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How We Are Putting the Happy in our Holidays

The Holiday season is upon us and I want to try and make the most of it with the kids.  There are many things we did last year that the kids enjoyed and I want to attempt again, plus a few new things (weather permitting!).

We started things off yesterday with a little “Gingerbread” House decorating.  My two year old was drawn to these little wooden piggy bank houses at Dollarama and as I was fighting her to put it back on the shelf, I realized they would make adorable little gingerbread houses for the kids to paint and decorate.  After a coat of brown paint, the kids went to town with the glitter glue, foam shapes and pom poms.

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They look great and my 4 year old loves the little lock and keys the house came with so he can lock any small treasures inside!  Perhaps Santa needs to sneak something inside on Christmas Eve…

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Today was bitterly cold so we decided to stay in and decorate the Christmas tree.  It is our first time putting up an artificial tree instead of a real one so having it up this early still feels a little strange to me.  It is also our first Christmas in this house so there was a bit of debate over where the tree should go.   In the end I am happy with it up in our second floor bonus room.

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Our Christmas Countdown activity list:

  • Countdown the Nights Before Christmas by unwrapping a new bedtime story each night in December
  • Write a Letter to Santa (See my great printable template)
  • Decorate the Christmas Tree 
  • Visit and take photos with Santa
  • Take our annual Holiday Photo of the kids
  • Decorate the kids bedroom doors like snowmen
  • Go to the Zoo’s Festival of Lights
  • Decorate a Gingerbread House
  • Do some Christmas baking
  • Host a Rudolph themed holiday party
  • Spend a night watching Christmas movies and have a sleepover in the Bonus Room
  • Spend an evening looking at Christmas lights
  • Go for a Sleigh Ride

Hopefully this is enough to help keep us busy for the next little while.  I will try to post a full photo tour of all our decorations once they are all up.  I have some popsicle stick snowflakes up on my living room walls I can’t wait to share!

What is on your Christmas countdown activity list?

 

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