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I’ve been noticing how children make holidays come to life. They love to prepare for something special, to create a celebration. When it comes to holidays, my children do bring out the best in me. I enjoy reaching back into my memory for stories and traditions to share, and designing the rituals that will become our own family’s traditions.
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Looking for a holiday film? Today Flack, a young film critic, reviews Arthur Christmas. Find more reviews on flickflackmovietalk, a blog where two eleven-year-old boys talk about movies.
Arthur Christmas tells the story of the Claus family. There’s the current Santa named Malcolm, the classic looking ho-ho ho man; there’s Steve, the modern and selfish one who’s next in line; and then there’s the Grandsanta, who’s been retired for a while but still quite lively. Of course there’s also, not surprisingly, just one Mrs. Claus and lots and lots of elves.
We set up this year’s Gingerbread Village—now an annual tradition—on the buffet in the dining room. Not sure why we never placed it here before—seems well-suited nestled in this cave-like space where one must bend down to peak at the scene from standing position but is easily seen at eye level when one is seated at the table.
The village has a home on the left, a short stroll to the urban village. The town center is the large center building with a tiny building on the right, serving as the beloved library. The movie theater, located on the far right, adorned with bright lights, is currently showing a 3-D film.Gingerbread-Santa-Sleigh-GV
Creating a gingerbread village has become an annual tradition in my family. Even though I love to make the houses for it with my kids, I am a better crafter than a baker. And since I have not mastered the art of creating an edible gingerbread house, I have hacked together gingerbread houses that look pretty good in the end and are fun for the kids to assemble.
I use a combination of ready-made gingerbread kits, graham crackers, old Halloween candy, and a low-temp glue gun to construct our village. Add some lights, trees, figurines, and cotton batting, and you have a miniature winter wonderland. If you want a pre-assembled house or to bake yours from scratch, check the list of helpful resources below.
I love paper products and so my head is easily turned when even tissue boxes with festive holiday images appear on the shelves at Target. This year’s patterns are especially adorable and feature simple and cheerful motifs. So cute in fact, that I find myself unable to place them in the recycling bin. And that’s how this little project started.
Also makes a fun non-breakable ornament
Find baker’s twine at post-holiday clearance sales at stores like Crate & Barrel
Use this idea year-round for gift tags
I love “real” holiday cards—especially designing them—but even more in our social media frenzied world where we rarely send “physical” mail anymore, receiving a personal card or letter is a rare delight.
Although I think about creating our family holiday card well in advance, planning what it takes to make the card happen (design/photo/updated addresses/night to write and stamp them) slips behind once the December bustle takes over — making and shopping for gifts, baking cookies, attending special holiday events. All too often our holiday card becomes a Happy New Year greeting.
Jill Davidson shares her thoughts on holidays, schools, and cultural identity (also available in the December 2012 East Side Monthly issue). How do we celebrate the diversity of our kids’ cultural traditions without imposing ones religious views on others? The public school, out of necessity, practically bans discussion or acknowledgement of the December holidays in the classroom, but does this breed ignorance or is it a missed opportunity to celebrate and learn about our different heritages? – Anisa