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What to do when the kids are still so little? Have them help make paper chain garlands! The 10th day found me digging through our craft box for supplies:

~ Red and green construction paper
~ Safety scissors
~ Scotch tape or glue stick
~ Excited little kids

Bug was great at alternating the colors I needed. However not so great with the tape dispenser. LOTS of twisted tape. Muffin just wanted to run around with the paper, whatever makes her happy 🙂 We pulled in daddy mid-craftiness to cut up more strips of paper. We now have a beautiful chain hanging across our windows, above the tree in the living room.

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Well, with a rather hectic evening the activity was almost missed, but Christmas stories are always an easy one. We had gone to the Post to pick up some packages we’d sent home form Ohio. In those packages were several Christmas books. One was particularly special as it was recorded by Grammy and Grampy.

As 7:30pm rolled around we changed into our jambes, cuddles up on the couch and begin with the Charlie Brown Christmas book. The girls instantly recognized the voices and yelled “Grammy! Grampy!” and off we went into the story. Bug also really enjoyed the music intros as well. Once Charlie Brown ended on we went to ‘A Bad Kitty Christmas’ which is terribly cute. However before I could finish both girls were restless and ready for bed, so off they went.

Nothing like a nice holiday story at bedtime 🙂

This evening’s activity found us writing a letter to Santa. Or rather, mommy doing all the writing and Bug/Muffin dictating what needed to be said. Well, mommy had to ask some question as well, so a little investigative journalism perhaps?

The letter went something like this:

Dear Santa,

We have been very good girls this year. We also moved to Ireland, we hope you can find us. Bug would like a dolly with a yellow shirt. Muffin would like a Winne-A-Pooh. Mommy & Daddy would like some peace and quiet.

Please tell Rudolph & Frosty “hi!” for us!

XO, Bug & Muffin

Letter to Santa

Tree time!!! Finally, the moment we had been talking about for days with the girls, we put up our tree as today’s activity. Now putting up the tree was almost all that occurred as Muffin discovered how much she loved taking the ornaments and running away with them (giggling all the while). Bug on the other hand was scolding her and trying to get them back to put on the tree. So the upper 1/2 has some amount of decorations compliments of Bug and Mommy, the bottom half is mostly bare at the moment, pending if Muffin can handle not removing further ornaments. I’ll say we were going with a minimalistic approach this year 😉

Bug keeps commenting on how “beautiful” the tree is and how much she loves the decorations. She also sings ‘O Christmas Tree’ and the lyrics are something like: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. How I love you so much…


Muffin "Helping"

Bug's turn!

Make sure to get the back

On the tree, or not?

mmmm, gingerbread bear

Let the activities continue!

December 6th found us coloring holiday themed pictures. I was able to find online pictures from ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’, and they were a hit. Bug selected her colors quickly (red/green and then shades of purple/pink) and went to work. Muffin was busy trying to figure out how to color with two hands at once. Both had an immense amount of fun.

Happy Birthday! Today’s activity has the family gathered around the TV (tsk, tsk) to watch “Frosty the Snowman”. Bug just adores singing what words she does know of the song and is head over heels for the snowman plushie I brought home yesterday.

Muffin, on the other hand, sort of watches. She reacts when Bug does.

All in all, a little holiday spirit for us to watch and talk about. Bug loves telling us what is going on as it happens or just after it occurs. The ‘magic man’, ‘Pocus’ the rabbit, Frosty… oh yes, the names are up for interpretation when it comes to an almost 4 year old mind.