All three kids read stories to a Santa that used to belong to Mike’s Grandma
We’re planning a quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas. The kids had a great week finishing up school and doing various Christmas crafts at home – adding jewel stickers to foam Christmas trees, building foam gingerbread houses, and making all sorts of improvised gifts and decorations. They have also enjoyed several tastes of their gingerbread houses. We had one play date, and managed to make and deliver teacher thank yous. Emma also drew pictures for every single member of her class!
We discovered a fun, barely-Christmas-themed story in Stick Man, which I borrowed from the library after reading this review at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns. Johnny had a lovely holiday party that Mike, Lily, and I attended, and Emma enjoyed a gift exchange at school. Mike got his wisdom teeth out Friday afternoon (they discovered he had FIVE, not four, wisdom teeth), so he’s only partially coherent for the weekend. Mike opened his presents last weekend in anticipation of being not-quite-all-there this weekend, and he and the kids have enjoyed playing with his new snap circuits set – while I’ve enjoyed the down time!
Today we’ll listen to Christmas music, sing Christmas music, and read excerpts of Luke 2. The kids will open books sent to them by my parents, just as growing up we opened books sent by my mom’s parents on Christmas Eve. I’m excited to introduce them to The Polar Express, which is Johnny’s book. Emma and Lily are getting equally special non-Christmas-y books (100+ No-Sew Fabric Crafts for Kids and Make Way for Ducklings). My brother and sister-in-law are coming over for a quiet dinner Sunday afternoon, and I am grateful to share Christmas with them.
I had plenty of Christmas plans that didn’t happen, particularly for handmade gifts, but we’ve had a lovely, low-stress (if unproductive) month. I’ll take memories over projects any day.
Wishing you all a restful, peaceful, and joy-filled weekend!