(Speaking of "activities," KJ is a little confused by our constant talk of "activities" and "nativity" and calls what we do each night our "Christmas activity scenes". Without intending to, he actually has dubbed it quite descriptively. Activities. Check. Scenes...oh wow, most definitely!)
Days 8-14 of Christmas time fun
Day 8 (17 sleeps until Christmas)
Drink hot chocolate before bed
This worked out perfectly because it was the night of the preschool Christmas show. We already have a tradition of going to get a treat after the kids' shows so we just got hot chocolate before we headed home. Mostly just did not want to give you the false impression that our Christmas countdown was a formal affair. The attire for this evening greatly exceeded our normal wardrobe of pajamas and/or sweats.
Day 10 (15 Sleeps until Christmas)
Have a Christmas music dance party
So much fun. Blast the Christmas music and dance away. I especially loved watching the brothers dance together. And the dancing that required all of my children to stack on top of each other. Oh, and most definitely the random but synchronized "snow-angel-dance move".
Day 11 (14 Sleeps Until Christmas)
Then we deliver it to our church's foodbank. We fill up a cart with our groceries and stock the shelves. They LOVE the sorting and matching, the assembly line passing, and driving the cart.
Day 13 (12 sleeps until Christmas)
Talk about the story of Jesus' birth and dress up like a nativity scene.
Yeah, totally didn't see this one going quite the way it did. I mean who could have foreseen that when choosing roles, Cbug would say "I wanna be the Baby?" I just thought it might be a fun and easy way to help our kids remember the Christmas story. And it was memorable alright. Nothing like seeing your 40 pound "middlest" dressed in "swaddling clothes" to help you NEVER forget the nativity scene. Oh wow. Even the pictures are a little blurry because I was laughing so hard I couldn't hold the camera still.
Introducing our cast of Characters...KJ and Joseph, Lou as Mary, and Cbug as sweet baby Jesus in a manger (aka the car seat box that fortuitously arrived the day before).
Day 14 (11 sleeps until Christmas)
Choose a toy to deliver to the toy drop at the Firestation
We took the kids shopping, let them pick out a toy they would like to give and then we all delivered them to the firestation. RRL has a friend that was coordinating one of the toy drives at firestations in our city. He called him earlier this day to see if it mattered when we took toys by and was told that since there are firemen there 24-7, it really didn't matter. But maybe 8:30 at night was not what he had in mind. It was just one of those days and we didn't get there nearly as early as we thought. When we rang the "press here for help" bell outside, three firemen came quickly to the door, probably anticipating an emergency...not these three blond cuties eagerly holding up their treasures. Kinda threw 'em for a loop. But they were super sweet about it and even let KJ ask his very important question "How do you decide who gets to go to sleep and who stays awake to wait for fires?" The answer: "We ALL try to sleep". KJ was quite satisfied.