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Gearing up for Christmas!

I’m excited that Christmas is just around the corner!

Christmas is a wonderful time to spread the love and cheer, and it’s also a great opportunity to create memories with loved ones. Today, I’m blogging about what our family has done in the past so you can get some ideas.

Every Christmas Eve, our Claudio clan comes together to celebrate. We exchange gifts and eat lots of food, like most families. Two Christmases ago, we decided to add something extra and share what we were most grateful for in the past year. In a clan of 30+ people, it helped us to get to know a little something more about each other and in the process, thank God for all the blessings He has showered on our family.

Last Christmas, we had extra time to spare, so I got an idea to do something fun. I recruited my art teacher friend Linny to help me make some plain top hats out of black cartolina (known in other countries as cardstock or construction paper), then I emailed our relatives to tell them to bring art materials and other props that could be glued. All we needed to prepare were some glue guns and we were ready!

When they arrived, each person picked a top hat (the men got the taller ones), and we challenged them to come up with a creative hat using any of the materials that were available. I was blown away by how creative everyone was!

Here are some photos from that night:

We made mini top hats for the kids

Even the adults were into it!

My nephew made his own hat

Talk about effective use of props!

More of the finished products:

This was the winning hat:

The kooky Claudio clan:

You’re welcome to try this out with your family this Christmas!

Meanwhile, we’re still figuring out what to do this year. Got any ideas to share? :)

What I’m Loving This Week: All Sorts of Stuff!

Read them now or read them later! Here are some of the stuff I liked this week:

1) The question we all ask. by Jon Acuff – A really good Serious Wednesday blog post about what makes us special. I can’t recommend it enough.

Al Gore's TED Talk in 2006

2) Greatest Hits of TED Videos from Fast Company – There are so many TED Talks out there, that I’m just happy someone compiled a list of the greatest hits so we can bookmark them for viewing later on. If you’re not familiar with the TED Talks, it’s time to do your research and catch up!

3) One Question with Ken Coleman – Quick but meaty interviews with great leaders like John Maxwell, Tony Dungy, Seth Godin, and Malcolm Gladwell.

4) Top 10 Google Earth Finds from Time.com – This list has been around for a while, but I just came across it lately. Just in case you missed it, you might want to check it out. So cool!

5) THE “BER” MONTHS ARE HERE! by Jenn Punzalan – Great Christmas season suggestions. In the Philippines, it’s never to early to start planning!

And that’s all for this week, my friends! Have a great weekend!

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Merry Christmas!!!

I’ll tell you more about Christmas 2009, but it deserves a much longer post. In the meantime…