Free Printable Christmas Party Invitations

Free Printable Christmas Cards With expensive Christmas cards and stamps at 42 cents each, sending holiday cards can be too expensive. Here are two solutions to keep the Christmas card tradition alive: free printable holiday Christmas post cards and cards. View more »

Free Printable Christmas Carol Sheet Music and Song Lyrics

Free Printable Christmas Carols One of my favorite parts of the holiday season are the Christmas carols. If you're planning on Christmas caroling here are links for free printable Christmas carol sheet music. Check the links for free printable Christmas carol lyrics, too. View more »

Epiphany Twelfth Night Holiday Party Planner

Few students look forward to returning to school in January after Christmas vacation. So why not start the New Year with a holiday party? But you just did the holiday season, right? Well, not if you live Europe, South America or some other countries. There, the holiday season has just begun! And it's called Epiphany (or Three Kings Day, Dia de Reyes, Twelfth Night). Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches celebrate Jan. 6 as Three Kings Day when the Magi brought gifts to Baby Jesus. People mistakenly assume the Magi arrived with the shepherds, angels, etc. But the Bible says they came roughly 12 days after Jesus's birth, so Three Kings Day is the Twelfth Night after Christmas.Here's an Epiphany party planner to use for social studies lessons.
Tell the Christmas story using a nativity manger scene. Explain that the manger scene is a sacred devotional in many lands. It's called a creche in France and Germany, a presepio in Italy and a nacimiento in Latin countries. St Francis of Assisi first used the manger scene as an object lesson in his homilies in the mid 13th century. In Catholic homes, the Magi aren't placed in the manger scene until Epiphany. Nativity figures "travel" around the room as the wisemen, Have students write a play, using the gospel of St. Luke from the Bible, to show what the Magi and Holy Family might have encountered in their travels. Act out the play.
Explore the Magi. Read "The Fourth Wise Man" by Henry VanDyke. Or watch "The Fourth Wise Man" movie version at Youtube. It's the story of Arteban, who was supposed to join the other three Magi--Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar--but couldn't because he was so busy living the gospel. Read the opening chapters of "Ben Hur" by Gen. Lew Wallace and watch part one of Jesus of Nazareth for portrayals of the Magi.
Make Three Kings Day crafts using these free printable Epiphany activities. Make a nativity set by dressing up paper towel and toilet paper tubes in fabric scraps. Use yarn for hair and draw on faces. Make crowns from recycled boxes. Cut a piece to around the head and tape in place. Cut the top edge in decorative designs. Paint the crown with metallic paint or cover with aluminum foil. Glue on faux gems, stickers, fur trim, etc.
Perform Three Kings Day ceremonies. Since Twelfth Night also commemorates the Baptism of Jesus, light your children's' baptismal candles. If they did not receive one, you can light any candle and pray a special blessing for them. Do an Epiphany house blessing. In this ancient tradition, ask the three kings to watch over your home. Write the their initials over the door that you enter and exit through.. Use chalk to write C+B+M fpr Caspar, Balthazar and Melchior. Use different colored chalk each year.
Make crowns from recycled boxes. Cut it to fit and paint the crown with metallic paint or cover with aluminum foil. Glue on faux gems or stickers, fur trim, etc. Dress up in royal (looking) robes and put on an Epiphany passion play.

Prepare a Twelfth Night King cake. A traditional New Orleans King cake is a frosted cinnamon ring filled with fruit and nuts and decorated to look like a crown. Colored sugar in Mardi Gras colors of gold, purple and green, decorates the King cake. A tiny plastic baby Jesus is placed inside. The finder is king for the day and must make another King cake to be eaten the next night. The procedure is repeated till Mardi Gras. That's a lot of cake to eat, so you could do a weekly King cake. You can make any flavor King cake you like. Bake in a bundt pan so it resembles a crown and insert prize from bottom when it's cooled. If you can't find a baby Jesus, use a Hershey's Kiss, wrapped candy, plastic coin or dried bean. Spray sugar with colored water for Twelfth Night decorations.

Host a Christmas Holiday Kid's Party

How to Organize a Holiday Party for Kids of Any Age! Need ideas for holiday activities for children? Here is the definitive guide! Compiled by a 22 year veteran teacher,and loaded with time, money and energy saving ideas, you can host a party that every one will enjoy (even you!) View more »

Thanksgiving Party Serving Guide

25 Holiday Serving Tips for Easy Parties Holiday tips from a mother of four who has hosted holiday dinners for our extended family for eight years running. You'll find serving and organization suggestions and time and labor saving ideas so that you can enjoy the holiday with less stress. View more »

Last Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Party Planner

Emergency Thanksgiving Holiday Shopping List, Menu and Recipes
Congratulations, you're hosting the Thanksgiving fest this year. Nervous? Don't be; here's an easy diy Thanksgiving dinner guide View more »

Free Thanksgiving Party Puzzles and Games

Free Printable Thanksgiving Party Puzzles and Word Games Celebrate Thanksgiving parties with free printable holiday games, word games, puzzles, jigsaw puzzles. Liven up classroom lessons with puzzles and games. Share with family and friends for holiday get-togethers and parties! View more »

Holiday Decorating and Clean Up- Game Plan

Holiday Clean-Up Plan Whether you put your holiday decorations up as soon as the season begins, or wait until later, you need a game plan for holiday decorations. Here's a holiday party and decoration guide to keep your home manageable and your stress level balanced. View more »

Ways Kids Can Help with Party Preparations

How to Engage Children in Party Planning Got little ones under foot when you're trying to get ready for a party? Get them out from under foot and under way helping with party preparations! 25 simple inexpensive ways to involve children of all ages in the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday preparations. Build some precious memories,too! View more »

Host a Mother's Day Tea Party

How to Host an Edwardian Tea Party "Compleat" (that's fancy old-fashioned talk!) guide to hosting the perfect Edwardian-era tea party, including tea service, dress, flowers, music, atmosphere and of course food and drink! View more »

Gifts for Teenage Boys Good prices;great gifts!

Top 10 (plus a Few) Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys When I choose tags from a 'giving Tree', it's generally the teen boys who are left for last.It's not because no one cares; it's just that teen boys can be pretty intimidating to shop for!Here's the perfect shopping list for teenage boys gifts! Moderately priced options and money-saving tips included! View more »

Church or School Harvest Festival Planner

How to Organize a School Festival or Party Party planner for fall or harvest festival, school festival, large group party. checklist of organizing basics. Covers activities, crafts, prizes, food, events, scheduling, ordinances, crowd control and more! Great for school events, festivals, church or scout parties. Geared toward family events. View more »

Cheap Birthday, Trick or Treat or Party Prizes

50 Candy Alternative Candy or Trick or Treat Prizes 50 Treats to replace candy! Great for birthdays, holidays or any party! Great for trick or treat! Inexpensive toys, prizes and novelties. Giveaways in classroom, business, organization, library, doctor's office. Inexpensive! View more »

Cheap Wedding Planner: Budget Tips

Cheap Wedding Tips  Complete guide to budget weddings! Celebrate your special day in style without going broke! Detailed list of ways to keep your big day on budget! Music, flowers, food, decorations, ceremony, gifts, reception, dress and more! View more »

Free Printable Halloween Party Decorations

Free Printable Halloween Coloring Cut and Paste Crafts Halloween craft projects to print free. Color, cut and paste, paper dolls with Halloween costumes, masks, pumpkin decorations, trick or treat bags, puzzles, games, treat wrappers, Halloween scenes. Cute witches, ghosts, goblins, pumpkins and more! View more »

How to Plan a Large Party

How to Plan Your Work, Company or Business Christmas Party List of what to avoid and how to organize your company, business or work Christmas party. View more »

Halloween or Fall School Festival

Host a Huge Halloween Party for Under $150 Hosting a Halloween party for a large group? Here is your perfect party planner for fun. We'll look at treats, decorations, food, games, prizes, crafts and activities. This party planner focuses on keeping costs low. View more »

Host an Great Inexpensive Open House

Do's and Dont's for Hosting a Cheap, Open House Graduation Party
Graduations are approaching fast! Whether you will be hosting an open house for a junior high, college, high school or even kindergarten graduation, these parties can become very costly. View more »

Vintage Wedding Reception or Adult Party

Winter Wedding Themes How to plan a winter wedding using the theme of a 1930's British supper party. Perfect for a Murder Mystery Party! Vintage decor! Themed affair! Tips to keep cost down! Dress, costume, lighting, food, decor! View more »

Harry Potter Halloween Magic Party!

Harry Potter Science Magic with Literature Connections Inspire and excite children with cool science experiments! Perfect for birthday parties or Halloween parties! Conjure up some magic at your little wizard's birthday party! Amaze students with spell-binding Harry Potter science experiments. Literature connections, too! Set out stations and let guests explore. Edible experiments too! View more »

Free Printable Election 2012 Party Planner

Easy Kids Election Party Planner with U.S. History Ideas I wrote this article for a patriotic summer party, but most of the ideas adapt perfectly for a election party! Whether you vote Democrat or Republican, we can all celebrate America! Games, activities, crafts, menu, recipes,free printables, American history fun for a patriotic election party! View more »

Kids Party Planning 101

How to Organize a Holiday Party for Kids of Any Age! Need ideas for holiday activities for children? Here is the definitive guide! Compiled by a 22 year veteran teacher and loaded with time, money and energy saving ideas, you can host a party that everyone will enjoy (even you!) View more »

How to Plan a Toddler Birthday Party

How to Plan a Toddler Birthday Party Birthday parties can be so much fun but they can also be disasters. Imagine tired, unhappy or bored children, crazy chaotic behavior, stressed, grouchy parents -- well, you get the picture! And a toddler's birthday is especially tricky. Here is a how-to list of party basics for the child of toddler age.Read on for more info...

All Saint's Day Christian Fall Party Planner ~ Halloween Alternative

Christian Party Planner for October Parties Religious and Christian themed party with games and activities for an October event that avoids the Halloween mentality. Includes games, costumes, decorations, activities and service opportunities. View more »

How to Host a Teen Party

How to Organize and Host a Mixed Teen Party Low-cost tips for preparation, themes, food, activities, music, clean-up, decorations, guests, indoor/outdoor options and things to avoid. View more »

DIY Haunted House for Halloween

DIY Haunted House for Halloween Details for activities, sound effects, decorations and costumes for an authentic spooky haunted house, right out of Dark Shadows. This would be a great literature, art or theater class activity. This haunted house could be outdoors in a church, garage, barn or school, too. View more, if you dare


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