I know that I am not alone when I say this but I LOVE the holidays!! From before Thanksgiving to after New Years is my favorite time of year. This holiday season is different for me and my family. For the first time in our married life my husband and I are not with extended family. We took this opportunity to create family traditions of our own with our children and we are having fun doing it! The month of December we are doing Countdown to Christmas Family Activities! Every day someone gets to draw an activity from a jar, then later in the day/evening we will do this activity together as a family!
So far we have done a movie, with cookies and hot chocolate, and Christmas Scattergories!(see below for instructions) We also have planned: play Christmas games, watch different Christmas movies, make Christmas ornament, make and decorate Christmas cookies, make pictures for grandparents, deliver goodies to our neighbours and friends, go Christmas shopping, and have a Polar Express night complete with Polar Express hot chocolate and the movie! Also, because we live on a tropical island we will go look at Christmas lights and get ice cream as well as go out and build "sandmen".
Christmas Scattergories!! (This is how we played)
1. Print and cut our the letters of the alphabet and place in jar or bowl.
2. Decide on Christmas categories. (Christmas songs, movies, characters...ect.)
3. Divide into teams
4. Draw a letter. Each category must start with that letter! ("m"+christmas goodies=mint m&m's)
5. Set timer and go!
6. When time is up the teams compare and any answer matching does not count!!
We did this 4 times around (every member playing got to pick a letter)