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Create an A-MAY-zing Month of Celebrations with Family

Create an A-MAY-zing Month of Celebrations with Family

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 ESV

This just MAY be the best month so far this year for family fun and adventure! Spring has completely sprung in most parts of the country, with some lingering snow banks that just won’t seem to go away in a few places. Gorgeous flowers dot God’s artist’s palette in every color and hue. Fresh vegetables line the farmers’ fields and market shelves, and cool breezes invite bare feet and short sleeves. Yes, it’s a beautiful time of year to make special family memories that you’ll cherish for months to come.

Try out some of these zany holidays or create some unique ones of your very own. You’ll be so glad that you added these memories to the month of May.

No Socks Day – Strip off your socks and walk barefoot in the grass to celebrate the day. For a fun game, make bean bags from an old pair of socks. Choose socks with no holes, but that are perhaps stretched out of shape. Place about a cup or less of dried beans into a sock (according to the size of the sock). Close tightly and secure with a rubber band wrapped repeatedly around the sock, near the top of the beans. Fold the excess sock material back over the beans and secure with another rubber band. Make a sock bean bag for each person in the family.

To play the game, spread out family members’ shoes on the den floor. To make the game more challenging, designate random points to each shoe. Take turns tossing the bean bags towards the shoes. If a sock bean bag lands such that it is touching a shoe, that person gets the designated points. If the bean bag lands perfectly inside the shoe, the player gets double the amount of points. Who scored the most?

Frog Jumping Day – Go for a walk in the early evening and search for frogs and toads. Look in ditches at the edge of the driveway or near bodies of water. Listen carefully and you might hear spring peepers or other frogs peeping and singing or you might hear the deep croaking of toads hoping to attract other toads. After the walk, read a selection of amphibian books, like some from the Frog and Toad series, The Wide-Mouthed Frog, Froggy Plays T-Ball, and many more.

 

National Wildflower Week – Make a fun craft to celebrate God’s beautiful floral displays. Use colored cupcake liners as the base of the flower. Glue several liners onto a large sheet of construction paper. Cut out green stems and leaves to glue onto the paper also. Before gluing the leaves in place, fold them in half lengthwise. Then glue only the bottom edge to the stem, and the leaves will stand up in a three-dimensional effect. On the inside of the cupcake liners, glue buttons, beads, small pompoms, or any other craft item you have to decorate the center of the flower.

World Baking Day – Create this yummy dish for a breakfast sweet treat or an after-dinner-Danish-dessert. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 X 9-inch baking pan with vegetable spray. Unroll one tube of crescent rolls into the pan, pinching the seams together to form a rectangle. In a mixer, combine two eight-ounce packages of cream cheese, two cups of powdered sugar, one teaspoon vanilla extract, and one whole egg. Mix well.

Spread the mixture over the crescent rolls. Carefully unroll a second tube of crescent rolls into a rectangle and lay the rectangle on top of the cream cheese mixture. Brush the top with an egg white. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Cool for half an hour, then top with a glaze. To make the glaze, stir together one-half cup of powdered sugar, two tablespoons of milk, and one-half teaspoon of vanilla extract. Drizzle the glaze evenly over the baked dish.

National Water a Flower Day – Take a trip to the garden store to purchase some new flowers to plant in the yard. While there, buy a bouquet of flowers or a potted plant, too. Work together as a family to plant flowers in the front or back yard and be sure to water them! Think of someone who needs cheering up and go as a family to deliver the bouquet of flowers or potted plant. Tell them you’re celebrating Water a Flower Day and spend some time visiting before you scoot back home.

God’s blessings are new every day. Enjoy each new day with those you love and create lasting memories. Make it an a-MAY-zing month of fun, adventure, and quality time spent together. But most of all, share love – God’s love – with family, friends, and each person God places in your path. Happy May!

By: Julie Lavender

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