Christ-centered advent:”The highest of all ideals are the teachings and particularly the life of Jesus of Nazareth, and that man in most truely great who is most Christlike. What you sincerely in your heart think of Christ will determine what you are, will largely determine what your acts will be….By choosing him as our ideal, we create within ourselves a desire to be like him, to have fellowship with him.” David O. McKay, Conference Report, April 1951
*Make paper candy canes
* Make heart-shaped candy cane lollipops
We were scheduled to go to a family Christmas party at CSI for the advent, but..due to our lingering illnesses, we decided it was best not the expose the rest of the world to it, or risk picking up something new! So, we improvised a bit, and with help from Skip to My Lou, we made several fun candy cane projects. We made the paper candy canes first; you simply cut a square (in your desired size, we used 8 1/2 x 81/2 and 3 1/2 x 3 1/2) and draw 1/8″ thick lines down two sides of the paper. Then color in the lines with red marker or crayon,
flip over and roll up. Tape to secure and roll one end around a pencil 2 or 3 times to get the crook in your candy cane. They turned out really cute–I drew the lines and assembled them, and the kids colored. We ended up poking holes in them and stringing them as a garland in the kitchen. The heart shaped lollipops were easy, fun for the kids to eat and (slightly) less messy to eat than regular candy canes. The instructions for the lollipops are found here, and the step-by-step for the paper candy-canes can be found here. Grandpa and Grandma are visiting, so it was fun to have them help us with the projects–and in the gathering of supplies..it is just too daunting to try and take 4 kids to the store, especially when they are all sick and it is 0 degrees outside!