A Creative Mind by Hannah Greer

You mean Christmas is four days away!? With busy schedules, a list full of errands to run, and arranging the family’s holiday plans, anyone could feel like Christmas has snuck up on them. If you have family and friends coming over for the holidays, you might be thinking about what everyone will eat, watch, and do. If there are going to be lots of kids there, you may also be thinking, how can we keep them entertained? This year, have some Christmas activities prepared ahead of time! I love all of the holiday themed project ideas, all fast and simple!

 Jingle bell necklace

 Although these will make for a very noise-filled Christmas, kids will love these. The combination of beads and bells gives the kids to be creative and make their own stand out from everyone else’s. With varying sizes of bells, some Christmas colored beads, and red or green ribbon, the kids will be jingling all around the house.

Puzzle piece Snowflake Ornament

  My favorite ornament at our house is the glittery snowflake ornament. It has been since my childhood. Something else that makes our tree special is all of the hand-made ornaments from when my sister and I were little. This year, let the kids in your family make their own ornament. Painted white, and covered in glitter, these ornaments will add the extra sparkle to your tree and your kids will always remember that they made it themselves. Be sure to write the year on it to document how old he/she was at the time. For step-by step directions and a supplies list go to, http://lisascraftblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/tutorial-puzzle-piece-ornaments.html. You can also see a puzzle piece Christmas tree at this blog!

 Popsicle Art

  Making things with popsicles is really easy and surprisingly there is a lot you can do with them. If your kids don’t want to make a big piece they can decorate on large stick as santa, a reindeer, or a snowman. There are some great ideas and pieces at http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/2009/12/popsicle-stick-crafts.html.

Santa's Key

  Okay this might be my favorite. Everyone knows that Santa comes down the chimney. But what your house doesn’t have one. This poses a big problem and a lot of confusion for little kids. This year, with your kids, make a key to leave on your front door for Santa to get in.  Cover your key in glitter and string it with ribbon. Each year after this you can hang the key on your tree until Christmas Eve, when you’ll put it outside for Santa. Who knows, maybe Santa wants an easier way in even if you do have a chimney. For some more photos go to, http://pillowthought.blogspot.com/2011/12/thursdays-tip-santas-key-christmas-tip_07.html. I love the glittery red one!

Celebrate the Holidays with some sweet treats!

Santa Hat Brownies

  These are healthy right? Well I would at least feel a little better about eating a sugary snack if it had a piece of fruit on it. Smaller bite sizes would be perfect for everyone who just wants a little taste. For the list of ingredients and directions, go to http://www.catchingfireflies.com/blog/2011/12/santa-hat-brownies/.   For a sweet adult beverage you may want to try one of these two drinks.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Cocktail

This looks too sweet to pass up. Follow the link http://www.drinkoftheweek.com/drink-recipes/chocolate-peppermint-cookie/, for the mixing directions.

Santas Hat Cocktails

This drink sound different but delicious. I love the look of it too. So festive! Go to http://www.celebrations.com/content/santas-hat for mixing directions.

For some more Christmas food decorating inspiration, go to http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2010/12/gingerbread-party.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+KarasPartyIdeas+%28kara%27s+party+ideas%29&utm_content=Google+Reader. See some North Pole cupcakes and table decorations!

NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.