Last year, I created the Christmas album where I documented the special things we did each day in December. Since I'm already doing my Project 365 album this year, I thought it would be overkill to do the Christmas photo a day, too. But I still wanted a fun way to count down the days in December and let our kids discover a fun activity to do each day. Nothing like creating those fun memories!
This year I tried something new. I searched online for different Nativity clipart images and printed them off to create this fridge magnet, kid friendly nativity:
There are 25 pieces to this nativity - one piece for each day of December leading up to Christmas. I included the 4 stable pieces in that number. On the back of each piece is a slip of paper which tells what special thing we will do that day.
The kids have enjoyed turning over the pieces to discover what fun lies ahead that day! What do we have planned? Well, here's our list:
- Make ornaments for the tree (check)
- Write letters to Santa Claus (check)
You can click on it to see the full size!
- Have an indoor picnic
- Make a Christmas craft (better figure that one out soon!)
- Go to the Church Christmas party!
- First Presidency Christmas Devotional
- Have a Family Game Night
- Decorate a Gingerbread house
- Have a pizza party
- Hot chocolate and doughnuts
- Children's Christmas party at work
- Watch favorite Christmas movie and make popcorn
- Perform in the Christmas Cantata
- Make Christmas card for your teachers
- Do an act of secret service
- Take Christmas gifts to your teachers
- Children's Christmas concert and movie night!
- Have Breakfast for Dinner
- Drive around the city and look at Christmas lights
- Read our favorite Christmas books
- Celebrate Mommy's birthday!
- Bake some cookies for Santa
- Sleep in front of the tree
- Act out the Nativity and open one present!
- IT'S CHRISTMAS!
I plan to photograph each and every day - like last year - and include the photos and journaling in my Project 365 album. It will help keep my holiday merry and bright!
We are going to be having a quiet Christmas this year. Hubby can't get any extra time off work for us to travel back to visit our families, which means it's just us this year. That's bitter-sweet for me. Mostly bitter, if I'm honest with myself. Being close to family is such a huge part of what makes Christmas CHRISTMAS for me. I remember all of my sisters, their husband, and children gathering together at our house when I was growing up - the craziness, the laughter, the food (my mom's cabbage rolls and the Christmas oranges), the games, the singing. It was pure joy and elation. I'll be doing my best to recreate that on a smaller scale in our little house this year, but it still won't be *quite* the same.