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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 7, Begin Our Friday Holiday Film Fest with an Unusual Double Feature and Make Kringle Corn!

We’re starting our Friday Night Holiday Film Festival with a rather unusual double feature: Gremlins and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Neither of these movies are particularly “good.” But, after a long week of school, the kids are bound to enjoy a good giggle and squeal. We’re going to try to limit their “sweets” intake tonight […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2011 Advent Calendar 2011: A Shadowbox Spectacular:  An Introduction to the ProjectAdvent Shadowbox: Day 1, Baking Cookies: Test-Cookies for Santa’s Plate – Chewy Chocolate Chip Toffee Bit Cookies.Advent Shadowbox: Day 2, Daily Bread Food Bank: Our first “Giving Day,” Making Contributions to the Daily Bread Food Bank in two ways.Advent Shadowbox: Day 3, […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Christmas Eve Checklist

December 24, 2011 28th Day of Advent Christmas Eve ____________________ Christmas Eve Checklist ____________________ □ Make Chocolate Chip Cookies for Santa □ Make Gingerbread Cutouts, too! □ Go to Family Mass □ Indulge in the Feast of the Seven Fishes □ Ice the Bûche de Noël □ Drink Hot Chocolate and Sing the Carols You […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 27, Allons au Cinéma!

December 23, 2011 27th Day of Advent 2 Days til Christmas LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! You’ve done a great job reading the adventures! Now grab your 3D glasses! We’ll catch the new TINTIN movie after school! _____________ The kids, especially my daughter, have been reading Tintin comics religiously after school. When they saw the movie […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 26, “Santa Baby” Cookies

December 22, 2011 26th Day of Advent 3 Days ’til Christmas Make Mama’s Famous “Santa Baby” Cookies Ingredients 1 c unsalted butter, softened 1.5 c brown sugar .5 c granulated sugar 2 eggs, room temperature 2 tsp vanilla 2 c all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda .5 tsp salt 1 c oats 2 c semi-sweet […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 25, Elvis Dog and Reindeer Cookies

December 21, 2011 25th Day of Advent 4 Days til Christmas Lure Santa’s Reindeer and Keep the Dog Quiet Once They Get Here… Elvis Dog & Reindeer Cookies Ingredients 1/3-1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup mashed banana 1 egg 2 teaspoons honey 1 cup whole wheat flour (or pulverized oats) 1/2 cup oats egg whites […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 23, Library in a Box for Haiti (via PlanCanada.ca)

December 19, 2011 23rd Day of Advent 6 Days til Christmas Dear Kids, Last Night, Mama & Papa logged on to Plan Canada (http://www.plancanada.ca). After looking over all of their Gifts of Hope, we purchased a Library in a Box for Haiti in your honour (pictured above). Today, we’ll check out the site together and browse all of the […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 21, Carol Hootenanny

December 17, 2011 21st Day of Advent 8 Days til Christmas WRITE & PERFORM A CHRISTMAS CAROL! _____________________________ Find a Tune You Like Or Invent One of Your Own Add Original Lyrics And Grab a Microphone It`s Our Annual Family Christmas Carol Hootenanny Be Ready With Your Original Tunes! The Gang Meets Tonight At Seven O’clock […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 20, Festive After-School “Spa”

 December 16, 2011 20th Day of Advent 9 Days ’til Christmas Festive After-School Spa Back Rubs, Foot Massages, Elf Hairdos, Santa Beards, and Washable–Marker Holiday Tattoos, Manicures and Pedicures Of Festive Red & Green, And Fireside “Saunas” With Cookies and Cream __________ Today we’ll be breaking out the washable markers and paints to “transform” ourselves into […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 18, Make Clove Oranges

December 14, 2011 18th Day of Advent 11 Days ’til Christmas Turn an orange into a scented ornament by plunging cloves in festive patterns all over the orange’s rind. Then, wrap it in ribbons and hang it in a doorway or place it on the mantle by the fire. _______________ It wouldn’t be Christmas without […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 17, Christmas Crack-ups

December 13, 2011 17th Day of Advent 12 Days ’til Christmas CHRISTMAS CRACK-UPS Knock-Knock! Who’s There? Santa.   Santa Who? ____insert funny bit here!____ Write Holiday Knock-Knock Jokes and Other Silly Sayings Featuring your Favourite Christmas Characters: Santa, the Elves, Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch… When you’re finished, place your jokes  into an envelope and send them to a […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 16, Have a Tree Planted

December 12th, 2011 16th Day of Advent 13 Days ’til Christmas  In honour of your Great Grand Aunt Rose and all of those dear to us who have passed away, have a tree planted near the place where you live now, in your own province. Give to Trees Ontario http://www.treesontario.ca via Canada Helps http://www.canadahelps.org

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 14, Salt Dough Ornaments

December 10, 2011     14th Day of Advent     15 Days ’til Christmas Basic Ingredients 2 Cups Flour 1 Cup Table Salt 1 Cup Water Tools and Decor Food Colouring Cookie Cutters Straws Acrylic or Tempera Paints Glitter and Glue Permanent  Markers or Fancy Pens Method Combine Flour and Salt in a Bowl Gradually Add Water Let […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 13, Movie, Lego, Mindfulness

December 9, 2011 13th Day of Advent 16 Days ’til Christmas Today, our MERRY-MAKING splits  us up. The girls set off with a few good friends for a holiday MOVIE, while the boys embark upon a living room LEGO-building contest royale. BE MINDFUL, then, of what you see and hear and feel and think today. So that when we come […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 12, Afternoon Sundae Bar

December 8th, 2011 12th Day of Advent 17 Days ’til Christmas It’s a Short Week at School. Let’s Celebrate in Style. This Afternoon, We’ll Gather Christmas Candies in a Pile, And We’ll Chop them,  and We’ll Drop Them  into Buckets of Ice Cream With Marshmallows, Chocolate Sauce,  Cherries, Sprinkles, Candy Floss.   You Can Build, Dears, Whatever You Dream…. _______________________ This […]

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