Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Bucket List: Update

Brown paper packages tied up with materials around the house? Yes, indeed, my favorite thing.
 Dmitri's Gingerbread House
 We had a gingerbread house decorating party with Dmitri's friends. It was so cute and fun, and so worth the effort.
I hung a wreath - and made a burlap bow to update it a bit (for free using scraps I had).

We watched a Christmas movie: A Charlie Brown Christmas
I haven't seen it in years; and I thought it would be a classic choice. (Especially since Dmitri really enjoyed the Athens Christmas parade that was Charlie Brown-themed.) Uh, let me just say, I don't think that was intended for children. I'm not really sure what age-range it was created for, but I will definitely choose something else next time! I would have enjoyed it if I had watched it by myself. Not so much with a three-year-old. What are your favorite holiday movies for watching with little ones?

I'll post our Christmas photo & letter at the beginning of next week, so I don't ruin it for anyone receiving a hard copy. ; )

Caroline’s Holiday Bucket List
-Make homemade hot cocoa (and it was so easy and delicious, we have made it twice this week!)

-Watch a Christmas movie with the family
-Apple. Cider.
-Hang a star in the window
-Mail Christmas cards to friends and family

-Hang a holiday wreath
-See Christmas lights!
-Make Gingerbread Houses (I think I'm going to try Rice Crispy Treat houses with my favorite peanut butter & brown rice syrup recipe)
-Sugar cookies. A Christmas tradition. (I use this recipe).
-Create snow globes with Dmitri (there are a million tutorials on Pinterest)
-Put the very first present under the tree the day we get our Christmas tree  (The book: Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas Tree. That way, we can read it all holiday season long. And it's such a cute book.)
-Hang stockings by the fireplace
-New Christmas pajamas and a special Christmas book: our Christmas Eve tradition
-Cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning!
Are you in the full holiday swing?! I still have a few activities I would like to do, but thus far, we are really enjoying this season. Having little ones has only increased my love of Christmas, if that's possible. And I cannot wait to see their faces on Christmas morning.

I'm still scrambling to finish a couple handmade projects. Do I still have time to knit a hat?!
What about you? Are you done with your shopping/gift-making?


Curly-T said...

I'm surprised Dmitri didn't like Charlie Brown. My 3 year old son LOVES it! Though he often reminds me he enjoys the Thanksgiving one better. :)
You could always try Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas, Mickey's Christmas Carol, Rudolph, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas - my children love them all. Though by far this year their favorite is The Polar Express.

tearinguphouses said...

i'm mostly done. still wrapping... i love how yours are wrapped!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Love all your packages all tied up with string! Our favorite kids movie is the good old fashioned rudolph. the snow monster can be kind of scary though. Merry Christmas!