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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 11

One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

Christmas Crafts!  Part Two

It is no secret I love hand and foot print art.  Last year we made these Mistletoes plates.  We gave them to some family as gifts.  I had thought we might make them again, but decided I wanted to do something different.

We made salt dough ornaments with the kids fingerprints to give to family.


OK, admittedly, I am not as pleased with them as I was with the plates.  Mostly because you can’t tell the difference between Ian’s & Sid’s thumb prints.

They are really easy, and I could make  a lot of them all at once.  Ian is much more cooperative with these projects than Sid is.  So I needed something that I could quickly make a lot.

To make these Christmas Tree Fingerprint Ornaments you will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water (+/-)
  • rolling-pin
  • cookie sheet
  • paint (or food coloring)
  • ribbon
  • thumbs belonging to your favorite kids

Preheat oven to 250°.

Mix salt and flour together, add water a little at a time until a dough if formed.  If using food coloring to color ornaments add to water prior to mixing with four & salt.  Knead until dough becomes elastic, smooth and stickiness is gone, adding little bits of flour as needed.

Roll out dough to 1/4″ thick on a greased surface.  Use Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out ornaments, I was able to make about 15.  Poke a hole for the ribbon at the top of the tree.


Have kids use finger/thumb prints to make ornaments on the cut out trees.


This is a good assembly line project.  Ian just went through and put two prints on each one.  I did have to tell him not to put them on the edge.


Little guys might need some help or persuading to get their thumbs on there.  Sid was not very enthusiastic about this.


Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 2 hours.  Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before painting.  I used whatever craft paint I had on hand.  One was acrylic and one was enamel, both worked fine.


Thread a length of ribbon through the hole and tie in order to hang up.

There is no ornament on a tree better than the ones your children make.  At least, according to me.




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What are your Christmas Traditions?

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12 Days of Christmas Tradition Dec 20

Christmas art work.  Okay, so it is not a tradition yet.  This is our first year, but I plan to make it a tradition.

Ian Christmas Crafts 1


Ian isn’t as much into painting, coloring or drawing as some kids I know.  He is too busy to sit down for that long.  So when he does I like to make sure I capture it on film.

Ian Christmas Craft 2

While at the craft store one day he found this wooden snowflake and ceramic snowman he wanted.  My mom bought them for him and she let him paint them at her house.

Ian Christmas Craft 3

Ian really likes to mix all his colors together in the painters tray before using them.  Such lovely artwork.


Happy Painting




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O’ Christmas Tree

We got our tree last weekend and decorated it this week.

Our Christmas Tree

Ian got into all the decorations while I was feeding the baby, I guess he was excited!

How is your Christmas tree decorated, or will be decorated?

Is there a theme or designated color?  My sister does her living room tree in red and white like a candy cane.

Store bought ornaments, Hallmark, handmade, or glass bulbs?

On my tree consists of mostly Hallmark ornaments.  It was what I grew up with, my mom would buy a new one every year.  Each ornament had a story behind it and when we decorated the tree she knew every one of them.

It got to the point where she couldn’t fit them all on her tree anymore so she handed down a portion to us kids.  She gave us ones that were bought in honor of us, or ones that were our favorites.

I loved this one of a bear on a tricycle, the pedals and front wheel moved.  I would put it on the bottom of the tree and play with it.  Now it is on my tree and my son gets to play with it.

We have continued to purchase ornaments in honor of our family members, I will buy them for my mom or my sister when I see one they need.

But the best thing is that now I can buy them for my sons.  This year my mom got Ian a Darth Vader ornament that has a motion sensor and guards the gifts.  It says things like “You will peek again, it is your destiny” or “I find you lack of patience disturbing” Ian loves it!

Darth Vader

Baby Sid got his first ornament this year.  It is a Winnie the Pooh one that says “Baby’s first Christmas”.  We have Ian’s and my first ornaments up on the tree too.

Christmas Tree

I love the fact that the Hallmark Keepsake ornaments are dated, so we always know when we got them.  Ian helped to put a few on the tree but then he found his favorites.

Christmas Tree

The two seal ornaments never made it on the tree.  In fact he has them in bed (he has a small obsession with seals lately).  Baby Sid didn’t help decorate the tree, but he is pleased at how it turned out.  I think his favorite thing is the lights.

For me the best way to decorate the tree with ornaments that come with memories.  I can’t wait to pass them on to my children.

Happy decorating!