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I always look forward to Christmas and all the colourful lights and decorations. I have some things here to help you make pictures and Christmas cards. You can then spend your money on presents instead. Everyone likes a special hand-made card and they will not want to throw it away afterwards.

Make sure you have a right size envelope for the card before you start on your art work!

Pink Parrot, Yellow Parrot, Brown Teddy and Yellow Teddy on Christmas Eve Yellow Teddy with Christmas lights
Here is a picture of me and Brown Teddy, Yellow Parrot and Pink Parrot, trying to get to sleep on Christmas Eve a few years ago. The parrots kept talking so I told them to close their eyes, imagine a starry Christmas sky and count the stars. They got tired at about 45 stars and it was not long before they were fast asleep. Brown Teddy likes to be in the middle because it is cosier.

When we put on all the Christmas lights in the evening, we do not need any other lamps. The best bit is the coloured circles that they make on the wall. After a busy day, I like to just sit and look at them for a rest. They normally stay up in January to brighten the grey days. If it snows, we open the curtains and let the colours go onto the snow outside the window.

COLOURING SHEET

Free Christmas Story colouring picture
I hope you like my Christmas Story colouring page. If you save the picture, you can print one to colour in and another one to cut the figures out and stick on your own hand-made Christmas cards! I think sticking on the glitter is the best part, especially the star and the wise men's clothes. Nobody really knows how many wise men came, but I think these three were the first ones to get there.

Dino colouring the Christmas Story page on screen
Dino has coloured it in on screen so he can email it to Mr Webmaster, as a thank you for making the website for us. Dino will stay much cleaner that way, than with paints and water. He has put in a huge pile of hay for the camel, and grass for the donkey and sheep, so they don't get hungry it was the first thing he thought of!

Colour and Cut Out One Page Nativity  Colour and Cut Out Full Nativity  Colouring Christmas Pictures and Cards

You can download all these Colour And Cutout Nativity Sets and Colouring Christmas Cards free from our other website at:
http://lucypaintbox.weathercharts.org/Colouring-Christmas-Bible.htm

 
These Christmas Story colouring booklets are just what I like. I have been testing them for the Lucy Paintbox Colouring page. Someone had already folded these, but I am sure I could fold them up on my own next time. Here I am just giving the sheep some extra grass. I don't like a picture where there is no food for the animals. I am not sure whether the camel wants grass or brown hay. The shepherd should probably be in dull brown, but I am giving him a red costume to cheer him up when he is out in the fields with his sheep. I am going to colour his feet in dark blue so that it looks like warm winter socks underneath his sandals! Brown Teddy has made a good job of making the star stand out by scribbling lines round it.

I think it would interesting to write the story in words underneath each picture, and then you can send the booklet to someone inside their Christmas card. Or you could wrap up some booklets with a small pack of coloured pencils as a present for a friend.

A SHINING CHRISTMAS STAR

How to make a star shine
This is how you make a star shine. You draw a dotted circle around the star. Then you put in the main guidelines for the rays. Then you draw all the dark blue lines with a coloured pencil or crayon. The white spaces that you leave look like rays of starlight. The yellow round the outside of the star makes the middle look brighter. If you make 2 and then stick them back to back, you can hang them on the Christmas tree. If you stick them to some card, they make good gift tags.

CHRISTMAS KNITTING

Blue Parrot checking the Knitting page
Here is Blue Parrot checking my new Knitting page, and I have begun it with some charts for Christmas Snowflakes and Reindeer. If you don't knit, you could make Christmas cards instead, by copying the chart onto squared paper, using your own colours. Knitting charts have flatter rectangles, as knit stitches are not square, so if you use squared paper, the design will look taller. It could be a picture of a Christmas Stocking or someone wearing a jumper or hat. If you kept to solid squares instead of the V stitch shapes, it might look a bit like a mosaic.

SOME PHOTOS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS

I like to make my own cards, so that the person knows I have taken some time to do it nicely for them. After Christmas, I save all the cards with snow scenes and robins, so that we can still enjoy them through January, when we are more likely to get snow here in Southern England. I don't think I would like to throw away a handmade card at all!

These pictures below can be used to make cards or gift tags. They are very small thumbnail pictures. You have to click on them to get the bigger version.

Decorations

Christmas tree angel 1 Christmas tree angel 2 Balloons  Artificial candle 
We have had these tree angels for a long time. The candle is a pretending one with a bulb in it.


These artificial trees are covered in spray foam snow.


The model snow villages in the garden centre are always very interesting as they are different every year.

Lights

Christmas lights
Everyone stays up a bit later when the Christmas lights are on. These glass bulbs are quite old, and we had them before the LED lights began to be made. They have much softer colours but the bulbs fail after a while as they are so delicate.

Christmas lights streaks 1  Christmas lights streaks 2  Christmas lights streaks 3  Christmas lights streaks 4
These are Christmas lights when the camera was moved up and down very quickly.

Berries

Berries Holly berries Berries and frosty leaves
Evergreens have always been brought into the house in midwinter, people thought they were special because they stayed alive. I am sure the cut branches lasted longer a long time ago when houses were colder and more draughty, with no central heating.

Snowy berries


The last picture is poinsettia - not berries, but redder than all the berries!

Snow


I think people want snow at Christmas because it makes everything stop and go quiet, and it is a good excuse to have another mince pie on a cold night. These pictures were taken in my local parks. We don't have thick snow very often in Southern England.

Snowy fir tree  Snowy bush  Snow in park 1  Snow in park 2
 

Food


I like the star-shaped mince pies better than ordinary ones. The bowls of chocolates do not last long in my house, so we have to only put a few out at a time.

Robins

Robin in bush  Robin on fence 1  Robin on fence 2  Robin on ground
If you have a robin in the garden, he will be watching everything you do, and come down to look for snacks when you are out of the way. You can get a good photo if you move very slowly towards the robin with the camera, and especially if you don't look straight at him.


In Victorian times, postmen wore red coats and were called Red Robins. Christmas cards at that time showed little robins delivering the mail, and now we still have robins all over our cards.

Reindeer


These reindeer are in my local garden centre every December. They are used to people and spend their time eating the hay and sleeping. The last picture is a large toy reindeer at the garden centre.

Winter Flowers

Christmas Rose Hellebore 1  Christmas Rose Hellebore 2  Winter Jasmine  Snowdrops
Aunties like flowery Christmas cards. The first two are Christmas Rose (Hellebore), then Winter Jasmine and Snowdrops. Aunties are well-known for sending cards with pocket money inside, so it would be very polite to send them back a colourful flowery thank you with very neat handwriting. They will probably keep it forever.

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