Tuesday, December 1, 2009

the december list

This is the third year for our December list and I'm so excited about it! I think I got the idea from Family Fun, but I honestly can't remember exactly (and ain't that the story of my life!). The idea is that you write each idea on a small piece of paper, stuff them all into a jar or advent calendar, and then pull one out each day. These are supposed to be activities to do as a family - simple, free or inexpensive, and fun. The best part of this year's list was sitting down as a family and coming up with it together.

So here, in no particular order, is our activity list for the month:

- go see the Zoo Lights
- make salted caramels
- make a gingerbread house
- bake cookies for the firefighters
- have a family Candy Land night
- take the MAX downtown to see the Macy's Santa
- bake Hanukkah cupcakes to take to Nana's
- make kissing balls
- make real hot chocolate and real marshmallows
- watch Charlie Brown Christmas
- make snowman soup
- pick a stuffed animal to take to the Dornbecher Children's Hospital
- make an ornament
- bake cookies for us
- drive around the neighborhood to check out the lights
- family pizza making night
- watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the good/animated version)
- Go to Mt Hood to play in the snow
- family Memory night
- read The Polar Express
- family driedel night
- watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
- make a Hanukkah decoration
- go to Peacock Lane
- look at pictures from past Decembers

Then several plans for specific days:

- cut down our tree
- decorate our tree
- have a latke dinner for the first night of Hanukkah
- read the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve
- make monkey bread for Christmas morning
- drink sparkling cider on New Year's Eve

What special activities are you planning to do with your family this month?

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