therapeutic benefits. I use essential oils for many things like helping with mood, energy, skin issues and illness. One of my favorite uses for essential oils though is around my home.

Some of my favorite essential oils to use for cleaning are lemon, orange, tea tree (melaleuca), and a germ fighting blend (The name will vary depending on brand. This blend usually contains cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, clove and rosemary).

It is important to note that essential oils are very potent so a little goes a long way. They are not the same as fragrance oils so use with caution!

For more on how to use essential oils check out these post here on Young Wife’s Guide:

Baking Soda

I use baking soda when a little scrubbing power is necessary. It’s also great for deodorizing as well.

Mostly I use it to clean the sink when it needs a little extra attention. I also use it in the garbage disposal and to help freshen smelly areas like the bathroom or near the garbage.

Another great use for baking soda is as a carpet freshener. Just sprinkle on the floor and let sit for 5-10 minutes then vacuum it up!

Vinegar

I don’t use vinegar as much anymore, but I use to use it as a main ingredient in my cleaning solution. I found that the smell was a bit too much and never got my bathroom counters clean enough as it seemed to leave a bit of a film. That could have been the other ingredients I had mixed with it, but either way I don’t use it in my regular cleaning.

However, I do still use it for some things, especially mixed with baking soda to create that fizzy reaction. This has been great for the garbage disposal and I am hoping to try it out on my tub and shower tiles soon.

Castile Soap

Castile soap may be new to you if you don’t already make a lot of your own cleaning or health and beauty products. It’s a great natural option and has lots of uses. Here’s a great article by Live Renewed on the many uses of castile soap if you want to know more.

I have used it for a number of things but mostly as one of the ingredients in my simple cleaning solution. I believe that it is the main ingredient that has transformed the recipe I use and would not be without it! I got a small bottle for under $3 at my local health food store and have seen it at regular stores as well. It comes in a variety of scents but I have only used the lavender one so far since it has lasted me so long.

Hydrogen Peroxide

I know peroxide may not be at the top of your mind when you are thinking of cleaning supplies. You may be surprised that it isn’t just for cleaning wounds, it great for household cleaning too! It isn’t toxic like many other cleaners you will find but it still does a great job of sanitizing.

Peroxide is another ingredient in my cleaning solution, which is why I added it to my list. It seems to work much better than vinegar which is what I used before. I’ve also used it as a stain remover for clothes, sometimes mixed with a little dish soap.

For more uses of peroxide check out this post on hydrogen peroxide magic by One Good Thing by Jillee.

More Homemade Cleaning Resources

If you are looking for even more ways to clean your home naturally, here’s a list I put together of other homemade cleaning resources:

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Using Stencils as a Cheap Way to Beautify My Home!

We moved into our first house in January of this year, and since then, I have been on a DIY rampage along with the help from Tulip For Your Home. I have been collecting all of the ideas and inspiration on my Home Transformation Pinterest board and one idea has become clear: Stenciling has become all the rage, and I love it!

3 Secrets I've Learned to Stencil like a pro (Hint - It's not as hard as it looks)

Several months ago, I ordered a couple of stencils off of Amazon with a few stenciling ideas in mind. I didn’t really know what I  was doing, and didn’t have the proper equipment. It was a total failure and the bookcase upon which I was stenciling, ended up repainted and now is just white.

I had given up on stenciling as I thought that all those tutorial I had seen must be photo-shopped or else done by an expert. I didn’t think someone like me – a stenciling beginning – a creative person with zero artistic ability – would be able to duplicate beautiful results. 

Enter: Tulip For Your Home. Tulip has an all new line of stencils and paints that are designed for home decor projects! I was still totally skeptical, but when Tulip offered to send me a bundle of their home decor items to try out, I couldn’t resist at least trying it out. And so, I headed to I Love to Create and picked out the colors and stencils from their home decor that I wanted.

Tulip - Home Decor Stencils

The Tools

I am so happy with my results with these stencils and I know the materials I got were the key! I never would have spent a few extra dollars on a can of stencil adhesive and I’m confident that’s what made all the difference between this successful DIY project and my disastrous first attempt.

  • 14” x 14” large chevron stencil
  • 8” flower stencil
  • Sea blue Tulip Soft Paint
  • Gold glitter Tulip Soft Paint
  • Stencil Spray
  • Roller
  • Tulip Home Decor Pillow Cases (2)
  • Old beat up side table (Goodwill)

Before and After - Using Stencils is my newest favorite DIY thing!!

Step by Step Tutorial

1) Paint or Prep Your Items

My first step was to get my ugly cabinet ready for stenciling! This means I removed all the hardware, and applied 2 coats of this off white/cream paint. I then painted part of the door and the bottom piece with this bright blue.

My little helper

Here’s one of my little helpers – Always happy to discover what Mom is working on ;)

2) Position Your Stencil with Adhesive Spray

I consider this step to be the most crucial. Like I said before, I skipped this step on my first stencil project, and the paint leaked under the stencil and made one big, ugly mess!

So take the time, and the few extra dollars, to invest in adhesive spray. Make sure to spray down the matte (NOT the glossy) side of your stencil and get all corners and edges well covered. Lay your stencil down and smooth out all the lines to ensure that your stencil is properly bonded to your project!

Step by Step Tutorial for Stenciling Like a Pro - Step 1 is the most crucial!

3) The Fun Part – Start Painting

Using a foam roller is also another key to stenciling like a pro! Foam rollers hold a TON of paint at once but it allows coverage that is light and even. Load your foam roller with a good amount of paint and start applying thin, even layers. I had to do two layers to cover effectively.

Step by Step Tutorial for Stenciling Like a Pro - Step 2 is where the fun begins!

4) Covering a Large Area

If you are working with a larger area, it might be necessary to move the stencil and continue the patter. After the first part, I let the stencil sit wet for just a minute and then I carefully peeled up the stencil from the wet paint. Note: Do not let the stencil dry with the paint…when you try to take it off later, it will probably take the paint on your project off too!

Once you’ve removed the stencil. Let the original paint dry completely before adding the second part of the stencil if you will need to overlap the stencil and the wet paint.

Step by Step Tutorial for Stenciling Like a Pro

5) Now that you are a pro – Start stenciling everything!

While I had all the paints and stencils out – I let the stencil dry and then decided to stencil two throw pillows for our living room. Stenciling on the canvas pillow cases was actually much easier than my DIY painted cabinet. I plan on doing many more pillows for my house as each pillow only took about 5 minutes!

3 Simple Steps to Stencil like a Pro

Where to Buy

You can head to your local craft store, such as Joanne’s or Hobby Lobby, or head over to I Love to Create and pick out all of your stenciling goods!! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and updates. And most importantly – Follow them on Pinterest for all their latest projects, ideas, and inspiration!!

Disclosure: This post was written as a sponsored post for Tulip For Your Home. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

A New Method For Developing a Habit of Prayer

By Ashley Roe, Contributing Writer

Developing a consistent habit of prayer is not an easy task, at least not for me. It’s something I’ve always seemed to struggle with, either because I just didn’t make the time for it or I didn’t really know how to do it “right”.

A New Method For Developing a Habit of Prayer

I guess I thought that you had to pray a certain way or a certain amount of times for it to be effective. I know now that there is no right or wrong way to pray but I still seem to struggle with making it a priority. So to help develop my habit of prayer, I sought out to come up with something to keep my prayers in.

While I was in college, I often used a simple composition notebook and wrote prayers, verses, notes or other bible study related things in it. It was a great way to keep these things in one place but I was rarely consistent with it and it was not very organized. I still keep a notebook for notes and bible study but as far as prayers, it just doesn’t work well for me.

After a lot of searching and trying various methods, I finally came across something called a mustard seed prayer journal. I loved how it is organized by different categories instead of days of the week. I think prayer journals set up by day can be great but it just doesn’t work for how I function. I don’t want to be “forced” to pray for one thing on a specific day and this method allowed for more flexibility which I like. So I took this concept and created my own journal from it. If you want to make your own, see my tutorial below.

Tutorial for Creating Your Own Prayer Journal 

Prayer Journal Tutorial

Step 1: Gather your supplies

  • Composition notebook
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod-Podge or another adhesive
  • Foam brush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape

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Step 2: Plan your design

  • Decide which paper you want to use and where. You could easily just use the same design on both sides to make it simple.
  • For mine, I used a stripe pattern on the back and brought it around the spine to the front. Then for the front I used a pattern in a complementary color. I also wanted to incorporate a favorite verse of mine to remind myself of God’s power and the effectiveness of prayer so I made a small printable to use on the front.

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Step 3: Cut your paper

  • Now it’s time to put it together. First, place your notebook over the paper so you see the underside of it. Trace around the notebook with your pencil. Then cut on the line. Do this for however many pieces you are using.
  • I wrapped part of the back piece around the front to cover the spine, but you can also cut two pieces to cover the front and back and leave the spine as is.

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Step 4: Attach your paper to the notebook

  • If you are using mod-podge, cover the surface with a layer and line up your paper in the correct position. Press down so that it stays in place.
  • Wait a few minutes and if desired coat the top with another layer of mod-podge. I like to do this because it gives a smooth and shiny finish.
  • If you are not using mod-podge, just adhere the paper to the notebook however you can to make it stay.
  • Set aside until adhesive dries completely.

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Step 5: Create tabs

  • Cut squares out of some of your leftover paper. Mine are about 2 inches by 2 inches, but you can adjust the size depending on the size of your notebook or your preference.
  • Fold each square in half and label with the following: Thanks for, Sorry for, Please, Family, Friends, Others.

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Step 6: Divide your notebook into six sections

  • Split up your pages as evenly as you can.
  • Place your tabs on the first page of each section.
  • Place each tab in descending order so that there is a tab on the first page. To attach, unfold the tab and tape it to one piece of paper. Fold over and tape the other side to the back of that same piece of paper. Be sure that you have enough room to leave the label visible when the notebook is closed.

Now your done! Write prayer requests or prayers in the appropriate sections. When recording prayer requests, I write the date then the persons name if applicable and the request or other related notes. For more about how to use this notebook check out this post on Throne of Grace, where I first learned of this type of prayer journal.

More Ideas for Using This Method of Prayer

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of making your own journal, there are other ways you could organize your prayer life using a similar method.

Three Ring Binder

For a super easy and non crafty way to make a prayer journal like the one above, just use a thin binder with loose leaf paper and divider tabs. You could most likely gather all these supplies from your local dollar store so this would be an inexpensive project too! To make your journal, just label your tabs and fill with paper in between. You could even add other sections like a space for notes or journaling.

Note Cards

I love having note cards on a binder ring for bible verses but they could also work for keeping prayers and prayer requests. Divide sections using different colors of note cards or make a title card for each section similar to the tabs used above. These would also be easier to carry around than a larger notebook which would be nice if you want a more compact version.

Smart Phone or Tablet

Make use of your smart phone or tablet by keeping track of prayers on it. You can record things in a note app or use something like Evernote or Google Drive and make notebooks or documents for each of the sections. This would be a great paperless way to keep track of prayers.

What I love about both of these apps is that you can access them on your computer and mobile device so you could type up something while on your regular computer but still access it anywhere from your phone.

Just Pray

I love this method because it works for me. I like how I can just add requests and prayers to different sections of my notebook at any time. It also helps me keep better track of who I need to pray for. If someone asks for prayer I am more likely to write it in my notebook and actually pray for thier request that I would have been if I wasn’t using this method. However, If this type of method does no work for you then do something else!

The most important thing to remember when it comes to prayer is not how to do it but just that you do! Remember that prayer is powerful whether you write it in a notebook or just silently utter your requests while your driving to the grocery store or doing dishes.

One Final Note

I know that sometimes it can seem like you are praying without seeing any sort of answer. It can be tough to go through a long season like that but hold on to hope, God hears and is working whether you know it or not. There’s a verse in Ephesians 3 that I have been referring to a lot and it has helped me to remember that my prayers are powerful because God is powerful. I even used the verse on the cover of my journal so I get this reminder everytime I use it. If you need a reminder of God’s power and how it can work through your prayer, recite this verse:

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV

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Frugal Family Friendly Christmas Activities

By Ashley Roe, Contributing Writer

Rushing from one store to the next frantically trying to buy all your Christmas gifts while realizing that you still have to plan a dinner party for next week and figure out how you are going to find time to get the kids all dressed for Christmas pictures tonight. Does this sound like you during the Christmas season? This time of year can be so hectic that we miss out on important things like enjoying quiet time with our families and remembering what Christmas is really all about in the first place.

Over the past year, I have tried to be more intentional about spending time with my husband. It can be easy to go from day to day without intentionally spending time together, so I’ve come up with some different seasonal lists of things we can do together.

Last Christmas, I made activity cards of things to do. We were going through a rough season financially, but I did not want that to stop us from enjoying this time of the year. So  I made sure most of them did not cost anything but would still give us a way to enjoy the Christmas season together.

Frugal Christmas Activities for the Family

To help you be more intentional with making time for what is most important this season, I came up with some frugal family friendly activities that you can do. Christmas is a time to have fun with your kids or to feel like a kid again if you don’t have kids of your own. However, I don’t want you to think of this as a list of things you have to do rather some ideas of things you can do. Don’t make this about adding more stuff to your ever-growing to do list. It should be more about creating traditions with your family for Christmas.

20 Activity Ideas

1. Create a fun tradition of decorating your home for Christmas. Growing up, my family always did this the Friday after Thanksgiving. It was the first official day to bring out all the Christmas decorations and music. You could even make hot chocolate or drink some eggnog while you are decorating. Whatever you do, make sure that it a fun and memorable time.

2. Go somewhere to look at Christmas lights. If there’s a nearby neighborhood that is known for having lots of good lights, take a drive after dark to see it. We have a park that decorates every year so I like to go down there at least once to see the lights. There’s also a zoo not too far away that decorates for Christmas too.

3. Go to a tree lighting ceremony. This could be a fun event for young kids. Look on your local cities website for a list of events to see if there’s a tree lighting. Many cities also have other special events going on along with the tree lighting as well.

4. Go see a Christmas parade or watch one on TV. Parades are a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit. It has always been a tradition in my family to watch the Macy’s parade on Thanksgiving day.

5. Watch a family friendly Christmas movie. I love bringing out the Christmas movies! Some of my favorites are; The Polar Express, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, The Santa Clause and A Charlie Brown Christmas. decorating the tree

6. Turn off all the lights in the house except the Christmas lights. I do this often while the house is decorated for Christmas. It gives the living room a peaceful glow. It is especially fun to do this while watching a Christmas movie.

7. Take fun pictures outside. This is especially fun if you can get pictures in the snow.  But even if you don’t have snow, chances are there’s a place somewhere that’s decorated for Christmas where you can get some nice pictures.

8. Have a game night. Games nights are fun to have any time of the year, but it’s a good way to spend time with friends and family during the holidays too. We often made time on holidays to play games as a family and I want to keep making this a tradition.

9. Organize a game night with prizes. This is a little different that just playing games. Each person brings a set number of separately wrapped gifts worth a dollar. It can be anywhere from one to five items.

You can even make this white elephant style where everyone finds some sort of random item around their house that they no longer want. Play a game like bingo where there are specific winners. When someone wins, they get to pick a gift. Just make sure that the gifts get spread around evenly so that everyone gets something.

10. Play outside in the snow. You could go sledding, make snow forts, build a snowman and make snow angels. Playing in the snow can still be a fun activity for grown ups too. So get outside and feel like a kid again!

11. Find a free Christmas concert or program to attend. Lots of churches have great programs for Christmas. My church does a special even each year with music and drama. My husband and I are in it this year since we joined the orchestra. Go on local churches websites to see if they have something like this. Your local city website’s list of events is another place to find a list of these type of programs. Last year, my husband and I discovered some new events this way.

12. Bake lots of cookies then package them up to give away to friends and family. One of my favorite Christmas activities as a kid was decorating sugar cookies.

13. Make your own Christmas cards. You can design your own with a photo editing program or just have the kids draw, paint, use stamps or whatever else you can think of. Another idea is to use old cards to make new ones. I have lots of cards from earlier years just sitting in a box. So one year I got some scrapbook supplies together and cut up some of these old cards to use for making new cards.

14. Make ornaments. There are lots of tutorials around the internet for different kinds of ornaments. One thing I remember doing as a kid, was gluing sequins on pine cones so they looked like decorated Christmas trees. It’s a simple craft, but looks cute.

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15. Create a hot chocolate or coffee bar. Set up a table with a variety of add-ins like some marshmallows, whipped topping, peppermint sticks, flavored syrups, cinnamon and sprinkles.

For hot chocolate, find a recipe to make it in a slow cooker and have a ladle for people to be able to scoop it into mugs.

If you want to do coffee for the adults, make a pot of coffee and keep it warm in an insulated carafe. it might also be a good idea to have some cream for the coffee. For some coffee ideas, check out this post of Joyful Thrifty Home called how to make coffeehouse quality drinks at home. 

16. Read the Christmas story from the bible on Christmas morning. We always did this growing up. I’m sure there were times when I would have rather just opened presents, but I’m glad that my mom made sure we knew the reason for the season. I hope to make this a tradition when I have kids someday.

Unwrapping the Gift

17. Create or use some sort of Advent calendar. This is a fun way to countdown to Christmas that usually starts on December first. There are many ways to do this using online printables or craft ideas. There’s even a lot of cute things you can buy for this purpose.

Last year, I made a calendar by printing circles with numbers one through 25 on them. Then I put a different verse that had something to do with Jesus and the Christmas story on the back. Each day, I took one down and  my husband and I read the verse on the back together.

This year, I put together an Advent e-book called Unwrapping the Gift with two other blogging friends; Crystal from Wisdom Seeking Mommy and Jane from Devoted Sonriser. It has 25 devotionals about gifts we are given through Jesus. There’s also a set of printables included that you can use to make your own advent calendar. It is free for a limited time for email subscribers of Joyful Thrifty Home or either of the other two contributors. Click here to get your FREE copy now.

18. Find a way to give to someone in need. Christmas is a great time of year to teach kids about thankfulness and giving, but it doesn’t have to be just to teach kids a lesson. Giving has a way of touching our hearts as well. Some ideas might be to pick out a name from a local Angel Tree and shop for gifts for that child, put together a box for Operation Christmas Child or volunteer at a local food bank to help pass out food.

19. Read a Christmas themed book together. You can pick a simple story book like The Night Before Christmas, or a longer book that you read aloud one or two chapters at a time.

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20. Make a Christmas wreath with supplies from your local craft store. This is a great project  to do even if you think you are craft challenged. All you need is a wreath and a few decorations to add to it. It can be as simple as you want. Stores like Hobby Lobby often put their Christmas supplies on sale for up to 50% off. So find out when a sale is going on and go pick up a few things to decorate your wreath.

Printable Activity Cards

As I mentioned above, I created a set of cards with different activities on each one. I have included some printables and instructions so that you can make your own. Click the image below to go to the page where you can download and print your own set of Christmas Activity Cards. Follow the steps below for instructions on how to use them.

Free Printable Christmas Activity Cards

1. Print your activity cards. Depending on how many activities you want to include, you may need to print multiple sheets of activity cards.

2. Print your envelope labels.

3. Cut out your cards and labels.

4. Glue or tape your labels to two empty envelopes.

5. Write out a different activity for each card and place in the activities to do envelope.

6. Put somewhere easy to find or hang on the wall. When you want to do a new activity pick a card. When you finish, put it in the activities done envelope.

I hope you are now inspired to try something new this Christmas season! Pick some of the twenty ideas above or think of some of your own. Whatever you choose to do, make it a way to have a fun and meaningful Christmas season this year.

 What are some other ideas you have for family friendly Christmas activities?

What’s your favorite way to celebrate the Christmas season?

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