Posts Tagged: Christmas

Pebble From the Birth Place of Jesus

What an amazing opportunity for any Christian.  This is the kind of thing that only comes around once in a lifetime.  This is no ordinary cross; this is the ability to own a piece of the cave where the baby Jesus spent his first night with his mother Mary.  You can own a piece of the cave where the magi came to bestow gifts upon the newly born Lord.  Here was the cave in the rear of the house, and used for cattle. In a manger, as the most ready and fitting place, the babe was laid. The place where the shepherds came to pay their adorations, the place marked by the star of Bethlehem.

There are many different options, but this is my favorite: The Carpenter’s Cross is the embodiment of the simple life Christ lived. Straight, clean lines, the ultimate in modesty and a true symbol of the working life of Christ, who Himself was a carpenter by trade. With The Original Nativity Stone at the apex of the Cross, this is the perfect Christian gift for the man, woman or child who strives to live life on a daily basis according to the teachings of Jesus.

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Carpenter’s Cross

 

Emperor Justinian built the church that now stands over the cave of the nativity in 565 A.D. on the site of a previous church built by Constantine Cesar and his mother the Empress Helena, in 327 A.D.  It is one of the oldest churches in the world.

The cave of the nativity is 38 feet long by 11 wide, and a silver star in a marble slab at the eastern end marks the precise spot where the Lord was born. There is an inscription on the star that reads: Hie de virgine Maria Jesus Christus natus est. that means: Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.  Silver lamps are always burning around, and an altar stands near, which is used in turn by the monks of the convents. The manger in which the Lord was laid was taken to Rome by Pope Sixtus V. and placed in the church of St. Maria Maggiore, but a marble one supplies its place. A few feet opposite, an altar marks the spot where the Magi stood. The walls are covered with silken hangings.

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The actual birth place of Jesus

 

The stones that are contained in the crosses were removed during construction in the cave.  You can read the story about it here by clicking on the cross, and then on the second page clicking on “The Story.”

This is the only time that stones from this most holy of places will legally be removed.  Once these stones sell out, they will never be available again.  Take this opportunity to give a gift that will become an heirloom for generations of your family.  Give the gift that truly keeps Christ in Christmas. If you want to buy one now, you can get 15% off with code HOLIDAY15  Purchase yours here Nativity Stone Crosses

If you want a gold cross, this one is really beautiful: The Classic Nativity Stones Cross is perhaps the most spiritually connected Christian gift symbolizing our love for Jesus Christ.  The unique design of this cross is the work of world-renowned jewelry designer Paul Dimitriu.

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The Classic Nativity Stones Cross

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2012

December is here, and the holidays are quickly approaching!  We’ve put together a couple of gift guides for great presents you can buy for around $10 each.  Our first lists are for kids ages 3 to 12.  The gifts are all very thoughtful, creativity inspiring, and educational.  They are parent approved, they don’t make noise, and they don’t have any flashing lights to drive parents crazy!  The next list is for the manly man in your life, with ideas from the outdoors, to cooking / barbecuing, and fashion.  Again, those are all great gifts under $10.  Then we have a list for women that should please any woman.  Coming soon is our list for babies and pets!

We hope you find exactly what you are looking for, and have a great stress free holiday season!  Just click any of the text or images below to be taken to the appropriate guide.

Gifts around $10 for Boys

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Gifts for around $10 for Men

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10 Homemade Ornament Projects

One of my favorite holiday traditions when I was growing up was making ornaments.  We didn’t have a single store bought ornament on our tree.  It was really fun to see all of the ornaments we made as little kids, and how the ornaments progressed as we grew older.  My mom was really good about dating them as well, so that we could see them in order.  This year my kids are both old enough that we are going to start the tradition at my house as well.  I think this weekend will be our first ornament making party.  Here are the 10 ideas that I was able to find that aren’t too difficult to make, but look really nice.

Click the caption beneath the photo to go directly to the tutorial.

 

Illuminated Cranberry Mason Jar Decoration

This is a beautiful yet simple and classy Christmas decoration that anyone can do in under a minute!  It reminds me of something my Grandma might have done.  Her Christmas decorations were always simple and classy, but when you saw the whole room together there was nothing like it!  It would be really nice to make these with holly branches in the bottom as well. (note: if you are using holly branches, make sure to wear gloves because those spikes hurt!)  All you have to do is put the branch in the bottom of the Mason Jar, fill about 3/4 with water, put in the cranberries and the floating tealight candle, then just light it and sit back and absorb the compliments from your guests!  The idea comes from Do It Yourself magazine.  Make sure to leave the jar uncapped. If you have the lid closed on your jar the candle will extinguish itself pretty quickly, so make sure to leave the lid at least open a little bit.

These would be a really nice thing to bring as a gift to a friends Christmas party as well.

 

Advent Calendars

Now that we have a child, my husband and I want to continue some of the holiday traditions our parents started with us. One of my favorite holiday memories from childhood was opening a door each day on the advent calendar my parents would hang each year.  Behind the little doors hid a tiny piece of chocolate.  I’ve been on a quest to find one for our son.  Here are some of my favorites:

This one looks simple enough as a DIY!  However if you’d rather, it’s $44 on Etsy. Click here.

DIY Matchbox Advent Calendar found on Dollar Store Crafts…click here for details

DIY Santa Beard Advent Calendar….for more info click here

Homemade Advent Calendar from Pink & Green Mama.  Click here for more.

Recycle Bin Advent Calendar found on Craftastica.  Click here for details.