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Picnic Beneath the Christmas Tree

Today is pure and simple joy! We’re going to have a picnic beneath the Christmas tree! That’s right…. We’re going to order our favourite take-out, turn on the fire, and use the Christmas tree skirt as our tablecloth. Heck, we might even throw a few holiday films on the “big screen” while we munch! Aaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnd…That […]

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Make Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce and Carrot Cake Jam

Hello, again! And again! There are certain things we do over and over, because, well, they are fantastic! Today, we’re making our famous Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce and Carrot Cake Jam to serve at the holidays and to give away as last minute gifts, you know, for the whozits and whatsits who show up at […]

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Stocking Stuffers: Design Your Own Playing Cards

The kids have really been enjoying their card games this year, especially Pinochle.  So, I thought, why don’t I get them some holiday playing cards? Well, beware the Google… Look out, kids! Run! It’s the giant U. S. Game Systems’ Santa with a mistletoe whip and a cone of flame! After looking at that, I […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Thanks for joining us for our Advent Shadowbox 2012 Calendar!  ______________________ Quick Links for Mobile Users Summer of Funner : The Lunchbox Season : In Defense of Burning

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 24, Christmas Eve Checklist

□ Make sure there are enough cookies for Santa. If not, make some more! □ Prepare the Cannoli Buche de Noel for tomorrow’s Christmas dinner. □ Go to Family Mass □ Indulge in the Feast of the Seven Fishes □ Drink Hot Chocolate and Sing Carols. □ Leave Cookies, Milk, and Maybe Even Some Reindeer Biscuits by the Fire […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 20, Make a Deck of Constellation Cards

Make a Deck of Constellation Cards! The kids are really interested in astrological signs and constellations. For some time now, I’ve been admiring the gorgeous, read-it-by-candlelight constellation book on the Keep Moving Forward Blog (at left) and the lovely constellation books at Quince and Quire: Starry Drafts. So, when I found easy-print consteallation templates over […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 18, Make Silhouette Self-Portrait Cards and Send Them To Friends and Family

Today, the kids are going to make Silhouette Self-Portraits and send them to family members with handwritten holiday greetings and a few words about what they’ve been up to over the past few weeks inside. Silhouette Self-Portraits Materials Black Construction Paper White Paper White Chalk Scissors Glue OR Pre-Printed Silhouettes Made from Digital Photographs [See my post: How to […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 17, Fill A Pantry

Today, we make an online contribution to The Daily Bread Food Bank.   The kids suggest that everyone look around for food banks in their communites and support their efforts today! ______________________ Quick Links for Mobile Users         Summer of Funner  :  The Lunchbox Season  :  In Defense of Burning

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 16, Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Act IV

We’ve turned the corner from tragedy to comedy! It’s time to illustrate the romantic scenes from Shakespeare’s play! I really hope the kids enjoy today’s installment of The Winter’s Tale. I’m quite looking forward to the kids’ illustrations of “TIME” and of our young lovers. [And, Act Four Scene Four is the second longest single […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 15, Gingerbread Party, Design, Build, Decorate

Today, the kids are going to have a Gingerbread Party. They’ll cut, bake, and DECORATE some gingerbread cookie cutouts. Then, they’ll use paper and charcoal pencils to DESIGN the ultimate gingerbread house. Finally, they’ll use store-bought royal icing, graham crackers, ice cream cones, some of those gingerbread men, and candies [even a few leftovers from […]

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