Christmas is such a special time for our family. Julia has a long break from school, meaning more time with me and more time with her brother. I enjoy creating fun Christmas-inspired activities in which both of my children can participate. We do not follow a harsh curriculum during the holiday times (Julia does not need to memorize the multiplication table while she eats, nor does she have to do drills during a car ride:) Children enjoy spending time with each other, playing silly games, and just having fun! (See here a car Julia and Adrian made from cardboard!)
Julia and Adrian also look forward to our Christmas countdown. This year, I did a 10 day countdown. (Next year, I might look into buying an Advent Calendar on Etsy - this one looks amazing!) In a mean time, I wanted Adrian to be involved in the process, so the calendar is very simple: little envelops, which I invited Adrian to decorate. Inside of each envelope, there is a little note saying:
(10) find a special gift under a Christmas Tree to begin our Christmas -countdown,
(9) make a snowman,
(8) toast marshmallows over a fireplace,
(7) write Christmas cards to family and friends,
(6) find a surprise book under a Christmas Tree and read it cuddling up with Adrian,
(5) have a matching pajama party while watching a Christmas movie,
(4) have a family pizza night,
(3) go on a family nature walk,
(2) decorate a gingerbread house,
(1) have a picture with Santa!
Our Countdown in action
Day 10: The fist gift of Christmas Countdown.
Julia received a ballet carousel for all her ballet efforts.
Adrian was so excited to receive a blue truck snow globe! Little Blue Truck's Christmas is his favorite Christmas book! (Read here.)
Day 9: We had our first snow, so we can make a snowman!
Day 8: Toast marshmallows over a fireplace.
Day 7: Write Christmas cards to family and friends.
Day 6: Find a book under a Christmas tree and read it cuddling up.
The Christmas Wish book - the most beloved Holiday book!
Day 5: Have a matching pajama party while watching a Christmas movie.
Day 4: Have a family pizza night.
Day 3: Go on a family nature walk.
Day 2: Decorate a gingerbread house.
Read how Julia and Adrian decorated it here.
Day 1: Have a picture with Santa!
Well, we did not have a chance to take a picture with Santa, but we got a good shot of him! (See how Santa was caught on camera on Christmas Eve here.)