Of course the last of the packages has long since been opened, and much of our Christmas hub-ub is over.
But we need to finish what we started.
I've started documenting our Christmas countdown:
Check out Days 1-7 for a pink playdough baby Jesus
and Days 8-14, including our sweet Cbug as the star of the nativity scene.
Day 15 (10 Sleeps until Christmas)
Make a handprint Santa
This is one of the ideas I found online. Here is the link to the original project. I adapted a couple of things slightly so that I would not have to do any prep ahead of time and we could just use what we had on hand.
The steps (left to right, top then bottom) were 1st: make a white handprint, 2nd: use thumbprints and fingerprints for the nose and rosey cheeks, 3rd: Glue on some eyes cut out of paper, 4th: Cut out Santa's red hat and attach, 5th: add cotton balls to the hat and 6th: draw a black nose.
Day 16 (9 sleeps until Christmas)
Mail a Christmas card to someone
While there were some days that we waited until the next afternoon to finish our projects, this was the only day that never got completed at all. I personally mailed our Christmas cards to friends and family, but the kids never actually mailed a card to anyone. No excuse either because I intentionally made the Santa handprints (Day 15) on a folded piece of paper so we could use those as the cards. We just never mailed them.
Hey, one out of 24 ain't too bad...and I feel better after that confession of imperfection.
Day 17 (8 sleeps until Christmas)
Buy a Christmas present for someone in our family
This was such a fun way to let the kids buy and give Christmas presents to each other. We drew names, all went to the store together, let the kids take turns shopping, then came home and let them trade their purchases.
KJ drew Cbug