Day 23: Ha! Ha! Ha-lidays!

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While little ones learn to master Ho! Ho! Ho!, challenge your older kids with these fun Christmas tongue twisters.

  • Chocolate cocoa cravings cure colds
  • Santa sings shining star songs
  • Sally skis super slow
  • Big bright bells banish boredom
  • Grumpy Grinch goes grizzly gus
  • Pretty packages perfectly packed
  • Tip-top tiny tot toys
  • Sally’s striped stocking’s stuffed slightly
  • Santa’s super souped sleigh swiftly slides sideways
  • Cheery cute caroling Christmas critters
  • Candy cane cookies keep kids coming

And tell silly jokes, like these:

Q: What does Santa eat for breakfast? A: Frosted Flakes!

Q: Why does Santa have three gardens? A: So he can Hoe Hoe Hoe!

Q: What do elves learn in school? A: The Elf-abet!

Day 22: A Little Angel Did It!

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If this beautiful photograph by artsopure.com.au doesn’t inspire you to wear wings, I don’t know what will. Help your little ones learn the importance of practicing kindness, even when no one is around to see. For the entire day, they should sneak around and practice random acts of kindness. When asked, “Did you make your sister’s bed?” They should say, “A little angel did it!”

 

Help point out ideas so they can learn to look for opportunities such as cleaning up the toys, taking the dish to the sink after dinner, sharing the last cookie, etc. It won’t take long for the lesson to sink in: kindness is fun! And it’s even better when it’s given without being recognized for the effort.

 

Day 21: Good Morning, Love!

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Rise and shine! It’s time to put a little love in those tummies with this terrific idea from frostmeblog.com . Simply unroll refrigerated cinnamon rolls and reshape into hearts. Bake as directed and wait for the smiles!

Day 20: Add a Little Magic to the Bathtub

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Who says elves don’t take baths? Reindeer too? This is how they bathe in the North Pole! Drop dollarstore glowsticks into the water and dim the lights for an absolutely polar-ific tubtime!

 
 
 

Day 19: Gratitude Rolls

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Looking for a special way to keep the true meaning of Christmas alive this holiday season? I LOVE this simple idea from Jen at beautyandbedlam.com .

Start by asking each family member to write on a small slip of paper (let little ones dictate their thoughts for you). Encourage them to share something they are grateful for or a special thought about what Christmas means to them.

Next, prepare rolls, spraying the inside lightly with cooking spray. Place one paper strip in each roll. Bake as directed and serve warm. As each person unwraps a message, they read it aloud to the family at Christmas dinner.

Day 18: Family Traditions

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It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make the holiday season extra special for those you love. Red and green sprinkles in the pancakes on Christmas morning, milk and cookies left for Santa, reindeer food sprinkled on the lawn. All of these are little ways to help your children remember the magic, but if you’re looking for a few new ideas this year, try these.

Instead of buying an artificial tree, take a family outing and cut a live tree from a farm or from you own property if you live on acreage. Donate it to be used as hatcheries by your local wildlife office. Or, better yet, make it a tradition to plant a new tree each year and decorate outdoors.

Give each child one new ornament a year to recognize his/her biggest accomplishments or special interests each year. Consider favorite cartoon characters, ballet slippers, a special pet. Anything that will make you look back next year and say…Oh, Remember how you were SO into (Sponge Bob)….

Slumber Party! Pull out the sleeping bags, light the fireplace, and make room for everyone…it’s time to campout under the Christmas tree! Tell stories of your childhood Christmas memories, sing Christmas songs, read the nativity story, and plan your New Year’s resolutions. Just don’t be the first to fall asleep, or you might wake up to a case of the red and green polka dots! (round stickers all over your pj’s!)

 

Day 17: Fun with Photos

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What kid doesn’t love to see pictures of himself? Just wait until you see the smiles when you trap your little ones in the soap container! Pinned on pinterest, this idea is simple and basically cost-free. Snap a photo, glue to white paper, trim around image. Then, photocopy onto laminating paper (less than $1.00 at your local office store) and trim again. Then, roll to fit into a soap container with clear liquid soap, and you’ve got a personalized bathroom gadget that will help them remember to wash their hands!
 
 
 
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If your child likes to build tall, tall towers and dinosaur caves, make the most of those building blocks by attaching family photos with modgepodge. This will help your child remember their extended family members, even if they’re miles away. Find detailed instructions at lemontreecreations or just wing it. It’s a can’t fail project.
 

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And how cute is this? Perfect for pre-readers who struggle with traditional gift tags, photos attached to presents will bring nothing but joy when it’s present time at your house!