And the celebration continues! (For days 1-5, click here.)
Day 6: Hang snowflakes in the school room!
Day 7: Make peppermint cookies together!
This is one of our annual traditions, and we all love it! We especially love eating the results.
I’m not sure where I first came up with these, but they are super easy and really scrumptious.
All it takes is some butter crackers (Ritz-style, Townhouse-style, or Club-style all work), some semi-sweet chocolate chips (melted in a double boiler…oh, how I LOVE my double boiler), a tiny bit of peppermint extract, and some crushed candy canes.
First, have the kids crush the candy canes using a meat mallet. Trust me, they love this job.
Then melt the chocolate chips and add a little bit of peppermint extract. Trust me, a little bit goes a loooong way with peppermint extract. Roll the crackers in the chocolate, place on a foil-lined sheet, and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Refrigerate until firm. Voila! A tasty Christmas treat!
Day 8: Make Christmas sugar cookies with our Perry friends!
I think Kathy got some pictures of the kiddos actually helping on this one, but for some reason, all I got was the adults! Silly me!
The kids really did cut the shapes out of the dough, and then we baked/frosted them. And you will see in the next pictures that the kids had a grand time sprinkling the cookies.
This is what my kitchen looked like after this little “adventivity” was over…
I swear it looked worse in person. Or, at least, it felt worse in person.
Day 9: Listen to “Christmas in Two Acts” on our way to Aunt Margie’s house!
I don’t have a picture of the audio book itself, but if you’re interested, I bought it from here. It tells two short stories by O. Henry. They’re short and sweet.
We did take a few pictures at the Christmas shindig, though. We had a great time, as always. A huge highlight for the kids is the annual pinata whacking. My Aunt Margie makes these pinatas every year, which always turn out to be as hard as concrete, and my cousin Jake always has to be the one to actually break it open at the end. But the kids love trying anyway.
We also got a picture of all the kiddos with their great-grandma (my grandma, my mom’s mom). My last great-grandparent passed away when I was two, so I think it’s neat to be able to take advantage of these opportunities for my kids.
Day 10: Go caroling in our neighborhood with our small group!
Despite the misty/freezing rain, our small group walked around our neighborhood to sing Christmas carols and hand out bags of cookies to our neighbors. Some people weren’t home, but others answered the door and seemed happy to see us. The older people seemed to be the most receptive. It was a great time, even though Jaden and Ava were sure their faces were going to fall off because they were so cold.
We came back to the house and warmed up with hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks.
Stay tuned for more Adventivities…They’re happening every day…