November flew by even faster than October, who knew it was possible, yet here we are. We had some awesome outings, kids participated in our homeschool program’s annual science fair, we were very sick with nasty respiratory bug that is going around, welcomed first real snowfall of the season and a few after that, had a very quiet Thanksgiving…. And it’s December tomorrow, which means The Best Season of All 2015 is starting!
Every year we have a very special month of December, having some holiday fun every day. I usually make a calendar of activities and kids are excited to find out what will each day bring. Last Year’s calendar and list of fun things to do can be found here. Follow the tag to see what we actually managed to do.
This year’s calendar is all drawings of mine
Activities are spread through the whole month (don’t ask what it takes to come up with them, every year I try to add something new to old faves). None of these are mandatory for us of course, life happens and most of the month will be very busy with various things, so we’ll do what we can.
1- Cut snowflakes to decorate windows
2-Decorate the house with lights and garlands
4-Family movie night
5- Hang lights outside
6- Winter concert (D.’s choir performs)
7- Winter art project
8- Hot chocolate and cake day (+one more concert for D.)
9-Open New Books (something holiday themed perhaps)
10-Finger knitting (excited about this one, something new for all of us!)
11-Buy a tree
12-Make homemade tree ornaments
13- Make cards for friends and teachers
14- A tiny holiday village (out of lego or cardboard)
15-Letter to Santa
16- Decorate a candle
17-Winter scavenger hunt (weather permitting)/winter art
18-Holiday lights drive
19-Family game night
21-Create a winter tale (my dream is to make a pop up book with them or a mini-movie, but even a short writing will count)
22-Happy Winter Solstice!
23-Holiday season around the world
24-Cookies, movies,books- happy Christmas eve! (Iceland tradition of book giving delighted me so much that this year I plan to tweak our “books under the tree” tradition and have them choose one each on Christmas Eve, so they don’t have to wait until morning)
26-Make a bird feeder
27-Make an ice lamp
29-Build a fort in the living room and “hibernate” all day
30-Make mini wish bottles
31- Remember the best parts of 2015 and get ready to welcome 2016
So here it is. We’ll see how it goes, today doesn’t feel like almost Christmas time yet, despite the snow and quite a few decorations being out already. This year I steered clear from overexcited stores peddling holiday ornaments as early as September, it’s refreshing and seems like a proper transition from fall holidays into winter time.
Happy December to all!