Just for the Joy of it: Symbols of Christmas

I have shared with you all before that I want my boys to know the true meaning of holidays. I started on this mission last year. It is tradition in our family to have Christmas Eve at my house. We have my husband’s brother and his family over for dinner and fun. I started a new tradition last Christmas Eve by reading a story about the symbols of Christmas  and their true meaning. I found this cute story with Santa explaining what the symbols meant and that we should teach the children.

Our Salt Dough Symbol Ornaments

Our Salt Dough Symbol Ornaments

After I read the story, we made salt dough ornaments that represented the different symbols. My nephews really enjoyed this! A few days later, we painted the ornaments and saved them to hang on the tree this year. (I have no idea why my son painted the tree red, but I love it anyways!). I found that incorporating a craft with the story really made it fun and meaningful.

We now have our ornaments on our tree to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas! It brings me JOY to read the Teach the Children Story as I prepare for Christmas! It also brings me JOY to carry on traditions year after year.

What our your holiday traditions? I would love to know about your family traditions for holidays; so leave a comment!


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  1. says

    Stopping by to say “Hi!”

    “Just for the JOY of It!”

    We’re still developing Christmas traditions at our house. One that we enjoy is retelling the Christmas Story as we put up our Nativity sets — two for the Little One, one for me (and the hubby)! :o)

    I’ve also started a collection of Christmas books and Christmas CDs. So much JOY!

  2. says

    we’re in the process of figuring out our families traditions, but we made cookie ornaments last year too! I’m going to check out your ‘recipe’ because yours look better than ours did!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. says

    I have been on a mission to start with the kids learning the real meaning of Christmas too. This is wonderful and I will likely “steal” your idea. Thank you for sharing!

    Thanks for linking up this weekend!


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