12 Days of Christmas ~ Truth in the Tinsel

So, we are loving Truth in the Tinsel, as are thousands of others from what I can see on the Facebook page! image

I wanted to give a peek at what we have done so far in case it inspires anyone to go ahead and get started ~ it is NOT too late!!  It really has been SO easy, the only time consuming part for me was developing the plan and gathering and preparing the materials.  Now that that is done, I just pull out the bag, notebook, Bible, and we get to work!IMG_7546

I printed the Truth in the Tinsel eBook and put it in a binder, which you can see above laying under our Bible.  This has worked well, allowing me to glance at the lesson before beginning and gathering whatever supplies I didn’t put into the individual bags {scissors, glue, etc.}.  Here’s a reminder of our bags {more details here in my first post}…

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We began earlier than December 1st, for a few reasons. 1-I was ready, 2-we will be traveling this year for Christmas, and 3-I know we won’t be able to do a craft every day.  I really want to finish all 24, so I figured a 3 day head start was in order.

Of my 3 kids, Pac and Ladybug LOVE this-they are my crafty kids and look forward to seeing what is in the bag.  Krash is our current grump of the house so he isn’t all that into it, but he hangs around {mostly because I make him}.

Working on Day 1, we brought in a candle as I read the lesson part in darkness, they all loved that.

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Day 2, the crown.  We are only making 1 craft per day so we divide the work up between the 3 kids.  So far this is working just fine.  I knew I could not handle 3 crafts per day x 24.  I just know my limits.

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Later that evening, Ladybug asked me to make another crown.  She was begging me to do another bag, so we made anther crown instead of opening a new bag without the boys {they were at church with Daddy}.IMG_7585

We have garland hung around the railings that divide our dining room and our schoolroom.  We are displaying our chain and ornaments there.  Here’s a peek at a few…

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Do you have a post about your first day{s} with Truth in the Tinsel?  Leave a comment with a link to your post below so I and others can peek!


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12 Days of Christmas ~ Advent Adventures in Homeschool

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Advent is a special time for many families and the choices of how to celebrate and make this time meaningful are bursting up all over the internet.  Below are many of the ideas I have found, I recommend choosing one that would work for your family and get cracking.  But, don’t feel too badly if you are a Jesse Tree drop out like myself ~ just do what you can!  Choose something you can handle and have fun with it!  I always used to beat myself up if I didn’t do it “the right way” and then I realized that even my lame-o way {using my 5 year olds terminology} is better than no way. 

We will be using Truth in the Tinsel this year, which combines the idea of an Advent countdown with a Jesse Tree all wrapped up in fun crafts for little ones. 

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Knowing my drop-out tendencies, I knew I needed to prepare in advance and have a simple system.  This is what I decided on.

IMG_7391 I got 24 brown paper bags, and put the supplies for each day {the small specific ones} in each bag.  I used the printable numbers from this site, and laminated them so I could use them again next year.  I hung the bags up with thumb tacks on my bulletin board strips that we normally display the kids’ school work on.  Hopefully this will be a daily reminder and I won’t drop out this year!  I plan to do more than 1 per day on some days since we are traveling this year and also since we won’t be doing the crafts on weekends.  We are making it work for us!  My motto from last year’s Christmas activities will be in place too: Mommy’s ATTITUDE matters way more than the ACTIVITIES.

Here are my other favorite Advent/Jesse Tree printables online.  All of these are free…


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Truth in the Tinsel ~ Advent for Little Ones

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Truth in the Tinsel launches today and is on BIG sale for just $2.99!

How can you beat that?  Even if you just do a  few of the activities, it is wonderful to have them all at your fingertips AND to support the wonderful mom {my pal Amanda} in her efforts in creating this resource!

We WILL be using Truth in the Tinsel this year and I have many of our activities prepared.  We are officially Jesse Tree drop-outs.  I can never seem to make it till the end-mostly because of traveling.  This year I have decided to NOT stress about it and just do what we can.  When I talked with Amanda at Relevant when she was in the earlier stages of launching this eBook, I encouraged her to go for it-mostly to help people like me!  I am creative-yes, crafty-NO.  My kids love crafts, but I need someone to plan them ALL for me.  Thank You Amanda.

So, join me this month for some Truth in the Tinsel fun, grab your copy today during the Black Friday sale.  If you miss it today-don’t worry, the regular price is still totally affordable-$4.99.  Think of it as your way to send a tangible thank you to Amanda for her hours and hours and hours of work!

Get your copy of the wonderful eBook here!