Wednesday, December 26, 2012

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

I have always wanted to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas.  My vision was to give each child one gift on each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas as well as a slew of presents on Christmas Day.  Welp, when you do the math-- (12 days x 3 children) + (a slew x 3 children)= more money than I'm willing to spend!

This year I decided to try the 12 days differently than I'd ever thought of before.  Instead of doing a present per child each day, we decided to do an activity a day for the 12 days of Christmas.  Honestly, it was much better than I imagined.

Here is a rundown of the Main family 12 days of Christmas...

Day 12:  make red/ green Christmas countdown chains

Day 11: dinner in front of the Christmas tree (This night the kids also decided to sleep under the tree for the 1st of many times!)

Day 10:  make gingerbread man crayons

Day 9:  Oak Park light display & hot chocolate (Sorry, I had great pictures of this, but they were lost in a deleted photo card fiasco.)

Day 8:  Paper Strip Trees (Another lost image on this one, but here is an image from the blog where the idea came from: Whatever


Day 7:  Holiday Mad Libs  (from Teaching Resources Classroom jr)

Day 6:  "Gingerbread" House-- We always buy one of those cheap kits and this year we accidentally bought a chocolate kit.  As in, we had to melt chocolate into walls, etc.  It was nearly a disaster.  We finally decided to just give each child a wall and let him decorate that.

Day 5:  "Green Day" (The Grinch and green wreath cookies)

Day 4:  The Legend of the Candy Cane and healthy candy canes

Day 3:  Rudolf pancakes

Day 2:  Happy birthday Jesus party @ church

Day 1:  Snowflakes for Connecticut & Christmas Eve service

I would definitely do the 12 days of Christmas again.  In some places I would try to find new activities to replace the ones we did this year and some I think we'll do every year.  What memories did you make this year?  Any new activities that will soon become traditions at your house?

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