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December_Newsletter (1) 2011 (1)

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Published by: Kristen Mudrezow Lester on Dec 02, 2011
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1 Corinthians 13—A Christmas Version

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator. If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook. If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing. If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point. Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

December 2011

Inside this issue:
Secret Sister Inspiration

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Family Fun— Traditions Success!!

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Coming up next meeting

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Better Moms Make a Better World

The King’s Chapel MOPS www.tkcmops.blogspot.com mytkcmops@gmail.com

Inspiration Station for Secret Sisters!

Cocoa Jar

Baked goodies! Personalized Journal Christmas Coffee!

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Family Fun—Christmas Traditions
The Holiday Season is a time for traditions. Even if you don’t think your family has traditions, you do! The same decorations are put out each year, the same food is made for dinner and you probably find yourself telling the same stories about the Christmas you got your first bicycle without training wheels or the video game set you really really REALLY wanted! But just because you have some traditions from your childhood, doesn’t mean you can’t start new ones with your kids! Here are some ideas on new traditions that you can start right now! Make an Annual Ornament: Get the kids involved and get crafty! You can buy ‘make it yourself’ ornaments at a craft store or you can make one out of supplies you have at home. Draw a picture or use a special photo of the family, attach it to cardboard, and use a string to hang it on the tree! Before you know it, the years will fly by and your tree will be filled with a visual memory of each year! Volunteer: Get the whole family involved! You can do everything from serving Christmas dinner to those in need, donating canned goods to a food pantry or buying school supplied for disadvantage kids all over the world. A quick Google search will help you find the right volunteer opportunity for you and your family! Make a new recipe: The Christmas dinner table doesn’t just have to be filled with Turkey and mashed potatoes! Do your kids love pancakes or chicken nuggets? Add it to the menu! Or how about a PBJ sandwich shaped like a snowman or candy cane or Santa? Just use cookie cutters to make any shape you want! The kids will love it!!! Make a Christmas Gingerbread House: No...you don’t need to spend all day in the kitchen to do this! Many stores sell pre-assembled gingerbread houses complete with candy and icing to make a beautiful snowy gingerbread house! Let the kids have fun and make a mess! And when the creation is complete, use it as a table decoration and show it off to all your guests! Christmas Pajamas: Want to make those Christmas morning pictures even cuter! Start a Christmas PJ tradition! Let your kids open one gift of Christmas Eve and surprise them with brand new PJs to wear to sleep! That way they are camera ready and super cozy the next morning as they open all their gifts! By Erica Demille

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Operation Christmas Child Project
was a huge success! Thank you for your generosity as our group packed 46 boxes for children all over the world!

MOPS Meeting on Friday, December 16th: Christmas Over Coffee in your Cozies!
Bring your children in their pajamas. Children should come in their pjs, moms can come in their own comfy cozies as well!!

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