I wrote a post a few months back on my chalkboard so most of you already know how much I love it. With Thanksgiving over and Christmas fast approaching, it was time to change it. So here is our chalkboard, ready for Christmas.
I always include a fun-list on the board. Many of the ideas I have found on Pinterest. I try not to pressure myself in completing them all, but it gives me fun ideas of things to do when we have the time.
Many of them have now become Christmas traditions, like riding the Christmas carriage and the polar van express. The three pictures below are from last year.
If only I could find a way to keep them this little forever…
I use the chalkboard to also keep me motivated with homeschooling so Ann Voskamp’s 7 daily rungs are ever present; although homeschooling for us during the holidays looks a little different. I will be writing a separate post on our holiday homeschooling hopefully later this week!
I found this quote, “There are two gifts we should give our children. One is roots and the other is wings.” (author unknown) on Pinterest and loved it. It is an reminder to me in my Christmas gift giving and in the Christmas traditions that we are creating.
I also love this Christmas hymn, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. My entire family attended a Chirstmas concert at our church last year and this song was sung. I had never heard the history behind it before, and when I did, it quickly became one of my favorites. The poem, “Christmas Bells” was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow a few years after the tragic death of his wife and the wounding of his son. It was later adapted into this Christmas carol.
The kids will be copy this poem and memorize it during the month. It’s part of our handwriting, history, literature and hymn study.
Sophia and I have been busy making pom pom garland (inspired by Anthropologie) for our Christmas boutique. She had just learned to crochet and I wanted to keep her first chain, so we decked out the chalkboard with it. If you are interested in making your own, Pinterest is filled with ideas on how to make them. Unfortunately, the website that I used is no longer available.
And there it is, our chalkboard decked for Christmas. Do you have something in your home that keeps you focused through the year? I’d love to hear…