St. Nicholas Day and Family Fun Friday {12/6/13}

Celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas

December 6th is the Feast of St. Nicholas and I am excited that our family is going to be adding a new tradition of celebrating St. Nicholas Day. We are going to make a whole day of it and make crafts, treats, talk about St. Nicholas, and the kids will get to open their stockings.

I found the cutest cookies that we are going to make from Jessica at Catholic Cuisine
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For the kids stockings, we’ve just filled with a few small items. Most of these I’ve gotten onsie-twosies over the last several months, whenever I find something on sale or sometimes even free. I also put in a Hershey’s Bar wrapped to look like St. Nicholas. I found the template at a fantastic site called St. Nicholas Center.

St. Nick Hershey Bars

we are also putting gold coins in the kids stockings to represent the cold coins St. Nicolas gave in secret. I found an awesome template to put images of St. Nick on the coins from Jessica at Shower of Roses. They turned out so cute!

St. Nick Gold Coins

We’ll be books on St. Nicholas” target=”_blank”>reading books and sharing the stories and life of St. Nicholas.

We are going to end our evening with a family movie night and will watch Miracle on 34th Street.

Do you celebrate St. Nicholas Day? I’d love to hear how!

And now on to Family Fun Friday:

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Our vision for Family Fun Friday is to help busy moms find the best blogger resources on the web. The party highlights ways to save time and money in the areas of teaching young children and cooking in the kitchen. We also love to feature ways to have fun together as a family. Well the party has grown, and so have the categories – we’re going to add a DIY/craft element to family fun friday to celebrate all the talented DIY bloggers out there.

Learning

This week is all about bringing to light new and exciting ways of learning through discovery. From bubble lights to marble tubes, I am featuring some awesome posts where the fun of learning never ends.

Family Fun Friday Learning Discoveries

1. It’s all about bears today over at Annie’s Adventures in Homeschooling. Annie has put together a fantastic Bear Unit Study where your child will discover all the amazing qualities of different types of bears. I can’t wait to do this with my own children!

2. Using popsicle sticks and cute cut-outs, Debbie from Bible Fun for Kids shows you how to make a Baby Jesus Song come to life. Cut and inspiring, your kids will have fun discovering and recreating the birth of Jesus over and over again.

3. Creative, cute, fun and inspiring all wrapped up in a big giant Bean-Chute Marble Run. Emma from P is for Preschooler gives step by step instructions for creating this hands-on masterpiece with materials found around the house.

4. S is for Scientist today as Ashley from Life with Moore Babies explores the scientific theory with a great “mad scientist” experiment that will leave your children wanting to make more discoveries on their own!

5. Over at Where Imagination Grows, it’s all about Bubbling Color Mixing on a Light Table. This is one of the coolest experiments I have seen ever. I have GOT to get me one of these light trays. Although, even if you don’t have one you can still pull of this great experiment!

6. Kim from Savor the Days, shares a great lesson on stewardship as she helps little ones discover Where Food Comes From. She hits all the senses, touch, feel, site and even taste using real sugar cane to talk about food processing.

DIY/Craft

We have a brand new DIY/Craft Category that we are introducing this week. Whether it is children’s crafts, crafts for around the home, or your favorite do-it-yourself project, we’d love to see you join in! This week I’m highlighting fantastic crafts and projects to bring Christmas into your home!

Family Fun Chritmas Decor DIY and Crafts

1. At Crystals Tiny Treasures, Crystal shares a sweet Wooden Fingerpainted Ornament that even her toddlers can do. With a little pain, supervision and a bit of imagineation, she turns an ordinary ornament into a keepsake.

2. When I was a little girl, I remember my mom having beautiful frames she would sit around the house for Christmas time. Cami, from TitCrafty shows you how to take a cheap dollar store frame and turn it into a lovely Ribbon and Masking Tape Photo Frame to show off those special holiday photos!

3. I am all about doing things on the cheap and saving money when it comes to decorating for the Holidays. Lindz from Interior Fun shows us just how to create a charming Christmas Tree Craft for under $2. You can’t beat that!

4. I love seeing projects that use repurposed materials. And I’ve seen some pretty creative and beautiful things come out of them. Linda from Crafts Ala Mode, transforms an old house shutter into a Red Shutter Christmas Door Decoration. It’s classy and creative all at the same time. I think it’s time to start looking around for some old scraps!

5. Catherine from Happily Ever Crafter has come up with a fantastic way to decorate the walls for the Holiday season AND get the kids involved. I am really impressed with how well these cute Popsicle Stick Snowflakes turned out. I’m pretty sure these are going to make it to the walls of my home sometime this season!

6. To finish things off, Le Baby Bakery has a great roundup of 20+ Pre-School Christmas Crafts. I’m looking forward to doing these with the children to hang on our Wall of art!

Family Fun

One of the things we love about blogging is that we get to meet so many wonderful bloggers who have really big hearts. Big hearts for their kids, for the community, for their family. It’s so inspiring and encouraging. Monica thinks you will love the features she has selected this week. If you like this list, please PIN it on Pinterest.

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1. Sharon at Rediscovered Families shared a wonderful post just perfect for the holidays, Advent A to Z: Prayerful & Playful Preparations. Sharon has co-authored this book which is an Advent devotional book for families. Check out her post for more information.

2. Georgina from Craftulate made some shiny and fun Christmas tree ornaments with her kids in her post Fill and Shake Christmas Tree Ornaments. What a wonderful way to spend time together as a family.

3. Army Wife to Suburban Life created an adorable advent calendar for her family and in her post Advent Calendars and What to Put In Them she shares some great ideas for things to put into an advent calendar. I love that this is a very visible and tangible craft.

4. Kelly from Dixie Dollar Deals wrote a guest post over at Heidi’s blog One Creative Mommy on 12 Days of Christmas Books and Activities. She has paired some warm children’s books with some adorable crafts. If you are looking for some Christmas fun for your kids, make sure to read Kelly’s post.

5. Looking for Encouragement as a mom? Check out the FREE eBook over at Christina’s blog, Amanda’s Books and More. Nurturing Joy, by Moms for Moms includes interviews of 14 different moms who write from their experience about how they walk out the joy of motherhood.

6. Missy at Dot To Dot Connections shared some wonderful ideas with her post 5 Ways to Give with your Children this Christmas. All of Missy’s ideas are doable even for a family with young children. If you’re looking for active, hands-on giving ideas this Christmas, make sure to check out Missy’ post.

Delicious Recipes

We are amazed every week by the talent of our recipe experts! If you’re looking for some refreshing new tastes and dishes to try you’ve come to the right place. Read on for some delicious recipes that Monica has chosen to feature this week:

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1. My family loves chicken but my same-old recipes can get boring which is why I love this Chicken Brest Rolls w/Onion Mustard Stuffing recipe from Lori over at Lori’s Culinary Creations.

2. Gina and her family from Klienworth & Co. were all sick. So, Gina cooked up this Idaho Potato Soup. It looks amazing. Gina – I hope you all are feeling better this week.

3. And check out this recipe for Dads Beef Short Ribs from Sarah over at Thank you Honey Blog. Sarah’s dad is practically a chef and he gives good advice when it comes to Short Ribs.

4. And just look at this Carmel Apple Cider by Danita from O Taste and See Blog. She writes that it tastes just like apple pie. I love the carmel and whipped cream

5. Do you whip bananas into banana bread? How about something new? Check out The Best Frosted Banana Bar Recipe from Elena over at Cropped Stories. Elena raves about the frosting too – a fantastic dessert post.

6. And Veronica, at Digiscrap Boutique created these Easy Turtle Cheesecake Bites. I was intrigued by the combination of chocolate and cheesecake and even more interested by the idea that there were easy to make. I read through her entire post and am encouraged to inform you that these are totally doable. If you need to take an amazing treat to a party – check out Veronica’s post.

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12 Responses to St. Nicholas Day and Family Fun Friday {12/6/13}

  1. Birgit J says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to join this link up! I wasn’t sure where I was supposed to add my Facebook page so I’ll add it here: https://www.facebook.com/DesignsbyBirgit
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  2. Donna Godfrey says:

    Wow….you did a great job here. I will be back to check out all the links you provided. Thanks for the great job you do. I am learning a lot.

  3. Jennifer says:

    St Nicholas day is our favorite holiday around here. The kids leave out their shoes and get a small toy (like a top or loom bands, or a whistle) and a bit of candy. This year, I did only one candy and gave a book instead. Then we have a candy cane danish for breakfast, Pizza with a cheese miter cap on it for lunch and a dinner of fruited pork, sweet potatoes, and glazed carrots. We put out a bowl of clementines or tangerines, and candy canes that stay one our table until Christmas. We pray a blessing over them from the St Nicholas Center site. The kids spend the day making gifts for family and friends and we usually watch the Veggie Tales St Nicholas movie. The kids also receive a large gift that they have t give away. This year, it was cash they are planning n using it to buy some items from the Operation Christmas Child catalog for poor people around the world. They also leave a brief list of tings they would like in their stockings for Christmas. Tat is the only Christmas list we do. I try to keep the gimmies at bay. At night, we build Gingerbread houses with some family members, after dinner is through.

    • Chelsey says:

      Love, love, love your taditons Jennifer! :) What do you use to make your candy cane danish with? I’d love a recipe! :) Fabulous ideas! :) Thanks for stopping by! :)

  4. Jennifer Hansen says:

    I have to admit, I stole that idea from Jessica. I know she has a recipe on her blog, but she is a much more accomplished baker than me. I simply use crescent rolls (recipe version if you can find it) then fill it with cherry pie filling and cream cheese if I have any. I roll it into a log, bend the top over to form a cane, then cut slits down the side to see the red cherries. Bake on 350 for about 20 minutes. The other recipes are from St Nicholas Center.

    • Chelsey says:

      Girl – I’m a crescent roll gal so that is right up my ally! :) That sounds so yummy, I’m going now to look for it and pin it for next year!!!! :)

  5. Rosey says:

    Those little Santa cookies are smileworthy cute. I’m visiting today from Fun Friday. :)

  6. Sylvia says:

    These are such cute ideas for celebrating St. Nicholas Day! I look forward to checking out some of your links as I have the time. Thanks for sharing at Living and Learning With Our New Normal! I hope you’ll come again.

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