Then we got busy counting down. Here are "ornaments" 1 through 7....
Day 2 (23 sleeps until Christmas)
Color or create a Christmas picture
RRL and I were at a wedding this night so the kids got to do this activity with Grammy and I only got an "after" picture.
Day 4 (21 Sleeps until Christmas)
Make Christmas things out of play dough
Ok, this one might qualify us for this website of worst nativity scenes. A yellow manger, filled with orange-snake-hay atop which lay the pink peanut of a baby Jesus, surrounded by snowmen, angels, candy cane, reindeer...and a ZIPPER. Yeah, we are working on the story. I didn't really give the kids any direction, just got out the play-dough some Christmas cookie cutters and said "Lets make Christmas things". We all 5 participated. RRL made the amazing reindeer. I made a manger. And Cbug added the orange snakes/hay. We were all busy working away and Lou reached out her hand with a little wad of peanut-shaped pink play dough. "And he-uh" she said "Is da baby Jesus". I was torn between thinking it was so sweet in the midst of all of us laughing and playing that she had been working away at making sure we had Jesus. AND trying not to crack up at how serious she was about her little peanut shaped Baby. Love her heart and her creativity.
Day 5 (20 Sleeps until Christmas)
Bake Christmas cookies
In another post will have to share some "before and after" pictures of this process. Making cookies with all three of them was a bit I-N-S-A-N-E. We employed my favorite short-cut of making sugar cookies from pre-packaged dough.
(19 Sleeps until Christmas)
Deliver Christmas sticker and treats to a friend
This was one of of the kids very favorite activities. We took them to the store, let them choose a small basket full of goodies and then pick a friend to deliver them to. They loved running to the door, putting the package on the doorstep and sneaking away. Turns out the sneaking was so necessary because the recipients were not home...but they loved it anyway. Sure wish I had taken pictures of their sweet faces getting to surprise someone else.
(18 Sleeps until Christmas)
Go look at Christmas lights
This was kind of a bust. I thought it would be fun, but the fun faded fast and everyone wanted to go home. I think because we do this all the time when we are driving along, it was not really something special. Or maybe it was just the night. Who knows. But definitely did not take pictures of the five of us driving along, kids asking if we could go home and Mom and Dad repeating "no, we can't go home yet. We.Are.Having.Fun" Nope, no pictures of that.
Can't wait to share Days 8-15. and 16-20. Stay tuned. The images of Cbug dressed as baby Jesus and our whole family Christmas caroling to stuffed animals will be totally worth your while. Promise.