(to read the entire post click on the above title “33 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS”)

Part 1 What

As I cleaned out my craft closet I came across a box of blocks – small ones, larger ones and long ones.  Earlier in the year I had purchased them at garage sales, painted them, cut out letters to spell out different Christmas words and glued them to the blocks.  Once I completed the Christmas blocks I set them aside and until today I hadn’t remembered I had them. It is such an easy, inexpensive craft I thought I’d share how to make your own Christmas blocks. Keep them or give them as gifts. They can be displayed on a shelf, night stand, coffee table, etc. Below are photos of some that I made.

Part 2 Why

I love sharing God’s Word through crafts.  And these Christmas blocks are easy to make.  And they gently share Jesus with others.

Prayer

Lord I pray we will praise and bring glory to You (Luke 2:13-14 AMP). Lord thank You for loving us so much that You sent Your Son to us.  Thank You for providing us a way to receive eternal life by believing in Christ Jesus, Your Son (John 3:16-17 AMP).  Lord I pray we who belong to You will indeed experience peace (Luke 2:14 AMP). Lord I pray we will sing a joyful song to You (Psalm 98:4 AMP).  Thank You for the good news of Christ Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:10 AMP). Thank You for giving us a special day to celebrate Your Son, Christ Jesus’ birth.  I pray we will share the meaning of this day with those around us through following Your Word (I Corinthians 13:13 AMP). And by following in the steps of Jesus (I Peter 2:21 AMP) In His Name I pray.  AMEN.

The following Scriptures give some clarification to the Christmas blocks and are prayed in the above prayer:

HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING

Luke 2:13-14 AMP  13 Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying, 14   “Glory to God in the highest [heaven], And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

John 3:16-17 AMP 16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.

PEACE ON EARTH 

Luke 2:14 AMP  “Glory to God in the highest , And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.” 

JOY TO THE WORLD

Psalm 98:4 AMP Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Shout [in jubilation] and sing for joy and sing praises.   

Luke 2:10 AMP But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.”

FAITH HOPE LOVE

I Corinthians 13:13 And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Peter 2:21 (AMP) For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Some people use this greeting, some people don’t.  I can’t find scripture that encourages these exact words, but some people like to hear them.  I’m one that does like to be wished a “Merry Christmas” and to say to others “Merry Christmas.”

I want to share THE CHRISTMAS STORY from the Bible:

Luke 2:1-20 (AMP) – Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem:  1Now in those days a decree went out from [the emperor] Caesar Augustus, that all the inhabited world (the Roman Empire) should be registered [in a census]. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to register for the census, each to his own city. So Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and was with child. While they were there [in Bethlehem], the time came for her to give birth, and she gave birth to her Son, her firstborn; and she wrapped Him in [swaddling] cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no [private] room for them in the inn.  In the same region there were shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone around them, and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people. 11 For this day in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (the Messiah). 12 And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find a Baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest [heaven], And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”  15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying one to another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem, and see this [wonderful] thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the Baby as He lay in the manger. 17 And when they had seen this, they made known what had been told them about this Child, 18 and all who heard it were astounded and wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.

Matthew 2:1-16 (AMP) – The Visit of the Magi: 1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king (Herod the Great), magi (wise men) from the east came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. So he called together all the chief priests and scribes of the people and [anxiously] asked them where the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) was to be born. They replied to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is what has been written by the prophet [Micah]: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not in any way least among the leaders of Judah; For from you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.’”   Then Herod secretly sent for the magi and learned from them the [exact] time the star [had first] appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went their way; and behold, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And after entering the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, after opening their treasure chests, they presented to Him gifts [fit for a king, gifts] of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

The Flight to Egypt: 13 Now when they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod intends to search for the Child in order to destroy Him.” 14 So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. 15 He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet [Hosea]: “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Herod Slaughters the Babies: 16 Then Herod, when he realized that he had been tricked by the magi, was extremely angry, and he sent and put to death all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that area who were two years old and under, according to the date which he had learned from the magi. 

Part 3 How

1. Look at the photos in this post and decide which ones you want to make.  You may even have other ideas.  Follow your path.

2. Then decide on how many blocks you will need.  Before going out and buying new ones, check with your children, your grandchildren and your friends.  Or go to a garage sale or two.  I do suggest that you use wood blocks with no lettering on them. 

3. Once you’ve obtained your wood blocks, paint them the color you want them.  I chose red, green and blue for my blocks

4. After your wood blocks are dry you can put on a clear coat, but it’s not really necessary unless your paint needs the shine. 

5. You can either print and cut out letters (from photo paper) or you can neatly print your message directly on the block with a permanent marker.  If you choose to print and cut, I suggest you cut the letters as blocks. Just a little smaller than the block you’re gluing them on. If you choose to do this, it’s best to put a space between each letter when you print it. (Or if you’re using long blocks cut the words as blocks.)  

6.Before I received my Cricut machine I cut all my letters by hand and it took a long time.  Depending on the size of your letters it could be very tedious.  Unless you are using large blocks I’d suggest you cut your letters out as blocks because the letters will be small.

7. Cutting out your letters by hand will not be as hard if you’re using larger blocks than I did.  But it will still take time.  (The  blocks I used for individual letters were 1” by 1”.  The long blocks I used for words were 3” long and ½ “ in height and width.) If I had not used my Cricut I would not have been able to cut the small letters.

8. Once your blocks have dried, display your Christmas blocks in your own home or give as a gift. 

(If you have any thoughts, ideas, complaints, suggestions – I can be contacted at dona@scripturecrafts.com).