Just Color! ~ Christmas Nativity

The idea behind Just Color! is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

I just added a new Christmas Nativity Coloring set!

Just Color Nativity

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

We also have 2 other Christmas Coloring sets…

Just Color 12 Days of Christmas s  Just Color Christmas

Looking for more Christmas Theme fun?

Christmas Theme Pinterest Board

A Stress-free Advent Experience

Organize Advent Activities in Advance

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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 as December 1st approaches. I shared our free Jesse Tree collection a couple of weeks ago, which is a great option for those of you looking for meaningful but simple.

We have used Truth in the Tinsel for the past two years and loved it. If you are looking for something new and haven’t done Truth in the Tinsel yet with your little ones, I highly recommend it! I even have a discount code for you {off of the eBook only, which is $7.99 regularly priced}. Use code: ONEPLUS to get 20% off!

Truth in the Tinsel


Knowing my drop-out tendencies from years past, I knew I needed to prepare in advance and have a simple system.  This is the set up we used for the past two years, which has worked beautifully!  I even saved the bags and laminated numbers so it’s even easier now to set up!


I got 24 brown paper bags, and put the supplies for each day {the small specific ones from Truth in the Tinsel} in each bag. Last year we used both Truth in the Tinsel and our Jesse Tree, so both were 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.   It was a great way to remind me each day, and also to keep the kids excited!

Looking for simple but not into the Jesse Tree plan I shared?  You might like using just the printable ornaments for Truth in the Tinsel, they can be colored instead of putting together a craft each day!  Last year we did this and pulled out our crafts from the previous year each day.



I saw an awesome idea shared recently, from Educating Laytons here.  Stef used Lego pieces to create Lego pieces to go along with Truth in the Tinsel!  If you have Lego fans, go check out her awesome ideas!

I have Truth in the Tinsel board where I pin helpful posts I find, as well as posts from our blog featuring us in action!


Here’s Amanda’s Truth in the Tinsel Pinterest board to see even more ideas!  There’s also a Facebook page!

As December 1 gets closer and closer, I remember my motto for all of our Christmas fun activities ~ Mommy’s ATTITUDE matters way more than the ACTIVITIES.  This one simple phrase has really helped me stay focused on what really matters. In years past I would get totally stressed out and barely enjoy the moments I had worked so hard to prepare for my children. These past couple of years have been more peaceful and fun and for that I am thankful!


Christmas Nativity Q-Tip Painting

Christmas Nativity Q-Tip Painting

I am sure you can tell I am on a bit of a Q-Tip painting kick {Thanksgiving, Noah’s Ark, Tinkerbell, Despicable Me, Lalaloopsy, Sofia the FirstMouse Paint, ABC, 123}.  Although my Ladybug is totally done with the actual Q-Tips she still enjoys these and we find creative ways to use the tiny dots! 

This Christmas set has a Nativity theme and includes a set focusing on the beginning sound, and also a set with the entire word in tiny dots.  I also included a black and white set in this pack!

~>~>~> Download Christmas Q-Tip painting here! <~<~<~

More Christmas Fun…

Christmas Theme Pinterest Board

Christmas Printables and More

The Sparkle Box ~ a Tradition of Giving

The Sparkle Box

Last year we started a new tradition, based on an amazing book I stumbled upon, The Sparkle Box. You can read all about the plan here in our Christmas Gifts for Jesus post from last year.  We are looking forward to doing this again and I wanted to share in plenty of time in case anyone else wants to give it a try this year!

Christmas Gifts for Jesus


It ended up being a fabulous experience for our family, but it did NOT start out that way.  My sweet little Ladybug was devastated that the World Vision catalog we looked through wasn’t a toy catalog! See how her sadness turned to pure joy on the day I introduced the idea to my kids last year.

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All month long we collected money in secret, nobody knew what anyone else had put in or how much we would end up with.  It was exciting for the kids and for us in the weeks leading to Christmas day.

On Christmas Day we counted the money, see our post, What We Gave to Jesus for Christmas to read how it went!

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All you need to duplicate this idea in your home is the book and the box! When you order the book, it comes with the box inside! As a family decide how you will use the box.  We came up with our own idea, the book idea is about acts of kindness, not collecting money.  The book can be used to launch some great discussion about what your family and children can do! See The Sparkle Box website here for even more ideas and inspiration!

The Sparkle Box

Our Sparkle Box posts…

Jesse Tree Printables

Jesse Tree Resources

Are you looking for something…

simple to prepare,

easy to remember each day,

and FREE

to do with your kids to help focus on the true meaning of CHRISTmas?


Our Jesse Tree printable activities and eBook are just that!  Some years I love to go all out, and others I need easy and simple.  This will be a simple year for us since we will be traveling for Christmas.

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Just decide which of the 3 resources you plan to use {you don’t have to use all 3 but you can} and prepare now so you won’t be overwhelmed closer to December 1st!


Jesse Tree Calendar Connections are simple printable calendar cards that need to be printed, laminated {if possible} and cut out.  Each day you add one to your calendar and read the corresponding fact card.


Jesse Tree Printable Ornaments need to be pre printed, laminated, & cut out.  Then you will need to punch a hole and add a string or something to hang the ornament.  A tiny bit more prep work, but can be done early so all you do each day is add the ornament to your Jesse Tree.Jesse Tree Ornaments[4]


The Jesse Tree eBook is coordinated with the Calendar Cards, you can easily read the text portion from the eBook as you put up your calendar card and/or printable ornament each day! You can even JUST use the eBook, which means NO prep required!  Just download the PDF file to your device and read from it each day!


Not sure how to put pdf files on your device?  Here’s a post about that on my blog!

Personally, we will be using all three, I think.  Or at least the ornaments and the eBook.  I have all of them prepared from last year so it should be easy for us!

If you are looking for something more elaborate and also focused on Christ, I highly recommend Truth in the Tinsel. We have used it and will certainly use it again, just not this year since we are traveling and I know my limits on daily crafts!  See how we organized our daily crafts when we did it here.



See our Christmas Pinterest board for more fun Christmas ideas!

Christmas Theme Pinterest Board