Monday, December 11, 2017

December 8th, 2017

Merry Christmas!!!
This week, we really started to get into the spirit.

Especially since the weather outside was frightful.

But the fire was so delightful.

And since we had no place to go, we let it (hydrated polymer blend) snow.

Let it snow.

Let it snow.

Our first order of business this week was Christmasing up the classroom!

We carefully "frosted" construction paper gingerbread men with a mixture of paint, glue and shaving cream... make our gingerbread door display.  Stay tuned next week for real gingerbread men!

We outlined Christmas trees and then sponge painted them... make our tree display!

We put craft sticks in order, from smallest to largest...

...decorated them to make Christmas tree ornaments...

...and then hung them on our tree!

We also carefully painted a picture and dictated what our favorite thing was about Christmas time.

On Nutcracker Day, we read the book and then had an opportunity to play with nutcrackers... Nutcracker BINGO...

...make our own nutcrackers...

...and, finally, watch scenes from the ballet.  Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies was a favorite (of course, so was Battle With Mouse King).

On How the Grinch Stole Christmas day, we read the book and then found letter i's in the text.

Then, we had a hot chocolate party as we watched the cartoon.

In between all of this, we practiced for our performance in pajamas...

...and we practiced.

Finally, we were ready for the big day!  We did SO wonderfully!!!

But the big, BIG event of the week???
Santa and Mrs. Claus!!!!

We could hardly contain ourselves!

We each waited so patiently...

...for a turn to sit down with him.

Afterwards, we even got a special visit from Betty the Elf...

...who told us it was time to tear open our presents!

It was an amazing ending to a magical week!

This family are dear friends of mine and, following in their grandfather's footsteps, have begun to attend events and even FaceTime Santa calls.  You can find them on Facebook at
Real Bearded Santa and Betty the Elf.

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