I started a tradition for my son when he was still in a crib. We love counting down the days until Christmas. We do not celebrate Advent, we just pull a ring every night or every morning until Christmas Day. Counting down can bring excitement along with OH NO's! (excitement for him, OH NO's for me) In the past, we always cut out red and green paper and made a chain that attached to a paper bell. Well, our bell is beginning to look a little worn, so I decided to make a felt chain and bell for this year. I love how it turned out. I used velcro for the rings. If I ever make another, I'm thinking buttons would be adorable.
Here is a closeup of the bell ~
Up next is my Children Nativity Scene; a former student gave these to me one Christmas. I love using them every year. That's my Charlie Brown Christmas Tree that I pulled from the woods. The star my husband made for me out of aluminum foil. Those ornaments are actually GRAPES from a cluster that I bought for a project. The little stems were perfect for hanging on the limbs. I made the Christmas banner with Photoshop and a little digital scrapbook paper. I used red embroidery thread to tie the letters on to the jute string. ** Sorry about the photo... the battery was about to croak when I took this.
Of all my most treasured items that I have, my sewing machine is at the top of the list along with some pink depression dishes that I have. I collect snowmen and these are just a few. In front of the lamp is a set of primitive peppermint sticks. The banner I made a couple of years ago. I swapped out the ribbon for jute, since I wanted to add a little prim to the scene. The words on the banner are ~ Son of the Most High, Counsellor, Prince of Peace, The Mighty God, Saviour, Wonderful, Jesus, Glory to God in the Highest.