Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Prep

This year for Christmas I did an advent calendar to force myself to do fun things with the kids. I didn't want to spend all my time moping around the house, ruining everyone's Christmas. Each day we tried to read a scripture and do the activity on the back.

We were marginally successful.  Some activities happened the day we tore it from the countdown chain.  Some happened a few days later, some didn't happen at all.  I still haven't gotten around to making the peppermint marshmallows I wanted to make.  We didn't get to everything and at times I felt like no one really wanted to do the stuff I had planned.  Maybe next year I'll let them help them with the planning so they can get more excited about doing it.

A few of the things we did:
Took cookies to the neighbors: 
This was probably my favorite activity.  We were invited back to one single woman's house who was thrilled to have kids over for Christmas.  She shared her own cookies and her house full of Christmas knickknacks. It was awesome for the kids.
All ready to deliver

Dipped marshmallows in chocolate
Bought a real Christmas tree from the tree lot
Decorated the Christmas tree:
 We tried doing a popcorn garland this year.  Those things take forever!  We only finished about three feet before giving up.  Now I know why we never did it growing up.
Decorated the Christmas tree
Made letters to Santa
Made cards for friends
Cut snowflakes
Read Christmas books
Made Jolly Rancher ornaments
Made Gifts for siblings

It was fun and helped me do some of those fun things I only read about on Pinterest.  I learned a lot, mostly that we need to find more sugar free things to do.  I think the marshmallows didn't happen because we were so sick of sugar.  Plus I was tired of sending the neighbor boy back home hyped up on sugar.  I think we'll definitely try again next year.

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