-Trimming the tree - Kurt always sets up a musical train underneath, which the kids love!
-Nighttime drives to see Christmas lights. There's nothing sweeter than those shouts of glee from the backseat, as they point out all of the different decorations to Kurt and me.
-Playing with our child-friendly nativity - we have a plastic one and a wooden one, and both get much handling. :)
-Reading lots of wonderful Christmas stories together, including a sweet little advent calendar book that tells a little bit of the Christmas story each day.
-On Christmas Eve we'll bake a Happy Birthday Jesus Cake to be eaten the next day, attend our church's Christmas Eve candlelight service, and return home to do a little Nativity play for Daddy, Grandma, and Granddaddy - complete with bedsheet costumes, stuffed animal props, dialogue, and music - very fun!
Some new things we've done/will do this year...
-One day I got out the tempera paints, some butcher paper, and some stamped paint rollers and let the kids make homemade Christmas paper. It was really quite easy, and believe it or not, minimal mess and cleanup. The kids really enjoyed it, and especially liked the fact that their creations were going to be used to wrap gifts.
-Since we are studying Medieval Times we will be attempting a gingerbread castle after we return home from our trip - feel free to wish me luck with that!
I also wanted to share our units and activities from Christmases past. These links will take you to some of our favorite traditions such as Christmas books, ornaments to make, a recipe or two, and pictures of the annual Christmas play we do at home for Grandma and Granddaddy on Christmas Eve.
Around the Manger Unit
Christmas Symbols Unit
Other Christmas Posts
Hope you're enjoying the making of some special memories with your children this Christmas season!