First graders were asked to create a project to show how they celebrate Christmas. Hayden punched hearts and embossed them with the Lattice embossing folder for texture. (He LOVES using punches and the Big Shot!)
Hayden cut out the base of the tree and glued on the hearts to create branches for his family tree. I helped locate family photos, and he used the 1 3/8" circle punch to cut family faces.
The next task was to cut ornaments from Real Red cardstock. Hayden adhered a face to each ornament, and I arranged them on the tree. His final idea was to punch a cupcake to celebrate the birth of Jesus. He adhered all ornaments to the tree, and I added Dazzling Details for a little more sparkle before Hayden submitted his project.
Hayden wrote about our family traditions: worshipping Christ, celebrating the birth of Jesus, decorating the house, adopting an angel, creating handmade gifts to share, displaying lights and our Christmas Village, spending time with family and friends, Elf on the Shelf book and Wishy friend, Santa costume, visit, and wish list. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! We are most grateful for our many blessings and hope for a healthy, helpful, and happy new year.
I will admit this project was bittersweet for me because my family has fallen apart before my eyes. Our Christmases will never be the same; but this project gave us hope that our family can remain together for Hayden. Divorce brings destruction and devastation to families; and I continue to hope for peace through patience, time, and prayer. I have regained my independence and confidence through this shocking experience; and I know the best is yet to come as we follow God's will for renewed life in 2012.