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MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

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Candy Cane Seeds

I once knew a gardener who could grow
Bright tasty candies right out of the snow.
I asked him to share his secret with me
And this is what he said quite readily

To garden in winter is difficult you see
It takes lots of care and a very special seed.
I'll give you some, to grow your own treats
You'll soon reap a harvest of candy cane sweet

Ingredient Suggestions:
Starlight Mints
Striped Mints

Christmas Seeds

Though you can't really sow them
And they won't produce a tree
I hope this pack of Christmas Seeds
Will bring you winter cheer.

Just "plant" one gently on your tongue
And if it makes you grow a smile
Then all is well with Christmas
Cause the seeds have hit their spot.

Ingredient Suggestions:
Any Christmas themed candy

Rudolph's Spare Noses

Rudolph's nose is very bright
He helps guide Santa's sleigh
Without it in the dark night sky
They might not find their way
. So just in case dear Rudy's nose
Is kaput, goes on the blink
Here's some spare "red nose seeds"
To repair him in a wink!

The Perfect Man

He's quiet, he's sweet,
And if he gives you any trouble,
You can bite his head off!

Holiday Survival Kit

When the holidays are not much fun
take one
When all that stress is getting to you
Take two
When the hardest part is picking a tree
Take three
When you just can't take it anymore
Take four
Oh what the heck, just eat them all!

Snowman Soup

Was told you've been real good this year
Always glad to hear it
With freezing weather drawing near
You'll need to warm the spirit
So here's a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick
Add hot water, sip it slow
It's sure to do the trick!

1 package hot chocolate mix
3 Hershey Kisses
15 (or so) marshmallows
1 candy cane

Chocolate Spoons

Ingredients

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions

1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt semisweet chocolate pieces in microwave
for 2 to 3 minutes and stir until smooth. Dip spoons into chocolate.
Put spoons onto wax paper and refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
2. Melt milk chocolate pieces in microwave for 2 to 3 minutes and stir until
smooth. Place chocolate into plastic bag and cut off a corner.
Drizzle melted chocolate over spoons.
Refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
3. Wrap each spoon separately and store in a cool dry place,

Poem

This chocolate spoon is meant to dip,
Into your coffee before you sip.
Just stir a bit and you will see,
Your coffee now tastes chocolatey!

Candied Tea Stirrers

vegetable cooking spray
34 pieces fruit flavored hard candy-crushed-lemon, cinnamon etc
2 TBSP light corn syrup
heavy weight plastic spoons

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Spray with cooking spray.
In a small heavy saucepan combine crushed candies and corn syrup
and melt over low heat stirring frequently.
Spoon candy into bowl of each spoon. Place spoons on prepared cookie sheet
with handles on rims and spoons level. Allow to harden. Store in air tight container.

Holiday Cut Ups

Instructions:

Place a gingerbread man cookie cutter in a baggie
Put some candied sprinkles in a small ziploc bag and put in baggie with the cutter.
Attach a card with the following recipe and poem.

Poem:

I made a plate of cookies to share with you this year
I thought it was a good way to spread some Christmas cheer
They all looked really tasty, so I thought I'd eat just one
And a little while later, I noticed there were none.

So here's my Christmas greeting,
And a cookie cutter too,
Now you can make your own cookies,
And maybe share a few.

Recipe:

Sugar CUT UPS
1 cup sugar / tsp. salt/ cup butter
2 egg yolks / 1 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. cream/ 1 cup flour / 1 tsp. vanilla
Mix and sift flour, baking powder and salt.
Cream butter, add sugar slowly and cream until fluffy.
Stir in well-beaten egg yolks & vanilla extract.
Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with cream.
Chill for 1 hour, roll and cut with cookie cutters. Decorate.
Preheat oven to 350. Place cookies on greased cookie sheet
about 2" apart and bake 10 - 12 minutes
or until cookies begin to brown.

French Toast shapes:
Use your cookie cutter to cut shapes out of bread.
Dip into French toast batter.
Brown on the griddle and dust with powdered sugar
Chocolate Cut-ups:
Decrease flour to 1 cup, increase sugar to 3/4 cup
and add 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
to flour mixture
Sandwich Cut-ups:
Spread frosting over bottoms of half of thecookies.
Top with remaining cookies.

FROSTING RECIPE:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp butter, room temperature
1-2 tsp. milk
Add all ingredients in small bowl. Mix well.

Candy Cane Reindeer

Materials:

Candy cane
Pipe cleaner
White glue
One pair of craft eyes

Instructions:

1.Slip the pipe cleaner under the crook of the candy cane.
Pull ends up over the candy cane and twist together close
to the candy cane to secure. Bend the pipe cleaner to form antlers.
2.Glue the eyes to the candy cane just in front of the antlers.
If you're using white glue, make sure to use just a little
and hold the eyes in place until the glue is set.
3.Hang your reindeer on the tree or slip him
inside a gift bow on a wrapped present.

Dustpan Cookies

1. Get a new dust pan (I get mine at the dollar store)
2. Fill it with your favorite holiday cookies.
3. Add a crumpled cookie on top.
4. Add the following poem to the cookies
5. Cover with plastic wrap and tie with ribbon or raffia

Poem:

I baked a batch of cookies
And dropped them on the floor
I quickly scooped them up again
And brought them to your door

Magic Reindeer Food

Sprinkle on your lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
Santa's Reindeer fly and roam
This will bring them to your home

In a small zipper food storage bag or empty shaker container,
mix the following:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup red or green sugar crystals
[Note: Some recipes call for craft glitter instead of
sugar crystal but we recommend sugar crystals
for a more bird and wildlife friendly version]

Magic Santa Key

Materials Needed:

Old skeleton Key
Holiday print ribbon
Gold cording

Instructions:

Tie a bow using the holiday print ribbon around the top of the skeleton key.
Tie a loop out of the cording so that you are able to hang the key over a door knob.

Poem:

This key is very special, you see,
It won't work for you or me...
Hang it just outside your door,
Go to bed and worry no more...
Close your eyes and close them tight,
'Cause Santa Claus is coming tonight.

Or:

Dear Santa,
We don't have a chimney,
As you can plainly see,
But we still want you to visit,
So here is our key.

Magic North Pole Snowflakes

Put snowflake confetti in little baggies and attach a "bag tag" to the top.

Snowflake Poem:

So you'll be sure to have some snow
At Christmas time this year,
Santa sends these snowflakes
In hope they bring good cheer!

Angel Dust

Put large iridescent glitter (also called buffalo snow at Michael's)
in a small zip lock bag and attach a card with the following poem.

Within this little bag
Placed with loving care,
Is special angel dust
My Guardian placed there.
It is to share with special friends
When they're down or feeling blue,
To lift their heart and share a smile
As special friends should do.

Angel Seeds

Put some white tic tacs or some of those silver cake decorating balls
into a baggie and attach one of the following poems:

God created angel seeds
To let us know He cares.
Prescription: Take one seed per day
And swallow it with prayer.

or

Angel seeds are delicate
So plant them in a spot just right
Do it with a little prayer
And love them day and night
So when you are in special need
Of the Angel's love and care
Look into your heart to see
Your Angel living there

Whisking you a Merry Christmas

Material:
Wire Whisk
Starlight Mints
Cellophane Wrap
Piece of Ribbon

Instructions:
Place mints into the center of the whisk.
Wrap up with cellophane, tie with ribbon and attach a card.
{Instead of mints you can also add hersheys kisses and change the
saying on the card to read "Whisking you a Merry Kissmas"}

Poop Contents/Poems

Reindeer Droppings

Christmas' coming and so are the deer
Listen closely and you will hear
Along with them come a special treat
Reindeer droppings for you to eat

Ingredient Suggestions:
Chocolate covered raisins
Chocolate covered peanuts


Elfin Droppings

The elves were so sick
They could not make toys
So Santa had to fill all the stockings
He gathered the only things
That the elves could make
Here are some elfin droppings.

Ingredient Suggestion:
Red,white,green M&M's

Snowman Poop

I hear you've been naughty
So listen, here's the scoop...
I'm running short of coal this year
So you get Snowman Poop.
Love Santa

Ingredient:
Marshmallows

Christmas Candle

Here's a Christmas Candle
A gift for your family to share
Let it brighten up your season
And spread gladness in the air.

It is hoped that you'll enjoy
A special season full of fun
And love will burn more brightly
When your holiday is done.

Tassel Angel

Candy Bouquet

Angel Feather Ornament

Mouse Spoon

"Baked With Love" Rolling Pin#1
"Baked With Love" Rolling Pin#2

Chalkboard Ornament

Let It Snow Man Ornament

Recipe For The Holiday Season

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Jingle All The Way Reindeer

CD Snowman Fishing

CD Santa Fishing

Snowman Plant Poke

Totem Ornament

Canned Moose