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the december list

December 1, 2009

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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