I recently found The 24 Days of Mormon Christmas at Confessions of a Slacker Mom. It is a downloadable file of stories, songs, scriptures and links to videos to use in your family the 24 days leading up to Christmas. It's like a mini devotional for every night of December up to Christmas. If you purchase the gifting license for $12.00 it gives you the ability to either print out or burn 100 copies of The 24 Days of Mormon Christmas to give as gifts to your friends. I thought, for taking all the work of searching for things that go together for each night of the month it was worth the $12.00 but then when I read that I could share it with 100 friends I was sold. What a great neighbor or friend gift. It is a perfect gift to give to your in laws or the women that you visit teach (assuming of course that all of the above mentioned people would use something like this). Well I bought the gifting license and printed off all of the pages to put in a binder to use for myself and then burned copies to CD's to give to some of our neighbors and a few friends ( I chose people with small children because even though the whole thing is not just for children, there are lots of things that would be perfect for families with children). I instantly saw in my head the CD wrapped up with a nativity tag attached. So I searched Pinterest first to find out how to make a paper CD package and found these instructions:
Then I searched for nativities (which if you are wanting tons of ideas type that into the search box on Pinterest and select boards-I found so many fantastic nativity boards) and I found this pattern (which is to make a felt ornament).
It was simple and I knew I could make a paper version. I redrew it, scaled it down quite a bit and then cut out individual pattern pieces. I then cut all the pieces out of paper and assembled them into this simple and cute little Mary and Joseph with the baby Jesus scene. I attached it to the CD holder, tied a twine bow around it and added a little gift tag. I love how they turned out.
Even though it won't be able to be used much this Christmas season, I am hoping that if I tuck it in with a little plate of cookies that those who receive it will have it out and ready next December 1st to help them get into the true spirit of the season.