Nativity set from Guatemala

One of my favorite projects each year is making my own Christmas cards.  Often the commercial designs  do not express the message I wish to convey.  So do-it-yourself works.  Last year I did some original art in South American Andean style.  This year I photographed a nativity set I purchased in Guatemala. 

This kind of project would be great for families. Buy some card stock and envelopes from a craft or stationary store and print your message on a color printer.  If you only have a few cards, you or your kids could write the message.  They can decorate the cards with stamps, paper snow flakes, stickers, etc.

Another idea –  Let your kids draw some Christmas pictures, especially of religious scenes such as the angels declaring the Good News to the shepherds, or Mary and Joseph with the Christ child.  Then just scan it and have it printed in 4 x 6 format (I usually wait for a good deal at Walgreens, Costco or some other place with good discounts).  I use a glue stick to paste the photo to the card.  Ink is expensive, so if you have more than a few cards to print, this can be a cheaper alternative. 

I hope the recipients appreciate the time and love I put into these cards.  But even if they don’t, they’ll receive the benefits of the prayers that go along with the cards as I make them. 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

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