Christmas Welcome Wreath

Kids and Parents both like this very special Christmas Hand Wreath
created by first tracing  about 10 hands onto green construction 
paper and then cutting them out and gluing them onto a cardboard
wreath ring.  Curl the fingers using a pencil and paint the "finger-
nails," red giving a berry-look to the wreath.  Paste a red ribbon
in the center and it is ready to hang.

Reindeer Wrapping Paper

Make a fist, now dip the side of your hand-not the thumb end-into
brown tempera paint and apply it to a large sheet of white butcher
paper-that is the face of your reindeer.  Next, dip your hand into
the brown paint, apply to each side of the face.  Those handprints
are the antlers.  Now, repeat the process to make a really fun
wrap for parent and grandparent presents.

You can also use your foot for the face of the reindeer.  Trace
an outline of your foot onto butcher paper, or dip (yes) your
foot into paint and apply it to the butcher paper.  Messy but fun!

Thumprint Character Wrapping Paper

Make thumbprint character-see sample in gallery-wrapping paper by
dipping your thumb into ink or paint and using a marker to create

Hand Print Box Reindeer

Using a square box, or a milk cartoon cut in half attach two
traced, cut out antlers made from handprints to the back of the
box for a Christmas Card Holder.  Paint Reindeer characteristics
or use construction paper and glue.

Very Cute Hand Inspired Mitten Christmas Tree Ornaments

Crush brown paper until it becomes very soft.  Trace hand print
onto the brown paper and cut.  Paint, or use crayons to decorate,
attach loose cotton at top and glue a long string of yarn to attach
the two mittens and hang onto Christmas tree.

Nutcracker Marionettes

You can make fun Nutcracer Marionette using clear straw for the 
control handle.  Strings are strung through the opening and attached
to the articlulated parts of the puppet.  The parts are styrafoam
and papertowel rolls.  The skeleton is created from clear straws

Decorations can be created from pouring plaster of paris into
candy molds.  Attach a paper clip or decoration hanger while the
mixture is still wet.  Gloves should be worn when working with
plaster of paris mixtures.  

Handmade paper can also be poured into candy molds to create
unique Christmas decorations.

You can listen to Christmas Music, Get the Words, and Find Outstanding Christmas Links Below

Christmas midi site: Go there now, Click on a tune, and be sure to come back :)
Old Time Hymns & Great Christmas Favorites with the Words to Download: You can find the Words and Midi to some of your favorite Christmas songs.
You will be amazed at this Great Christmas Site.: Comprehensive Christmas Holiday Site from Library of UCSB
An Art Teacher on the Net ChristmasWorld Site: Outlines various ways Christmas is Celebrated Throughout the World. Find out how to say Merry Christmas in several languages.
Audrey's Christmas Page: Lots of very good Christmas and Art Project Links
Boy's Happy Holiday Page: Lots of fun items and FREE graphics. Boy will make you a special Merry Christmas Graphic in English or French for a limited time. Wonderful Christmas Graphics.
Christmas told through Madonna Fine Art Paintings: Christmas through famous Madonna and other religious paintings.

Joy to the World

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground.
he comes to make his blessing flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love.

Words by Isaac Watts