Ho Ho Holiday Roundup

Hello! Has your month been merry so far?

After two son's birthdays, a visit from the in-laws, hernia surgery and some general December craziness, our goal for the rest of this month is to relax and enjoy the holiday season. Here is my to do list for December family fun:

1. Countdown to Christmas
Yes, I know Advent started nine days ago, but we're starting our countdown a little late. Instead of candy, for quick (free) treats, I tucked the reward cards from this post in our Advent Calendar for the kids to discover each day. (We still hadn't used the reward cards, so they're new to my kids and they absolutely love them.) I'm also following this Creative Christmas Countdown. It's a blog hop featuring 24 playful activities to help you celebrate each day leading up to Christmas by creating with your kids.

2. Make Crafty Sibling Gifts
Last year I helped each of my boys make a gift for their siblings.  (I copied this idea from Design Mom.) The kids had a blast.  We ended up with a cereal box marble maze, a couple of potato print t-shirts, and a set of hand dyed wooden blocks, a blank Star Wars journal, and a football player snow globe. Last year, I gave them a menu of ideas and let them pick what to make.  This year, we're considering crafts from this list from Kirtsy, or busy bag themed gifts like these, from Modern Parents Messy Kids. If the kids are game, we may even branch out and craft gifts for cousins, neighbors, grandparents and friends. I'm sure someone I know would love an adorable paperbag wreath like the one pictured below from Bloesem Kids.

3. Read! 
Here's a list of newly published holiday books on Imagination Soup, and again from Design Mom, here's a list of her 20 all-time favorite Christmas reads. If you're a classroom teacher or a homeschooler, Carolyn at Wise Owl Factory/Book-A-Day Blog, has a great list of winter themed books, along with related printables for classroom use.

4. Finish Shopping
I was hoping to have that little job done before the previously mentioned December craziness, but I'm still working on it. If you're in the same boat, check out this awesome list of Hobby Starter gifts from Let's Explore, and of course, don't miss the literacy-themed gift ideas in my Small Types Gift Guide. Whatever I end up with, I definitely want to try wrapping with some cool wordy paper. (Via Pinterest)

Oh, and if you're a fellow Seattleite, visit me over at The Savvy Source for some local kid-friendly holiday fun.

How is December shaking out at your house? I'd love to hear how your family is celebrating the season. 
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I'll be back Monday with some ideas that combine literacy and building. See you soon!
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