I’ve been collecting ideas for the holidays, some homeschool-related, but mostly just good, old-fashioned Christmas fun. Here are a few really inspiring links. Maybe a few of them will even become traditions for us!:
J. D. Roth, at Get Rich Slowly, is sharing one of his own favorite Christmas traditions, The Cinnamon Bear. I’ve downloaded the mp3′s, and I’m ready with the hot chocolate so we can all listen after dinner! There’s one for every night of Advent (not religious, though)!
Making a Colored Pasta Garland with a Preschooler is lots of fun! We did it for my David’s 3rd Christmas, and I think we may just take a crack at it again this year. I know lots of people love an artfully decorated tree, but I like mine to look like the kids did it. Mostly because everything I do looks like a kid did it. I’m not skilled in the ways of making things beautiful. Not at all.
Besides the pasta garlands, Tara has a whole collection of Christmas Crafts for preschoolers. I’m going to be cribbing from her liberally this month. If you don’t read Feels Like Home, now is a good time to start. Tara is just wonderful.
Teach Mama has an Advent Activity Calendar (hurry and you can get caught up before Advent gets away from you!)
A Holy Experience is giving away a wonderful Advent devotional (this is the one we’re doing this year). This is a really well-done e-book/printable. Subscribe and download it!
My own creation, which is not nearly as cool as I’d like it to be, but it’s mine and I love it. Those are just plain gift bags from Wal-Mart, glued to pretty ribbons and hung from a garland. I stuff each of the bags with little trinkets, candies, activities, and crafts. It’s a fun way to count down to Christmas, and the kids don’t know it’s not fancy.:
Gosh, I think this calls for a linky. Link up your Christmas ideas and activities, traditions and musings below!