Hey there All! It’s that wonderful time of the year again; the time for love, laughter, giving, friendship, family, and memories. I wanted to complile MY list of 25 family Christmas activities that are gauranteed to get your family in the holiday spirit! So here it goes!
25 Family Friendly Christmas Activites:
- Make your own garland for your tree or banister using popcorn, paper chains, burlap, ribbon, etc.
- DIY Orange Slice Ornaments (Instructions here)
- Make a Bird Feeder (Instructions here)
- Make Festive Playdough and play with Cookie Cutters (Recipees here)
- Decorate Cookies
- Go for a drive to look at Christmas Lights (I spy sheets here)
- Have a Hot Chocolate Bar and Board Game Night
- Read a Christmas Story
- Make Paper Snowflakes and tape them to your windows and mirrors.
- Make Reindeer Food and go feed your local Reindeer (Recipee here)
- Watch a Christmas Movie
- Decorate a Gingerbread House
- Make Popcorn Balls (Recipe here)
- Make Christmas Cards to pass out at a Retirement Home
- Donate Canned Food to a Food Drive
- Go Caroling
- Choose 3 Toys to Donate to a Toy Drive
- Make a Snowglobe (Directions here)
- Camp out by your Christmas Tree
- Christmas Themed Pizza Night! Shape your dough into a tree and decorate with toppings. Or buy varying sizes of frozen cheese pizzas and build a snowman and then decorate him with toppings.
- Make Christmas Bark (Recipe here)
- Walk around town, a mall, or a hospital and hand out candy canes
- Get a Christmas Activity Book
- Collect Pinecones to decorate (an idea here)
- Make a kid friendly punch or mocktail for Christmas Day (recipe here)
Enjoy! Merry Christmas!
No matter how far I run
I can never escape the setting sun
The breeze on my face
Brings memories of a far off place
Apple cider and fast rope swings
When I think back there are so many things
Leaves in my hair, bark on my knees
I was always up climbing in a tree
Mud pies in the warm sunlight
A blanket of stars covered the night
Harvest brought the corn fields down
Used to decorate the streets of town
Small town love, and a big embrace
Is the custom in this far out place
It seems no matter where I go
Fall seems to find me and let me know
My country love will never leave
The country will always live in me
Let me start by saying I am a Pre-K Teacher. It is currently summer vacation and although it is nice having some time off, to lounge and work on my book, I am more than ready to see all those little faces again. What I love most about teaching is it makes you appreciate so much through out the year.
Such as, you develop a child like love for all the holidays. You begin to take joy in the change of the seasons. You cherish new flowers in Spring, colorful leaves in Autumn, and a perfect white snow in Winter. It all seems magical. Oddly enough there is another person that puts me in that place of misty eyed admiration. Vince Guaraldi, I am sure you have heard of him. He composed the music for The Peanuts, Charles Schulz famous comic strip creation.
The Peanuts was such a fun lighthearted comic strip/show and they always had fun holiday specials on TV; I think this is why I associate Vince Guaraldi and his music with fun times. He is always invited to all my holiday celebrations. It doesn’t matter if I am baking Christmas cookies, planning a Halloween party, grocery shopping for Thanksgiving, laying out in the bright Summer sun, or sipping a cup of tea during a really good Spring rain I always have to have Vince their playing in the background.
I feel that it is hard to be sad while listening to Vince play. His music always keeps things in perspective for me. Since I associate his music with lighthearted good times, any time I feel down I just listen and before I know it I’m telling myself it isn’t as bad as it seems. It is that child like outlook. Having that outlook is truly a blessing in disguise. Some people may think it makes you naive or careless, but honestly it gives you the glass is always half full point of view, everything is never as bad as it seems, positive, and on the up and up. I may sound artificial or preachy right now (did I mention I am a teacher on summer vacation), but really its just about finding what is important in life, and holding on to the good times and not taking them for granted.
I guess this is my long-winded way of saying I love working with kids, and writing children’s literature. I hope this inspires you to listen to Vince Guaraldi or watch a Peanuts special (my favorite is It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, the part where Linus jumps into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker gets me laughing every time.) Me and my husband bond over our silly child like outlooks, but you know at the end of the day it keeps us sane. Life is only as hard as you make it. If you are always looking forward to Santa coming, then every night will feel like Christmas Eve.
We all know that the way to a dad’s heart is through his tummy! That is true of my dad, and this Father’s Day will be no different. Some great places to check out some tasty recipes are: http://www.pillsburybaking.com and http://www.adashofsass.com. One of the most loved recipes in my house is Hershey’s Chewy Chocolate Cookies. Go to the grocery and pick up a bag of Hershey’s Peanut Butter Baking Chips. The recipe for these truly scrumptious cookies is on the back of the baking chips bag. You will not be sorry!
Besides giving great tips on what to gift your dad for Father’s Day, I wanted to share how my dad helped inspire me to be a reader. I believe it is important to know where an author is coming from and what makes them the author they are. One thing I hope to accomplish with this blog is to help readers understand the REAL me and where I came from.
What I love most about writing, and about books, is they take you places. They take you to unthinkable depths of the earth. They place you in someone else’s shoes and they bring to life a whole different world outside of your own. Sounds like a crazy roller coaster (minus the stomach flips) and that’s why I love to read and write. But to really tell a story you must have a good narrative, and my dad is the best narrator. When I was little he read the whole series: The Chronicles of Narnia (by C.S. Lewis) out loud. Me and my brother would lay on the floor and listen to him read for hours. My dad has such a soothing voice, and such great inflection, that I felt like I was right there with Digory and Polly jumping into puddles with our green and yellow rings. As I grew up I would mimic that same inflection and now I can’t read anything without giving every comma, period, question mark, and exclamation point its proper salute. There is something so grand about hearing someone read something the way it was written and the way the author intended it to be heard.
That is one reason why I love children’s literature. There is so much room for inflection within a children’s book, it makes them enjoyable to read (especially to a class of eager students.) Next time you pick up a book, really pay attention to the placement of the punctuation, and read it the way the author intended you to. You might get something out of the story that you would not have any other way.
As always Kisses XXXX to Dad’s on Father’s Day, and a big I LOVE YOU TONS to my dad 🙂