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a warm chocolate mint treat, stir your cup of hot chocolate
with a candy cane. The candy cane will melt a little and add
some mint flavoring to the chocolate. Floating marshmallows on
top adds a nice touch as well. Another way to add the mint is
to melt a piece of mint chocolate candy in your cocoa.
an Advent Calendar
Make your own Advent calendar like
those shown in the pictures here or purchase a paper one with
windows that open to reveal pictures, words or even
chocolates! It's a way for children to keep track of those
long days until Christmas that fly so quickly for parents.
The examples shown are both
quilted from fabric and have plastic curtain rings for each
day. Small gifts are wrapped in tissue paper and tied to the
rings with colored ribbon. Each child had a different color of
tissue paper so they knew which one to open. Gifts vary from
year to year. They can be small trinkets from a party store,
hair ties and hair ribbons, stickers, pieces of candy or even
coins--mostly pennies with a few larger ones tossed in for
excitement. Usually the 24th of December has something extra
special. As the children got older, the packages sometimes
contained little notes of encouragement or compliments about
the progress the child was making. It should be fun and not
terribly expensive to do.
Have Fun with a
Whether you get a permit and cut
your own tree in the forest, stalk the wily Christmas tree in
a lot or pull the artificial version out of the attic, make it
a special time together. Celebrate the completion by turning
on the lights and enjoying a snack together. Play Christmas
music in the background while you are decorating the tree.
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snowflakes are relatively easy to do and they look terrific.
You can tape them in a window, hang them from the ceiling or
fasten them over solid colors of wrapping paper for a striking
look for a gift package.
Begin with a white
square of paper. You can cut off the excess to get a square.
Fold it in half and then into thirds, at an angle, as shown
above. Cut off the open end with a fancy shape or squiggle. As
long as cuts don't go through from one side to another they
will work and you can get a wide variety of marvelous looking
Play with Paper
Cut strips of
paper and make a chain. They can be stapled, taped or pasted
together. Use chains to decorate. See how long you can make
them. Hang one with thumbtacks from the ceiling. Enjoy!
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mistletoe to a balloon hat and take it with you!
Demonstrate the use
of mistletoe. Parents and uncles are welcome to try it too.
stories and color in holiday coloring books
Spend some time
together reading favorite Christmas stories. Some calm time with special
attention can go a long way toward helping children enjoy the wait and feel
secure even if mom is extra busy. As children get better at reading, let
them read to you or to younger siblings. Try to have some books that have
stories with good messages and that teach values that you want your children
Children can color
under an adult's watchful eye while a parent is accomplishing some of those
extra tasks that find their way to the ever-present "to-do" list. We pack
the Christmas books and coloring books with the holiday decorations so that
they seem fresh and new when we bring them out of storage. It's almost like
getting new toys and books.
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