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ACTIVITIES

 

Chocolate Mint Treat

For 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.


 Use 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 Christmas Tree

 

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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DECORATIONS

Make Paper Snowflakes

These six-pointed 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 snowflakes.


Play with Paper Chains

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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Take Advantage of Mistletoe

 Attach some mistletoe to a balloon hat and take it with you!

 

 

Demonstrate the use of mistletoe. Parents and uncles are welcome to try it too.


Read Christmas 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 to learn.

 

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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