I had plans to write much more on this subject, but actually, right about now I have finally reached my Christmas fun quota and am just about nearly sick to death of partying. So here is the abridged version of our 12 days of Christmas. I had hopes to do a dolls' Christmas and make some gifts for them (scarves, pencils, books, candy, blankets, etc.) but that never did happen. Next year it MUST. And I put a ca-bash (this year) on the yearly wildlife tree, unless I get an extra dose of gumption in the next day or two.
On the 4th day of Christmas~ we had an ice cream sundae party.
On the 5th day of Christmas~ we took the children bowling for the first time ever.
We have some very stylish bowlers in the family.
There is the ballerina bowler:
The olympian bowler:
And the side-throw-then-hands in pocket bowler:
I (of course) was the most normal of the bunch. not
Matt won, but just by a hair (!!!) and I got no less than three strikes. Of course, I broke every nail on my right hand while doing it. Bowling is so much more fun now that you aren't inside of a cigarette smokebomb. (NY state law, my friends: one of the (very few) GOOD ones.)
On the 6th day of Christmas~ the children saw Mama kissing Santa Clause. (Never got around to a celebration)
On the 7th day of Christmas~ we had New Years Eve company stay overnight!!!! We had special drinks and special food and in the morning, had de-lish cinnamon rolls. What more could you ask for?!?
On the 8th day of Christmas~ we decorated gingerbread paraphernalia. (Houses, sleighs, etc.) Mental note: make your own gingerbread next year. Gingerbread house kits, while on sale after Christmas, are likely also smashed to smithereens. Just make it yourself. end note.
On the 9th day of Christmas~ I got sick. Nursed my throbbing head and nauseous tummy and slept through baby crying (I *think*) while the rest of the crew went to church.
On the 10th day of Christmas~ We had a Christmas book reading marathon before we pack them away for the season.
On the 11th day of Christmas~ we made thank you cards for all the gifts this Christmas. Used our Christmas cards for decorations and playing with glue is always fun. The WRITING of the cards will be done a bit each day for handwriting work.
On the 12th day of Christmas~ Had intended to do our yearly wildlife tree, but I had long lost my Christmas steam, so I called it quits without doing anything special. Such a bad Mama.
There ya have it. We squeaked out as much joy as could be had out of this Christmas. :-)