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Christmas 2012 wrap up

"Wrap up".  I crack myself up with all my "witty" puns.  I realize I'm the only one amused and I accept this.

Well, since tomorrow is New Years Eve I figured I better get all the Christmas festivities updated on the blog, especially since we packed up Christmas at our house on Christmas night after the boys went to be bed.  That's right, our Christmas tree and decor was put away on Christmas night.  That might make me a bit of a Grinch, but I like to wake up on the 26th with a normal house so that I can clean clean clean.

I'll try to make this short and sweet with lots of pictures-  I got the idea from Pinterest to do a small Polar Express type experience with the boys at home.  We read the book, then I made special golden tickets and hid them in their beds.

We put them to be early so that we could take them to Santa Land (which Jackson still thinks is the North Pole) to see Santa.  I honestly didn't think this little idea would be a big deal to th…

Making salt-dough ornaments

So we made some salt-dough ornaments last weekend and Jackson has far better ornament making skills than his mother!  I kept messing up, but time and time again his ornaments came out perfect.  He's a chip off the old crafting block!

Austin didn't want anything to do with the dough, but he had a good time chewing on the cookie cutters.

This face is so cute!  I just want to squeeze this little boy all day!  Look at those sweet little cheeks.

Jackson's perfecting his dough ornament skills.  Seriously, he made no mistakes.  Not one.
He gives his brother a run for his money on the cutest little face in town!

Jackson with our ornaments this year.  Look at the humongous hand print- I swear his hands are almost as big as mine already.  He's so big!

Jackson wanted to take a picture of the ornaments all by himself.  He did a pretty good job.  And check out those ornaments- I told you he's an ornament making champ!

Jackson's school activities

I can not say enough how much I LOVE Jackson's school!  I like that it's a Christian environment so they have REAL Christmas activities and programs.  The kids are so excited this time of year and I like that even at school Jackson is reminded that Christmas is about Christ.

Jackson had his first Christmas program.  It was the story of Christ's birth.  SO SO SO cute!!  I get so emotional when I think about how much Jackson has grown up already.  Just being at a school for a program for him made me tear up while I waited anxiously to see him.  Then I saw him walk out in his little angel outfit and I cried uncontrollably.  In fact, I'm tearing up again just thinking about it.  What is wrong with me?!?!  Jackson did perfectly!  He was loud and irreverent.   He wouldn't keep his little angel halo on and loudly told his teacher that he no longer needed it right in the middle of the program.  He picked his nose (which, honestly, he doesn't even do at home- I guess th…

St Nicholas Day 2012

St Nicholas day this year was a little difficult.  If you're not familiar, it's a German tradition that children leave their notes to Santa in their stockings and an elf comes and takes the note back to Santa.  The elf leaves a treat if the child's on the good list and rocks (or coal) if the child is on the naughty list, and then the child has the next 2-3 weeks to get back on the good list.  Well, Jackson has had a rough week and yesterday was no different.  He finally cleaned up his attitude and started making good choices just in time for me to call Santa and tell him he can stay on the good list.  ...for now.  I really thought this was going to be Jackson's first year for rocks, but he saved himself in the "Nick" of time. hahaha, pun intended!

Last night we let the boys pick out some toys that they want out of some toy ads and then they glued them on to paper to give to Santa.  Here's Jackson with his stocking and letter last night.  He was so excited…

Let the Christmas festivities begin!

I LOVE this time of year and I LOVE that the boys are both big enough that they can both participate in fun Christmas activities!

 First, we started the 24 days of Christmas on the 1st of December. It's basically just a song and a Christ centered activity every night that leads up to Christmas. The first night Jim and I both got a little teary and it was only a little 5 minute video clip along with the song "Away in a Manger". Anyway, you can join in the 24 days of Christmas anytime, here's the link.
Second, I want all of our December FHE's to be about Christ's birth.  Yesterday's FHE was SO MUCH FUN!!  Jim and I had just as much fun as the boys did.  I got the basic idea from Pinterest and kind of made the rest my own.  After prayer and a song (Away in the Manger again- it's my and Jackson's favorite) we read the story of Christmas from the book The First Christmas by Carol Heyer.  It has great pictures and tells the story a little bit easier …