Advent Crafts, Field Tested: This One Made My Day

Nathan Proctor, Associate Director of Music at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, sends the following message that made my day:

I was inspired by your blog post on creative ways to up-cycle the blue hymnal. I lead a children’s choir of around 30 first and second graders and yesterday we created ornaments from pages from the old hymnal.

The children had a great time working on this project- there was lots of singing in the room as they looked at the Christmas songs. We let them choose their favorite Christmas or Advent song to use on their ornament- lots of requests for Away in a Manger and Go Tell it on the Mountain. They even thought about important words they would like to have showing.

Emphasis mine. This is exactly what I had in mind, and I could not be more thrilled to read this message.


They loved the project! I plan to tie on some ribbon and include a note to their parents telling where the music came from before sending them home on the first Wednesday in December.

It was a really happy, joyful project! It was such a sweet time with the kids that I wanted to email you right away today to thank you for the fun idea.

Thank you for the great suggestions and ideas!

What can I say, Nathan? Thank you so kindly. And check out the children's handiwork:




The only downside is that I'm totally in the Christmas spirit and it's not even Thanksgiving yet...  ;-)