advent activities – christmas gifts and a puppet show

As the Chrsitmas gifts I’ve ordered have arrived in the mail, I have set them in my art studio (as it is a bit off-limits unless I am with them).  The builder has been begging to use the boxes…wondering when I will be done with them. 

They received some beautiful puppets from my dear friend Janice, and were anxious to create their own puppet show.  I began opening the boxes one-by-one, hiding those for them in my closet, and giving them the empty boxes. 

They used about ten boxes of all shapes and sizes to create their own puppet stage.  The builder spent a good deal of time planning how it should be accomplished.  I admire his resolve in his project process.  Then he went upstairs and found more animals that could be part of their show.  Soon, the “backstage” was filled with potential show charachters….along the wall and in the window sill.  I helped them for a while and then let them do their thing.  They played and laughed, ate popcorn together, and had a blast…all afternoon long!

Perhaps one day we’ll build memories making something special for Christmas.  I’ve decided that beginning next year, I will help the kiddos make gifts for eachother.  What beautiful memories we mill make and share.

A beautiful book we found at the library about making and building memories together:

The Christmas Memory Quilt

The Christmas Memory Quilt by Kimberly Webb.  Such a lovely story.  All about family, giving, creating, and sharing.  I loved it and the kiddos did too.  One day we’ll have to make the Christmas memory quilt…there are instructions in the back of the book.  🙂

5 thoughts on “advent activities – christmas gifts and a puppet show

  1. Hey—it was fun to get a Google alert about someone reading my one and only published picture book. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it, but I have to admit I don’t know anything about quilting (the publisher added the instructions for me). I always remembered my mom and great-grandma quilting together to make the blanket for my bed when I was seven or eight, which I received for Christmas. I thought they must have spent a lot of time chatting during that quilting time.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

    Kim (Webb) Reid

    • Oh Kim, it is such a beautiful book! My daughter and I read it again today, and just love it! I hope you’ll write some more. I don’t know how to quilt either, but my grandma and aunts and even cousins are so into it. I feel the same, that they had incredible conversations and memories made together. I’d like to do it with my daughters as well. I want to do it someday…perhaps when the kiddos are all in school. 🙂 You’ll have come over and we can learn together. Till I learn all of that amazing stuff that they do, I do want to do the Christmas quilt in your book. It looks like a good starter, and I’m definitely going to stitch in the memories. I taught my self to do some basic embroidery last year with our Christmas stockings, and fell in love with it. Thanks so much for your comment. It made my day.

      Happiest of Holidays to you as well!
      luv, trina

  2. What a fun post, Katrina. I love the idea of sibling handmade gifts. I’ve been reading Design Mom’s creative ideas and am determined that next year we’ll start!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. That book sounds divine. I’ll have to look for it @ my library.

    Boxes amaze me. They are a constant source of play, creativity and fun for my kids.

    Hope you & your sweet fam have a very Merry Christmas!

    PS: We’ll be back in Provo in mid-January, Feb, and twice in April, which gives us many chances for future LNO & meet ups! Sound like a plan? 🙂

    PPS: Did I tell you we got your Christmas card? It is a piece of art. Loved the pics, esp the Nevada desert-y one. And your hair is growing long, I love it!! The beautiful desert made me homesick and I still live there even. (I’m kind of crazy/weird that way.)

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