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Fourth of July: Confetti Sticks!

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our beautiful country. This year our country is 239 years young and we are excited to share this incredible day with all of our friends and families. America is the land of the free, and the home of the brave. It is a country to be celebrated, so just as we celebrate our own birthday’s and our children’s birthdays lets enjoy this birthday of our great nation and do it up right!

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with outrageous fun, streamers, and confetti! This month we want to share an incredibly fun craft that will not only be fun to make with your kids, but will also be incredibly fun to celebrate with!

Crystal, the brain of A Pumpkin and a Princess, knows how to get super creative with everything. She loves to share her incredible creations with the world, and this month we are very excited to share her with you. Crystal has an incredible idea that is perfect for the Fourth of July, Confetti Sticks. These sticks are perfect for those little ones at home that want to play with firecrackers on the fourth but parents are just not sure that is a safe idea. Give them these fun “explosive” confetti sticks that are safe and gorgeous and will surely make the fourth unforgettable!

What You Will Need:

  • Thick paper straws (about 1/2 inch wide)
  • confetti
  • sequins (optional)
  • glue
  • stapler
  • patriotic garland

Now just head on over to A Pumpkin and A Princess to get the easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorial complete with easy-to-follow pictures. You and your kids will love this craft so much that it will become a family tradition! So gather your supplies and head on over to A Pumpkin and a Princess for some creative fun!

 

December 6 – Saint Nicholas Day

Saint Nicholas is celebrated in numerous countries in Europe on December 6. Saint Nicholas is the patron and protector of small children. The legend of Father Christmas was derived from the legends surrounding the life of Saint Nicholas.

Saint Nicolas was inspired by Nicolas de Myre also known as Nicholas of Bari. He was born in Patara in Asia minor between 250 and 270 J – c. He died on 6 December, 345 or 352 in the port city of Myre in Asia Minor.

After his death, St. Nicolas fueled a multitude of stories that reflected his generous personality. He is one of the saints most represented in religious iconography.

Saint Nicholas provides for children the opportunity to receive gifts three weeks before he visits every chimney in the world. On the eve of Saint Nicholas, small children place their shoes by the hearth before going to bed. Next to their shoes, they will place a carrot and sugar cubes for Saint Nicholas mule as well as a glass of wine to warm the great Saint.

Starting in the 12th century, it is said that Saint Nicolas, disguised, goes from House to House on the night of 5 to 6 December to ask the children if they were obedient. Good children receive gifts and sweets while bad ones receive coal or stick provided by of St. Nicholas’ companion. (Père Fouettard in France) Continue reading