We are in full holiday mode now. The kids are out of school and Michael is using the rest of his vacation days so we are all home together.
There’s a lot of sleeping in, going to parks, watching holiday shows on TV, holiday cooking and even a craft party with the neighbors. Tonight there is caroling in the neighborhood.
We had four families over to craft yesterday. We had three main crafts and then two crafts for the 4-year-olds in our group. (It was 11 kids total.) I got almost all the crafting stuff half-price at Hobby Lobby. I was a little too excited about buying glitter, googley eyes and a box of 750 craft sticks of all sizes for $7. (Michael went shopping for Christmas presents during the party – he doesn’t do well with glitter.)
My favorite craft was the Styrofoam balls that you pin sequins on to make ornaments. The kids were so patient pinning them on and made very creative designs. One child cut the balls and made a Mickey Mouse ornament with several balls.
At another table, the kids could make Rudolph’s with Popsicle sticks, googley eyes, puff ball noses and pipe cleaners for antlers. One of our fifth-grade boys made a mutated one – very creative. They could also do snowflakes with lots of lovely glitter.
The itty-bitties in our group loved the holiday stamps and also liked putting glitter on the foam balls. I bought finger puppets of the Holy Family but we didn’t pull them out.
After crafting for about an hour and a half the kids played Wii and X-box while the moms got lunch on the table – Boboli pizzas with fruit and sugar cookies for desert. (We had Chex mix too — the Costco had a box with all three cereals in it, much less than at the grocery store.)
Tonight the kids walk to each house caroling. The neighbors usually hand out treats. It’s sort of like singing Halloween.
How is your family celebrating the holiday prior to the big day? (I am wondering with Hanukkah, if families do crafts or other activities?)