Our 25 Days of Christmas is going to be anything but. No carefully planned daily activities, this is totally a seat-of-the-pants thing. Witness:
- Instead of starting with December 1st, we’re starting with St. Nicholas Day, December 6th.
days, he leaves treats in the shoes of boys and girls.)
- Instead of having St. Nicholas Day on December 6th, we’re doing it tomorrow, December 8th. Because St. Nicholas hasn’t had a chance to go shopping yet.
- If St. Nicholas doesn’t go shopping soon, St. Nicholas Day will duly be shifted to the 9th. Or, well, that would mean opening shoes on a school morning, so maybe the 12th – which is, of course the traditional day for the Patron Saint of Unwedded Girls and Unhappy School-Teachers.
For non-Ontarians: Ontario teachers are staging rotating
one-day strikes. The 12th is Ottawa’s lucky day.
- Instead of starting our Advent calendar on the 8th (or 9th, or 12th) and counting up to 25, we’re starting from 17 (or 16, or 13) and counting DOWN. Because no matter where we start, we end at 0.
Practical upshot – this is probably the last year I can arbitrarily shift holidays around on the calendar (I’ve been known to move Christmas), and I am going to make the most of it.
- set shoes out for St. Nicholas
- watch The Sweater
- watch The Grinch
- make peppermint bark
- blow ice-bubbles
- go for our first skate on our first backyard rink (this may be a bit optimistic)
- make Christmas presents for the cousins
- bake cookies
- take a collection of cookies/bark to the neighbours
- Christmas music dance party
- tour the neighbourhood to see the Christmas lights
- make salt dough ornaments
- build a snowman
- make ice balls
- buy a tree
- decorate the tree
- make candy cane mice
- decorate the house
- put up Christmas lights & a wreath on the front door
What do you have planned for the holidays?