Warning: If Santa will be bringing gifts for your kids this Christmas, do not let the kids read over your shoulder!
Hawaii Boy (12) lost another tooth this week. Our kids always knew the truth about Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. We weren’t totally against the idea of having bit of fun with those imaginary beings. But, our kids knew.
So, when HB lost his tooth, he was hoping the “Tooth Fairy” would be generous. Funny thing is, he said, “I know where the money comes from. I’ve known since I was two and you told me all about it.” When.he.was.two? ROFL! I’m pretty sure he can’t remember anything from when he ws TWO!
I know this is not a post about losing teeth or the Tooth Fairy, but since it is about Christmas – and Santa (one of the other notreal beings) is mentioned – I thought this was as good a time as any to share that!
Do you have any favorite memories of Christmas?
I have a bunch but most of them are from when I was a child. See, my parents did do the “Santa thing” and I did believe. Ironic, huh? The gal with so many great memories of “Santa” didn’t do it with her own kids.
I remember one Christmas at my grandparents’ farmhouse. My mother is one of ten siblings and her youngest sister is only four years older than I am. So, I was probably about 9 and my aunt was about 13. Everyone really played up the whole Santa is coming in a sleigh thing for me and my brother. He’s six years younger.
My grandparents’ farmhouse had a breezeway porch between the kitchen/dining room and the rest of the house. We could stand out on the porch and still feel almost like we were inside. I remember someone pointing out an airplane in the sky and saying it was light from Santa’s sleigh. They also said we should hurry to bed because Santa would not come until we were asleep. Oh I believed!
I remember so many Christmas mornings. My brother and I would get up and go straight to the tree. From every Christmas, we have pictures of us sitting around the tree – in our jammies – opening presents from “Santa”! Isn’t it that way everywhere?
The first time I spent Christmas with my husband’s family, I got up and was so excited about gathering with the family and opening presents. Except we didn’t. Not for a long time. Like hours. We didn’t do it until after Christmas dinner. I was so shocked. I couldn’t fathom the idea of not opening presents first thing. Hahaha!
But, I discovered some wonderful new traditions. For instance, Robert’s Mom had a favorite Christmas storybook that she would always read on Christmas Eve. One year, she wasn’t up to reading and she asked me to do it. Me?! What an honor!
She also made (still does!) a Yule Log Cake every year. I didn’t know what that was until I went there. Man, I had been missing out! One year, while we were still in Alaska, she made the sponge cake and put some icing in a bowl. She mailed it to us and we iced it, ate it, enjoyed it, and didn’t get sick! (Honestly, both the cake and the icing are heated, so we were fairly safe.) I have that recipe now and I love making it! I especially love eating it!
Another great memory that I have is of our first Christmas with our daughter. Alaska Girl was 5 months old and we were staying at the Kenai Princess Lodge. We stayed in a cabin. It was so peaceful. Of course, we took the presents with us. And, of course, she played with the wrappings and ribbons! One of my favorite pictures of Alaska Girl is of her lying on that bed playing with Christmas ribbons. Good times!
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Gone are the days of trying to write in “Santa’s handwriting.” Educents has made it so easy to make your child feel special and loved by Santa! The personalized letter comes straight to your front door from the North Pole in a beautiful red envelope, and highlights your child’s exciting accomplishments this year. The letter also includes some fun Santa-approved activities for you and your kiddo to spend some sweet holiday time together, like a recipe for Mrs. Claus’ Famous Cookies, two snowflake craft templates, a packet of reindeer food (glitter!) and a sheet of festive stickers. This special letter will make for an imaginative and exciting addition to the very top of our Christmas stockings this year!
This letter will make for an imaginative start to any Christmas morning, but there’s more pressure now to keep the fun going! Here are some other easy stocking stuffers to keep the magic going for your kiddos this year!
Educational Stocking Stuffer Ideas
1. FREE DIY Crystal Christmas Tree Experiment – An opportunity to spend more time together as a family is one of the best gifts you can give! These directions for a DIY salt-crystal Christmas tree can get the whole family involved and teach everyone something new!
2. DIY Push Light Planets – Create these amazing lights for your kiddo’s bedroom. Each light is decorated to represent one of the planets. To encourage planet recognition, even paint the names of the planets onto each pushable light!
3. Show Me the Kwan – Looking for a great, fun game for the whole family to play after all the presents have been opened? This clever and upbeat word game gets kids excited about vocabulary, word construction and more and is the perfect size for a stocking!
4. Matching Games for Little Learners – These handmade wooden matching games from Mama May I are a very sweet stocking stuffer for little learners. Choose from Zoo, Trucks, Vegetables, Space and more!
5. The Familia Craft Kit – This craft kit has all the tools for your kiddos to decoupage little wooden peg dolls to create their own story or to include in a new adventure! They come in a slim tube that’s easy to fit in a stocking!
6. DIY Domino Set – This homemade domino set is one you and your family can play for years to come. To make this set special for the holidays, use green and red puff paint!
7. DIY Pop-Up Alphabet Sponges – This simple gift is a low-cost way to make baby’s bath time fun and educational! Cut sponges into the shapes of alphabet letters and numbers.
8. DigiPuppets – This adorable animal finger puppet acts as a touchscreen-sensitive stylus for phones and tablets. Use them on their own to keep kids engaged with digital learning tools, or head to the app store to download DigiPuppet’s educational games.
9. Just Add Milk Science & Art Kit – This kit is filled with fun science and art projects you can do along with some at home ingredients, and it’s just the size of a milk carton! If your child is lactose-intolerant, don’t worry, the experiments work with non-dairy milk as well!
10. DIY Telling Time Clock Pillow – Crafty family members can take a few hours to create this comfortable accessory for kiddos learning to tell time!
11. Clever Catch Math Balls – These inflatable balls make math-learning fun with active games you can play with 2 or more people. Just keep it deflated, and this blow-up Clever Catch is ready for the stocking! Choose from: Numbers 0-25, Money, Multiplication, Addition, or Subtraction.
12. DIY Hopscotch Mat – Here’s a fun game you can make yourself, roll up into a Christmas stocking, and then play on Christmas Day and many, MANY days after that!
13. DIY Bongo Rice Shakers – Use some household materials to make shakable, musical instruments for little ones to use while Christmas caroling on Christmas Day!
Looking for more ways to make your Christmas stockings and holiday gifts extra special this year? Head to Educents’ Give the Gift of Education page for more ideas, tips, steals and deals!