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How to Make Origami Christmas Stockings….in Five Minutes!

 

Every year I have grand plans to create all kinds of amazing Christmas crafts with my children. Generally, I get derailed by all of the fancy supplies needed to complete the projects!  Usually, everything is too expensive or the craft is too time-intensive.  So, when my son picked out the book, Making Origami Christmas Decorations Step by Step, I jumped on board!  You see, before I started homeschooling, I was an avid scrapbooker.  I have a huge variety of scrapbooking tools, paper packs, stickers, and embellishments.  Then came homeschooling.  Well….let’s just say…..according to “scrapbooking years”….my five-year-old hasn’t even left the hospital from his delivery!  My scrapbooking gear waits for me….ever so patiently….to find a morsel of time.  So…origami?  Yes!  I have so much paper!!  (At least someone can use it!) 

So, would you like to know how to make a Christmas stocking?  My boys and I are making one stocking for each person that will be attending our Christmas get-together…..about twenty-five in all.  Since each stocking only takes about 5 minutes to make, (less once you get the hang of it), this was a reasonable craft to mass produce.  We are using stickers to put our guests’ names on each stocking.  We will fill the stocking with a candy cane and chocolate.  The stocking will be used as name cards at the tables.  Our guests will find their names and have a seat….and sample Hershey’s Kisses while they visit.

Here we go……

You will need 12×12 paper, tape, and scissors (or a paper cutter if you are a former scrap-a-holic.) You need one piece of paper for each stocking.  Optional: letter stickers for the names, a hole punch and ribbon to make it into an ornament, and candy or trinkets to place inside the stocking).   Choose paper that is lightweight (not cardstock). Also, choose paper that is white on one side and colored on the other side. 

Optional: Cut off two inches on each side. The book says that you should start with a 10×10 square, but we have kept it 12×12 as well. It still works fine, but the stocking will be a little bigger.

Place your paper on the table, white side down and colored side up. Fold up the bottom edge (about 2 inches.)

Flip your paper over so that the white side is up.

Rotate your paper so that the folded edge is now on the top, but still underneath.

Fold it in half.

Unfold.

Fold in the two bottom corners to make a point.

From the left side, fold the paper into the middle crease.   (You will be folding the paper over three times.  This is the first fold.)

Fold it again. (the middle edge to the the middle of the right side.  This is the second fold.)

Fold it a third time. Are you starting to see the stocking?

Fold up the bottom point so it touches the white paper. Crease it at the bottom.

Fold down the top half of the point to make the foot.

You are done! But, we like to tape down all of the folds to make it sleek.

Our finished product!

We filled our stockings with treats for our guests.

We used letter stickers to put names on each stocking.

While our stocking will be placed on our tables as name cards, I wanted everyone to have the option to hang them on the tree when they get home. So, we punched holes in the top and strung ribbon through the top.

When our guests leave, they can place it on their tree at home!

 

Our Other Origami Creations

The book had lots of ideas for various Christmas decorations.  Here are some of our other projects:   

We made a Christmas star. It is about 1/4 the size of my Christmas tree…..gone are the days of a well-manicured Christmas tree!

We made origami Christmas trees. We are going to line the backdrop of the food table with a row of these Christmas trees.

My son made an origami candle flame. He was afraid people wouldn’t know what it was, so he labeled it! :)

And….an origami wreath for my front door…..they took down my beautiful berry wreath and replaced it with this lovely creation. I had two inner voices screaming at me. One pleaded, “Really! Please give me my berry wreath back!” The other voice assured me, “Martha Stewart isn’t going to be here! It’s fine! Don’t wreck their self-esteem because of your people-pleasing nature!” The reasonable me won…this is my front door. :)

Are you creating with your kids? Please share your craft and recipe ideas in the comments!

 

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More Christmas Traditions

Okay, so these Christmas ideas are not spiritual.  But, God is the inventor of fun, right?  So, here is my list of not-so-spiritual Christmas traditions:

Have a scavenger hunt on Christmas morning for one of their presents.

•Everyone dresses in jammies and piles in the car to see Christmas lights.

•Make cookies and candies.

•Make homemade ornaments for the tree. 

•Decorate a tree outside. 

 •Sleep underneath the Christmas tree.

 •Each member of the family receives a new pair of jammies and a book on Christmas Eve.

•The family opens a new Christmas book on Christmas Eve.

•Each person can open one present on Christmas Eve.

•Each child receives a new ornament for the tree each year. 

•Put a miniature Christmas tree and Christmas lights in each child’s room. 

If you missed it, here is my list of ideas to keep Christ in Christmas.

 

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Keeping Christ in Christmas

In a sea of Santas, reindeer, and toy catalogs, I have found it to be a struggle to relate the true meaning of Christmas to my kids.  Don’t get me wrong, we celebrate Christmas with presents, lights, and an occassional “Ho, ho, ho.”  However, as I dim the lights on my Christmas tree, have I instilled meaning into our Christmas celebration?  A few years ago, in an effort to remember my Savior, I created a list of ideas to keep Christ in Christmas.  I hope you can find a few gems to add to your Christmas celebration.

Put a kid-friendly nativity in your child’s room.  Spend time role-playing the nativity scene with your child.   Fisher Price makes a plastic nativity set for about $20.  Remember that Jesus isn’t added to the scene until Christmas morning!

•Read the Christmas story in Luke 2:1-20 on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.

•Put a wooden box, manger, or baby cradle under your Christmas tree.   You put presents under your tree.  Well, Jesus was the best gift of all, so we put a manger under our tree to remind us.  The manger is empty until Christmas morning.  Then, Christmas morning, baby Jesus makes his grand appearance. Variation:  During the month of December, the family places a piece of straw in the manger every time they bless someone else.  The idea is to make a comfy bed for Jesus to sleep in by blessing other people. 

•Put a star on top of your Christmas tree- Say, “The wiseman saw the star and they knew that Jesus was here.  Every time we look at our star, we are reminded that Jesus is here with us!”

•Candy cane- Show your child that the candy cane looks like a J.  J stands for Jesus!  As your child gets older you can explain the other aspects of the candy cane.  Read the Legend of the Candy Cane.

•A letter from Santa-  There are several places on the web that offer personalized letters from Santa.  A few of the places have samples where Santa is reminding the child that Jesus’ birth is why we celebrate Christmas. 

•Read Christmas books that point to Jesus. 

          -God gave us Christmas

          -Legend of the Candy Cane 

          -Legend of the Christmas Tree 

          -What God Wants for Christmas

•Read aloud Christmas cards at dinner each night.  Take a few minutes to pray for the senders.  You might even send them a postcard telling them about your Christmas prayer for them! 

•Read the book The Adventure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel.  It has several other great ideas for remembering Jesus at Christmastime.  Also, it explains the Christian meaning behind several common Christmas traditions.  

•Birthday Countdown – You can use a traditional advent calendar, a regular calendar, a paper chain, a jar with 25 peppermints, or any other method.  Starting December 1, we begin the countdown.  But, instead of a countdown to presents, it is a countdown to Jesus birthday.  10 days until Jesus’ birthday party……4 days until Jesus’ birthday party…. 1 day until Jesus’ birthday party……Why do we get presents on his birthday?  That is just how much he loves us!   

 •Play dress up and reenact the birth of Jesus.  Your costumes don’t have to be fancy!!  Bathrobes, towels, and old sheets can be perfect!!  Assign each family member a part.  Then, just read Luke 2: 1-20 and perform.  You are not going for a Broadway performance!   But, you will make a lasting memory for your child!

•Each member of the family gets three gifts because Jesus received three gifts when he was born.  Not only does this point to the true meaning of Christmas, but it helps save money! 

 •Videotape your child telling you the Christmas story in his or her own words.  Every year, watch the previous years’ tapes.

•Have a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas morning!  Before opening gifts, take time to remind your child the reason for the celebration.  Show the child that Baby Jesus is in his manger under the tree.  Then, eat birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday!  (Also, you could make a frosted coffee cake or cinnamon rolls with birthday candles on it.)  You could even have red and green balloons!  After the party, tell your child, “Jesus loves you so much that we get to get presents on HIS birthday!!”  Then open your gifts.

•Another idea: Have your child give baby Jesus a gift for his birthday. What kind of gift does Jesus want?  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself.”  Have him or her write on a piece of paper a specific way that he could love God or love others over the next year.  Ex:  Give his heart to Jesus, take flowers to an elderly neighbor, write a letter of encouragement to a sick friend, write a worship song to Jesus, give his allowance to help a needy person, etc.  Have him write his gift on the paper.  Put the paper in a little jewelry box.  Put the jewelry box in a small gift bag.  Have the child place the gift bag in the manger with Jesus. 

•Tell them the meaning behind the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”  Check out this link:  http://www.crivoice.org/cy12days.html 

•Choose a non-profit that is meaningful to the gift recipient.  Make a donation to that non-profit in that person’s name.  The best way to thank Jesus for coming to earth for us is by loving those that he loves!  What could your family do to show God’s love this Christmas? Visit a nursing home?  Adopt a needy family? Host  an open house with cookies for your neighbors?

   “…..they will call him Immanuel which means God is with us.”  Matthew 1:23

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