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Mardi Gras 2015 March 1, 2015

In this post: Mardi Gras treats, crafts, parade fun, and a lapbook.

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Hello dear ones! We celebrated Mardi Gras as a family for the second time. We’ve come up with our own traditions, like decorating a float for our family parade. Anywho, this is how we did Mardi Gras.

  • We began with a Mardi Gras lapbook and several videos on Mardi Gras’ history. I’ll include a link at the end.

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  • Michael made a jester mask.

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  • Michael and I watched The Hunchback of Notre Dame because it has the Festival of Fools in it. It’s not the same holiday but the style is similar. I also like the lessons on sin and grace in the movie. Rio and The Princess and the Frog are also good for this time.

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  • We had a small feast for supper. We had ham which is a rare treat. We don’t give up anything during Lent, but it was a nod to the history of Fat Tuesday and how people ate all their meat before fasting during Lent. I found the centerpiece at the Dollar Tree.

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  • We made a King cake using cinnamon rolls. We put it in the oven while we had our parade.

Here’s Chris braiding his part.

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Into the oven!

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  • Michael and I made a parade float out of Leeland’s wagon. We used tissue paper and masks. Then we filled it with beads, moon pies, and coins. Teddy played the king/jester and rode in the float.

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  • I turned up the jazz music and we had a parade. Michael and I took turns throwing things. We put on masks and beads.

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  • Lastly, we decorated and enjoyed our King cake! Mmmmm….we just used the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls and sprinkled it. I couldn’t find purple sprinkles so I used glaze.

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You can find the lapbook, videos, and other ideas here:

Mardi Gras on Pinterest

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Mardi Gras past
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/mardi-gras-dr-seuss-birthday/

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/crafty-monday-gods-love-hearts-galore-plus-mardi-gras-celebration/

Another good Disney film to watch for Mardi Gras is The Princess and the Frog. Here are some ideas to give you that New Orleans’ flavor:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/crafty-monday-disney-countdownpinocchio-the-princess-and-the-frog/

 

Mardi Gras & Dr. Seuss’ Birthday March 29, 2014

For Spring break my family and I took a colonial road trip from Savannah to D.C. This post is not about that but Lord willing, that post is coming. However, on the way we had two fun holidays: Mardi Gras & Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.

Our Dr. Seuss celebrations weren’t as elaborate as last year’s : https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/my-family-rocks-sunday-dr-seuss-birthday/

I knew we’d be on the road but I didn’t want to miss the holiday completely. So we bought a new Dr. Seuss book for our collection and we put together a bookmark. It worked well for our road trip. Michael and I took turns reading our Dr. Seuss books and the book mark came in handy as Michael was starting the Narnia trilogy (By the way, Aslan is on the move ;). It’s coming! Hint hint).

We didn’t get to celebrate Mardi Gras on the day itself. We were exhausted from touring D.C. I brought everything along to celebrate but we just put it off until the weekend after we returned home.  This was our first year celebrating Mardi Gras as a family. I didn’t know much about this holiday until my friend Rachel taught about it at our homeschool group last year: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/crafty-monday-gods-love-hearts-galore-plus-mardi-gras-celebration/

I hid a plastic baby in our corn bread. Yeah, I didn’t have time to make a king cake. “Surprisingly” Michael found it in his slice. Since Michael found the “baby Jesus“, he had the honor of throwing the beads and moon pies while parading around in his jester hat. We all wore masks and blew horns. Then we read our Lent devotional since by this time Lent had started. We talked about the wise men coming to see Christ as a baby/toddler. We talked about the colors of Mardi Gras and what they symbolize: Purple (Justice), Green (Faith), & Gold (Power).  We talked about the history of the holiday and different ways it’s celebrated. I truly enjoy holidays..if ya haven’t noticed ;), but I like to know why I celebrate something. I want Michael to know why, too. Sometimes it’s just for fun, other times there are Biblical lessons to be learned. Mardi Gras has both. Any holiday that celebrates Biblical events, whether Purim or Lent, gives us a great opportunity to dig into God’s word & to make history come to life. We also like to put our own family twist on holidays. We don’t necessarily celebrate the same way as others. Christ is our core & we chuck any traditions that would challenge our morals.  That being said, we had a blast boogying to jazz music in our living room. It was a short and sweet celebration but it gave a pinch of color to our evening.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Dr. Seuss Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/dr-seuss-day/

 

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