Holiday Salt-Cookie Ornaments!!

I love doing crafts with my kids.  And holiday season gives me lots of opportunity.  I also find that it helps me my “control freak” a bit of a break.  I mean, there is no way 5 year olds are making perfect ornaments with straight lines and pretty lettering.  So it’s a free for all with lots of shiny stick on thingys and crazy paint patterns, and some painted shiny stick on thingys.  And once we’re all done, the kids get to help me hang them up.  What a joy it is to see the pride on their faces.

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Holiday Advent

So I suffer from severe Christmas envy.  I grew up with a minister’s daughter for a best friend, and every year, I got to go over and do up the tree and get a present.  (Read my last post for more of this mushy stuff)  So, as a modern 2014 Jewish mommy, my goal is to make this holiday as fun and festive as Christmas.

To start off with, they have this advent thingy.  It’s a luscious cardboard box with daily tabs that open up to reveal yummy chocolates.  WELL!!! I love chocolate!!!!  So, why not make a Hanukkah one?  And maybe fill it with not only some Hanukkah Gelt (wrapped chocolates that look like coins), or some little gifty items like lip gloss, or even a yo-yo I picked up for my son!  I’ve got hair clips and Kinder Surprises, and all kinds of cute dollar-store-type items that my kids will just love.  Imagine getting to open one of these little packages every single day of Hanukkah!! That’s 8 days of fun!!

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